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Professional Dutch Floral Design course, (English)

18 Mar 2019 09:30 - 16:15
02 Sep 2019 09:30 - 16:15

Boerma Instituut - Legmeerdijk 227 Aalsmeer
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The international professional Dutch Floral Design course at the Boerma Instituut is an excellent base for anyone aiming at a professional career in floral design, like florists, arrangers, florist shopkeepers, and sellers in ambulant trade. More than that, it provides a splendid education for anyone who loves flowers and floral design and is even suitable for hobbyists who truly wants to learn all tricks of the trade. To take this professional course, no specific knowledge or experience is required.

At the Dutch Floral Design-professional course, you obtain all techniques and skills you need to produce high-quality floral design. You can participate without any prior experience with floral design; we teach you all basic technical skills. In other words, there are no special educational requirements.

What do you learn at the professional Dutch Floral Design (DFD) course?

The Dutch Floral Design-professional course focuses mainly on the practical aspects of floristry. However, we feel it is important to provide you with some theoretical knowledge. The theory classes cover the principles, materials knowledge, colour theory, wire techniques and styles and design.
A theory book will be supplemented to be reviewed at your own pace.

All the essential fundamentals
During the DFD Course you wil learn everything you need to know to be able to make all the different types of flower work as a florist. Hand tied, Bridal work, Funeral Work and Table decorations amongst others.

Differentiate yourself with quality
Because we lay such an emphasis on techniques, you will be able to make strong and long lasting flower arrangements. Allowing your future customers to enjoy your work for as long as possible. If you fully master all technical skills, you will be able to create all conventional arrangements.

In a short time frame

This course is set up to give an as complete as possible training in an as short as possible time frame. From experience, we know that by working together and giving our best effort, you will get great results. If you do not have the time to spend 5 weeks in one row, it's also possible to follow this course in seperate modules.

Since Floral Design is a practical craft, the more arrangements you make, the better and faster you become. This is why you often have homework assignments. This will ensure you to get more experience, more routine and -maybe most imporantly- more confidence in your work. The more you practice, the easier it will be.

course dates IN 2018 & 2019, contents (examples) and prices

All Modules 1 to 5 (5 weeks)
Monday, March 18, 2019 - Friday, April 19, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019 - Friday, September 20, 2019.
All inclusive price: € 4.500

When you register for all 3 professional courses (DFD, ADFD and MDFD) simultaniously you will receive a discount of 10% on the total fee of the three courses combined.
See the registration form for the dates of seperate modules.


Part of the Dutch Floral Design-professional course is a visit to the flower auction at Aalsmeer, FloraHolland. This is the largest flower auction in the world, where every day millions of flowers and plants find their way to destinations across the entire globe.

In the Spring DFD course we visit the Keukenhof. In the Autumn DFD course we visit Fleuramour.

Homework: practice is important!

During the classes of Boerma Instituut, we teach you all necessary techniques and skills. However, you also have to learn to work with a certain degree of speed. This means that you will have to practice a lot. To facilitate this, we provide you with homework. We recommend to try to at least repeat every design once during the course.

To be able to practice the different arrangements you don’t have to purchase expensive materials. During the course, we will provide tips and tricks on that. Materials for home assignments are not included with the course fee. Materials such as foam, wire, tape, etc. can be purchased at our little shop, or online at

Materials included
  • All necessary flowers and green materials to make arrangements in class
  • Dutch Lunchbuffet
  • Coffee/tea/juice
  • All containers and vases
  • Knife and scissors
  • Theory course map
  • Colour brochures with examples
  • Practical exam and all materials
  • Certificate or (after passing the exam) the Professional Dutch Floral Design diploma (in English).
Not included in the COURSE FEE
  • Materials for home work
  • Travel and accommodation costs


It is possible to register for a boarding house during this course. Click on the link for more information Boarding house.

Related Courses:

The course is an excellent base for anyone aiming for a professional career in floral design, but also hobbyists who want to know all the tricks of the trade.

The Advanced Dutch Floral Design (ADFD) course seamlessly fits on the DFD professional course

The Master Dutch Floral Design (MDFD)-professional course represents our highest training level in Dutch Floral design.

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The 5th edition of the Aalsmeer Flower Festival will take place on Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th, 2019

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