Shane Connolly

The Art of Environmental Floristry

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Course Description

Royal florist, Shane Connolly teaches you the art of environmental floral design in his online floristry course.

Passionate about British flowers and foliage, Shane Connolly holds royal warrants of appointment to both HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales and designed the wedding flowers for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

The bridal bouquet was inspired by the Language of Flowers with lily of the valley (return of happiness), sweet William (gallantry), hyacinth (constancy of love), myrtle (a symbol of marriage and love) and ivy (fidelity, marriage).

The flowers and foliage used to decorate Westminster Abbey included euphorbias, rhododendron, wisteria, azaleas and lilacs which were cut from the royal estates at Windsor and Sandringham. And importantly, everything was replanted, recycled or composted after the wedding.

Shane will teach you how to consider environmental sensitivity and artistic insight when creating naturalistic and beautiful flower arrangements. Shane pioneers sustainable techniques, and during this course he's taken a ‘no floral foam' stance to lead the next wave of environmental floristry industry.

Professional florists and enthusiasts can learn from Shane how to practice floristry with the very latest natural and environmentally friendly techniques, which are woven throughout demonstrations, practice and thinking in these lessons.

Your assignments will challenge you to develop your own style with these influences. No floral design will be too big or too small. This course covers very simple floral designs to challenging and sophisticated displays for events.

You'll find that Shane's style of teaching is both down to earth and pragmatic, whilst being approachable and non judgemental.

If you'd like insight from one of the world's greatest florists on how to develop your own style using seasonal, home-grown and environmentally friendly flowers for beauty – this is the course for you.

You'll learn:

  • how to create floral designs and flower arrangements for any occasion
  • choosing local flowers and plants
  • creating sustainable designs
  • where to find inspiration for your floral designs

Time to complete this floristry course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 18 hours 45 mins to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 3 hours 45 mins
  • Course notes: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Assignment: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

You will be choosing flowers, sustainable containers, creating flower arrangements and floral designs. So you'll need some flowers and foliage to use (remember to take inspiration locally!), sustainable containers which could be jars or kitchen or garden containers, scissors and any accessories you want to add to your floral designs (for example ribbon).

The course is suitable for all levels - flower enthusiasts, fans of Shane Connolly's work, to professional florists or those in the floristry business who want to learn environmental and sustainable floral techniques from Shane.

The course includes:

  • 5 on-demand video lesson - presented by Shane Connolly
  • lifetime access to the video, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical (optional) floral design projects
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom chat online to students from around the world

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Shane on your floral designs and questions.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 18 hours, 45 minutes of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • Artistic philosophy

    In this lesson you will get unique footage to help you understand how Shane’s artistic process works for design in floristry. This is a deeply personal aspect of design, one which enables you to use your environment to inspire and influence the choices you make.

    You’ll be taken on location during the video lecture with Shane, on an intimate journey to places of inspiration like art galleries, and natural settings for flowers.

    Shane shares his own passion and thinking processes for how you will begin your own design process. Learning outcome: By the end of this lesson, you will have learnt how to tap into your own design inspiration, using your own environment.

  • Environmental Flower Choices

    Here Shane shares how he makes choices about flowers based on his vision. In this lesson context and the environment play a very important part in the choices that he makes. You are encouraged to do the same, wherever you are in the world. This is where you will start to understand why you are making the floral choices you are depending on your own context, needs, flower and foliage availability and personal style.

  • Design creation

    In this lesson, rather than prescriptively telling you what to design, Shane talks you through several of his own designs, which are followed through from the inspiration stage shared in lesson one. Learning Outcome: You will learn here some ideas and techniques on how to translate your creative inspiration into a practical reality using only environmentally friendly techniques.

  • Favourite Designs

    Finally, now you have understood and are beginning to own your personal style, Shane talks you through his own favourite designs from his own floral work and others. This is to help you evolve your thinking further, and progress in terms of breadth of styles and influences. There is a particular focus on naturalistic displays and environmentally friendly practices.

  • Bonus Arrangements

    In this fifth bonus lesson, Shane will take you through four additional arrangements. Firstly he will demonstrate how to create a naturalistic arrangement using foraged flowers, drawing inspiration from Pietra Dura. He will then go on to demonstrate an arrangement in an urn using chicken wire.

    For the third arrangement, Shane takes you to a client’s house and demonstrates how you can choose and arrange flowers in a way which compliments the artwork of a house and the flatters the setting.

    Finally, Shane will create an arrangement which draws inspiration from a wedding he did in India, and show how you can re-create a certain look and style within your own environment.

An amazing opportunity. Lessons were easily accessed, pitched perfectly, progressive in skills and thought provoking.


Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Shane Connolly

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 5 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 5 assignments marked by Shane Connolly
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 5 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 5 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 5 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Buy this course for a business or group

You can now buy this course through your business or organisation for individuals and groups up to 20

Floristry classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Shane Connolly

Shane Connolly - Floristry
Shane Connolly was born and raised in Northern Ireland. He read Psychology at university but a lifelong passion for plants and gardening eventually led to a complete career change and he set up his business in 1989 after training with some of London’s leading flower designers. Subsequently, he has built an enviable reputation as a floral designer with a small, dedicated and talented team from offices and a studio in North Kensington.

Shane Connolly & Company has been creating timeless, artisan, floral decorations for over twenty years. And we still get excited about the next event! We pride ourselves in going the extra mile; constantly striving to delight our clients, to interpret their thoughts and visions and to exceed their every expectation. We have a very discerning and demanding client list and are proud of our loyal relationships and reputation for discretion. We never publish details of the events we design but are happy to provide examples of our work. And we believe that our testimonials speak volumes.

We are strongly committed to the environment, and our credentials in this area have been commended at the highest level.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year