MSU Extension offers training programs in floral design to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and beyond. Dr. Jim DelPrince is the lead specialist in this program and offers workshops and demonstrations at our Popps Ferry Road location. The MSU Extension Floral Design program is divided into the following four groups aiding amateurs, professionals and growers to learn and achieve.
Floral Enthusiast (FE)
The root word of the term amateur is the Latin word amat which translates as “love”. Floral enthusiasts are amateurs in the true sense, those who love flowers. Our short duration workshops (usually two hours) are offered monthly with appeal to those who want to create a beautiful floral design to keep or give to a friend.
Master Floral Designer (MFD)
Modeled after the Master Gardener program, Master Floral Enthusiasts (MFE) commit to 42 hours of classroom workshops and lecture/demonstrations, followed by 40 hours of volunteer floral design practice. Those who complete the MFE program learn the basics of floral design, including several projects using fresh flowers, dried flowers and numerous mechanics and accessories along with design principles and elements. Volunteer hours may involve completion of educational displays for the public, floral programmatic assistance, and many others.
Professional Florist (PF)
Professional floristry requires adept usage of updated mechanics and techniques in order to maintain consumer appeal. Professional floristry is a creative industry, but must use sound business practices in order to generate revenue and profits.
Mississippi’s climate allows for the production of unusual plant materials. While some of our plants and flowers may seem mundane, they are exotic in the eyes of those far from our state’s borders. This program markets Mississippi-grown/produced floral materials and related in floral design demonstrations titled Beautiful Things From Mississippi.
For more information contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at firstname.lastname@example.org