Floral Seminars
























  The Art of 

  Liturgical Floral 



 Floral Seminars


Presented by Ned L. Davis - Minister of Liturgical Floral Design

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not see it?” – Isaiah 43:18-19  

Liturgical floral designs are a specialized floral art form that focuses on the artistic and aesthetic dimensions of a floral composition and how it can be used to interpret scripture and biblical themes. Liturgical designs function as ministerial aids by making the spoken or written word visible. The objective is not to put emphasis on the floral composition but rather to assist in the comprehension of the message being conveyed. Liturgical floral designs are considered the same as other religious art forms such as paintings, sculptures and stained glass. All of the floral seminars are Ecumenical and the concepts can be modified for any denomination or worship space.

Floral seminar presentations: All programs are customized to meet each individual’s needs with time frame from one hour to a full day. Each seminar topic will include a power point presentation and can be combined with floral demonstrations of the topic.  Hands-on workshops are also available for some of the seminar topics.

For more information about your church or organization hosting The Art of Liturgical Floral Design - Floral Seminars in your area please contact: 


ndavis@vafd.com or phone VAFD at 802-244-8322 

Seminar Programs: 

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1. SANCTUARY OF BLOOMS: This presentation is an overview of eleven different concepts for creating floral displays that might be use in a worship space. Scriptural or theme interpretations, and progressive displays are some of the concepts to be discussed along with how each might be used to help make the written or spoken word visible. The objective is not to put emphasis on the floral composition but rather to assist in the comprehension of the message being conveyed.

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2. ELEMENTS OF SYMBOLIC DISPLAYS: This program looks at some of the different visual components of symbolism and the roll they play in creating a display. Topics such as color, numbers, props and accessories will be discussed along with creative ways of using each in a floral presentation. Symbolic elements may become the foundation of a presentation and are used within many of the display concepts.

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3. DEVELOPING INTERPRETATIVE DISPLAY FROM SCRIPTURES: With many of the scriptures there may be more than one meaning that a designer may consider when developing a design concept. It is important that the designer work with the clergy in developing an understanding of the scripture and how a display will be constructed along with its symbolic content. This program looks at the evaluation process of scriptural interpretations and how to identify the possible symbolic content of a scripture.

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4. MECHANICS 101 AND BEYOND: Be it simple or complex, how do you turn your vision into reality? The success of any display or concept design lies in the foundation and execution of its construction techniques. Move beyond traditional mechanics and explore new ways to build designs by asking the right questions.

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5. DEVELOPING PROGRESSIVE DISPLAYS FROM A SCRIPTURE OR THEME: Progressive displays are built over a period of time and may be constructed in one of two different design concepts. This program looks at the evaluation process used in determining which design concept too use, and which props and symbolism best convey the design concept to be viewed over a specific time period of hours, days or weeks.

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6. CREATING DISPLAYS FROM ABSTRACT CONCEPTS: Developing displays from abstract or non-tangible ideas can be the most challenging of all design styles. How do you symbolize love without the traditional symbolic heart or red rose, or peace without using a dove? This program encourages the designer to let go of traditional concepts or thoughts of design and too explore new areas of design styles, techniques and mechanics. Abstract or sculptural displays also encourage the viewer to look beyond the traditional ideas of imagery and to develop their own understanding of the visual display.


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