2024 Blooms & Bubbles Floral Workshops


Bring your friends and join us for exclusive flower and plant inspired hands-on design workshops at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. Sip on a glass of champagne while creating a fabulous Festival keepsake… create your own (mini) conservatory, mount a stag horn fern, learn the secret language of flowers or the elements of sustainable floral design. 

Created in collaboration with Slow Flower Society, these limited, one-of-a-kind workshops take your Festival experience to the next level!

All workshop packages include show admission for that day, materials to create a floral or houseplant project with instruction from a pro, the beverage of your choice (selection of alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and the finished product to take home from the Festival. You can find the workshops on the main stage in the back of the North Hall every day at 2:30 pm.

Workshop spaces are very limited - Book early to secure your spot! 


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Thank you to our Blooms & Bubbles Partners!


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Speak the Language of Flowers
Teresa Rao, Belle Pétale

Make an arrangement expressing the hidden meanings of flowers, herbs, and foliage. Teresa Rao of Belle Pétale teaches you to share sentiments with either a hand-tied gift posy or a small centerpiece. Get inspired and learn about secret botanical meanings as you create a Language of Flowers arrangement on Valentine’s Day!

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Teresa Rao is an avid gardener and flower lover who in 2020 transitioned from a 16-year corporate training career to floristry with the launch of Belle Pétale. Her boutique floral design studio is located in Tukwila, Washington, and proudly serves Seattle, Tacoma and Lakewood. Each floral arrangement is made to order and created with a custom palette of seasonal flowers sourced in the Pacific Northwest from local flower farms, to ensure the highest quality and unique variety. Belle Pétale incorporates in each design the elements that accentuate the French floral style: poetic, structure, shape, natural - with a polished presentation.

Create Your Own (Mini) Conservatory
Tyra Shenaurlt, W.W. Seymour Conservatory

Tyra ShenaurltDiscover the history of the Wardian case and the ways it has influenced – for better and worse - how we collect and display plants today with Tyra Shenaurlt from the W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma. Using locally grown terrarium plants, charming adornments, and decorative wood and rock elements, you will be guided to design your own Wardian case mini paradise.


It wasn’t until adulthood that
Tyra Shenaurlt developed a love for Tacoma, the city that she was born and raised in. Now, she can’t imagine living anywhere else. For the last 20 years, Tyra has committed her time and talent building a career with Metro Parks Tacoma. She currently supervises the W.W. Seymour Conservatory, a Victorian-styled botanical paradise, and the Metro Parks greenhouses, where plants are grown to be displayed all around Tacoma.  A favorite part of her job has always been designing botanical exhibits, and the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is thrilled to welcome Tyra’s return to the Blooms & Bubbles Stage.

Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, WILD BLOOM FLORAL

KGVY+purple+(large)Join us for an exclusive floral demo & book signing by celebrity floral designer, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht. Kristen describes his design philosophy as a combination of editorial with a sensibility for distinctive and organic perspectives. Create your own unique organic piece alongside Kristen!


Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht is a celebrity floral designer, floral photographer, and the owner of the floral design studio Wild Bloom in Seattle, Washington. Best known as the sassy head judge with a big heart on Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight, he’s been named a top floral designer in the world by Harper’s Bazaar. He and his floral designs have been featured in Vogue, O Magazine, WWD, Town and Country, Traditional Home, New York Magazine, People, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot; his work has been seen on Good Morning America and E! Network.

Staghorn Fern Party
Jess Scovel and Shelly Pearson, Molbak’s Garden + Home

Create your own mounted Staghorn fern with Molbak’s Garden + Home’s indoor plant experts. This tropical species grows on trees in the wild but creating an ideal home environment for them isn’t as hard as you might think. Brighten up your home (and impress your friends) by building your own staghorn fern wall plaque.


Jess Scovel is an indoor plant specialist, terrarium designer, and instructor at Molbak’s. After purchasing her first houseplant years ago, she fell in love with botanicals and her collection has multiplied to about 200 currently under her expert care. Jess loves both learning and teaching others about the wonders of plant life in its many forms.

Shelly Pearson is a fourth generation Pacific Northwest gardener who grew up growing and harvesting food from the family garden and farm. She loves spending free time in the garden and, over the last few years, has been bringing the outdoors indoors with a growing collection of houseplants. Her other passion is education and her role as Community Event Manager at Molbak’s gives her the opportunity to both share her love of plants and educate the next generation of gardeners.

Sensational Seasonal & Sustainable Centerpiece
Sarah Nayani, Grow Girl Seattle

Sarah NayaniLearn from the season and let nature inspire you to create a lovely (early) spring centerpiece with Sarah Nayani of Grow Girl Seattle. Sarah will share eco-friendly floral design tips as you select from locally grown and domestic cut flowers and foliage. She’ll demonstrate a lush spring design and then guide you through your own DIY process to create your masterpiece.

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Sarah came to flowers through the garden, and loves to reflect the season and style of the outdoors using her homegrown flowers and those from local growers. In her small floral studio in Ballard, she designs textural and fragrant bouquets and arrangements for clients, and has recently enjoyed creating garden-inspired floral installations for weddings.

Debra PrinzingBlooms & Bubbles is produced by Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of Slow Flowers LLC. Based in Seattle, Slow Flowers is an inclusive community dedicated to promoting American-grown flowers and connecting consumers with farmers, florists, designers, and retailers who provide local, seasonal and sustainable flowers.

Cancellation policy: The purchase of these workshop packages are final; however, if something comes up and you cannot make it, you may find a replacement for your seat. Please email us with your replacement request.