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Floral design, exam prep course to start Feb. 16

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer presents a class on basic floral design and a Louisiana Retail Floral Exam Prep Course beginning Saturday, Feb. 16.

The course will be taught on Feb. 16, 23 and March 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Master’s Bouquet at 108 South Drive in Natchitoches. The cost is $200 plus a $100 supply fee.

Those in the class will learn basic techniques such as making a bow, various wiring techniques for flowers, how to design a centerpiece and more. Whether you would like to enter the floral industry as a designer assistant, or just want to arrange flowers at home, this class will teach the basics you need to know.

The Louisiana Retail Florist Exam Prep Course is an 87-hour course with seven hours of classroom work and 80 hours of hands on training. Classroom training will be Feb. 16 and 23 from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in South Hall on the Northwestern State campus. Hands on training will be held on July Feb. 18-22 and Feb. 25-March 1 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Master’s Bouquet at 108 South Drive in Natchitoches. The fee for the class is $1,638 plus an $889 material fee paid to the instructor prior to the start of class.

The classroom portion will acquaint students with the instructor and other students and  review the latest textbook and study material recommended by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for the state Retail Florist Exam. Reading material and individual textbooks will be provided to each student enrolled in the course.

Students will be provided with hands on training under the instruction and supervision of Dawn Martin, a state licensed florist who has more than 20 years experience as a retail florist, shop owner, manager, designer and instructor in the retail floral industry. Students will be trained in the art of floral design as well as the latest techniques in the processing and care of fresh cut flowers and other knowledge necessary to help them prepare for the florist exam.

For more information, call (318) 357-5682, (800) 376-2422, e-mail or go to