Floral arrangement is one of the best ways to express emotion nonverbally, second only to interpretive kickboxing. Say what words never will with today's Groupon: for $45, you get three basic flower-arranging classes at Field of Flowers, valid at locations in Davie, Boca Raton, and South Miami Dade (a $95 value). Classes are held once weekly for three weeks, and are available in English at all locations, and in Spanish at the Davie and South Miami Dade location. Students must bring a cutting tool.
Field of Flowers’ seasoned florists rain knowledge upon blossoming botanists during small-group floral-arrangement classes. During one-hour sessions, green gurus lead 6–12 students through the process of creating their own original arrangement. Green thumbs become fully hued as instructors teach the basics of color patterns, balance, design, and persuading feuding roses to sit side by side. Each week, attendees leave class sporting their own original floral creation, ready to take home and brighten up a drab domicile. All flowers and most supplies are included, though students must bring their own shears, knife, or keenly sharpened wit to each class ($12.70 for purchase). For extra study outside of the sessions, the shop’s website helps customers care for their blooms by fielding questions on cutting stems, watering flowers, and waking snoring leaves. Check the online schedule for class times.
Field of Flowers
Some of Donn F. Flipse's earliest memories are of him wielding a broom, sweeping up the fallen petals and snipped-off stamen that have gathered around the feet of the floral designers at his family's flower shop. Eight-year-old Donn eventually moved up in rank, escorting arrangements to their destinations in the delivery truck as soon as he got his license. When he graduated college, he almost turned his back on the flower business his father and his grandfather built, but after mentoring under one of the shop's floral designers, he realized, “It was in his blood.” In 1990, he opened Field of Flowers in Davie.
The rose, he says, continues to be the most popular flower, although different breeds take the crown every so often—the current favorite is the garden rose, a throwback blossom like what might flourish in a well-tended backyard. Donn's favorites are the rose-like lisanthius and the Canterbury bells, which look delicate but are sturdy and long lasting, much like a quarterback who takes ballet classes.
Field of Flower's team of designers compose striking arrangements using popular flowers as well as rare blooms such as orchids or birds of paradise. The team also crafts design pieces for celebrations, with past creations including a french poodle sculpted from flowers and a Spongebob Squarepants–themed arrangements in which blue gel simulated the ocean, submerging plants in an under-the-sea wonderland.