English + Floral Design

New Adventures, New You

The Professional Floral Design Program prepares you for a career in the floral industry. Many graduates have opened retail stores and wholesale floral outlets. Certain students enroll in our program purely for the passion of flowers and to achieve a rewarding hobby or pastime. We offer blended theory with practical "hands on" instruction throughout the program.

Our Floral Instructors have trained over 3,000 students professionally. They are respected and noted in both the teaching and business world. And because we endeavor to remain in top form, they remain current within the industry to better instruct you.

Courses offered through GV Toronto

English plus Floral Design diploma for individuals

This is a 6 week package that includes 3 weeks of General English (25 lessons per week) at GV Toronto plus 3 weeks of full time Floral Design diploma course at The Canadian Institute of Floral Design. After successful completion students will receive a diploma in Floral Design from CIFD.

ESL + Floral Design for groups of 15 or more

Study for 2 weeks combining General English 20 lessons per week at GV Toronto 8:45 to 12:20 and a custom designed program in Floral Design at The Canadian Institute of Floral Design 2:00-5:00 Monday to Friday.

Please contact GV Toronto for prices and available dates.


  • Design Forms: Symmetrical Triangle, Circular, Asymmetrical Triangle, Horizontal, Vertical, Oval, Fan shape, Crescent & Hogarth Curve, European Designs, Hand tied Bouquets.

  • Design Techniques: Basing, Focal area, Terracing, Grouping, Clustering, Zoning, Banding, Binding, Shadowing, Framing & Parallelism. Color harmony and new Experimental Design styles.

  • Proper care and handling of fresh cut flowers: Processing fresh cut flowers, Merchandising, Flower & Plant Identification, The availability of flowers and plants in the Canadian Marketplace.

  • Wedding Etiquette: Wedding order procedures, Wiring & Taping techniques, Preparing a Brides Bouquet, Bridesmaids, Maid of Honors, Flower girls, Set up flowers for the Ceremony and Reception, Corsages and Boutonnieres. CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS AND TECHNIQUES ARE EMPHASIZED.

  • Funerals and Sympathy Tributes: Step by step construction of the Funeral Basket, Casket Spray, Standing Spray, Vase Arrangement, Wreaths, Hearts and Crosses, Appropriate pricing and delivery.

  • Wholesale Excursion: Our program includes an exciting and informative field trip. We will visit the flower auction and many other wholesale florists. You will see a large selection of fresh, silk, and dried flowers, orchids and tropical plants, and floral supplies, gift baskets, Christmas items, and more