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Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested
Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10)

Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style

with Christin Geall

Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style elevates floral design to fine art in this richly informative work on the principles of floral style. A charming and intelligent mentor, Christin Geall emboldens designers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs to think differently and deeply about their work with flowers as she draws upon the fine arts and historical sources, exploring Baroque music, the paintings of the Impressionists, or the work of floral innovators like Gertrude Jekyll and Constance Spry.

Covering all aspects of floral design, including choosing plants to grow and arrange, selecting tools and vessels, balancing color and form, and even photographing and selling arrangements, Cultivated offers universal lessons for all levels of practitioners, budgets, and materials. Geall's stunning photographs of her own lush designs illustrate techniques for creating brilliant arrangements that spark the imagination.

Christin Geall is a Canadian floral designer, writer, gardener, photographer, and author of the book Cultivated: Elements of Floral Style (Princeton Architectural Press, 2020). Trained in horticultural at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a BA in Environmental Studies & Anthropology and a MFA in Writing before becoming a gardening columnist for Gardenista, a professor, and designer. Her writing and floral work focuses on the intersections of nature, culture, and horticulture. Through her company, Cultivated, she teaches in the UK, US and Canada. Find her online @cultivatedbychristin.


This event is part of our three-part series, "Flora and Fauna."  It may not feel like it, but Spring is nigh! Join us in welcoming the return of flowers, warblers, and sunny days back to Boston with our noon series dedicated to all things bright and beautiful:

The Seed of an Idea: Growing a Seed Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
with librarian Dory Klein
12-1 pm ​on April 21, 2020

Birder on Berry Lane
with nature writer Robert Tougias
​12-1 pm on ​May 5, 2020

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