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339 Baden Ave
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
United States

6506340836

Studio Choo Florists create seasonal, wild, California-native floral decor for weddings, events and by subscription. Our art studio is currently open by appointment only.

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Class Schedule

Full Circle Flower Intensive
May
30
May 31

Full Circle Flower Intensive

  • Front Porch Farm
image by Paige Green

image by Paige Green

Studio Choo has roamed all over the hills and valleys of wine country; creating outdoor weddings at vineyards and farms in their wild California style. There are few places in Sonoma county that have felt as inspiring as Front Porch Farm, a biodynamic and sustainable little slice of Paradise tucked in the crook of the Russian River. In this intermediate workshop, we will weave together the world of flower farming with floral design. This weekend intensive is open to both established and aspiring florists and farmer-florists; especially those who would like to increase their design knowledge and capabilities in putting together a farm wedding. We'll share our secrets on the process of transforming those beautiful buckets of flowers into a cohesive event!

FLOWER FARMING

image by Paige Green

image by Paige Green

Zoe Hichner's vibrancy and enthusiasm is helming the development of two acres of gorgeous flowers within Front Porch Farm's impressive production canon.  Prior to moving onto the property, Zoe completed her Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz and ran Everett Farm with two colleagues.

Zoe will be leading the flower farming portion of the workshop and will focus on care for the materials you will later use in your designs. Sessions will include Harvest and Post-Harvest Efficiency, Direct Seeding and Transplanting and pricing product for sale. 

FLORAL DESIGN

On the first day, we'll get into some basic business practices and discuss our flower budgeting and proposal techniques. Then we'll get to work creating centerpieces intended to activate a long farm table; currently a mainstay at Northern California wedding receptions. You will design your pieces to be full of movement and air while simultaneously respecting spatial limits. After styling the communal table with our designs and foraged textural pieces, we will sit down to dinner together and admire our hard work!

We'll begin on day two with a demonstration on arch decor installation; a task that can seem insurmountable when approached for the first time.

By breaking down materials, application and using a little bit of physics - we'll show you how to compose a true stunner of a ceremony focal. 

The afternoon will be entirely centered on creating an opulent, lush, seasonal bridal bouquet and the accompanying groom's boutonniere. We'll hone in on the small special details that "make" show-stopping personals; culminating in a bridal shoot out in the fields with our guest photographer, Paige Green. Crazy talented, lovely and kind of a badass, Paige has partnered with us on both of our books, many weddings and knockaround photoshoots. We are INCREDIBLY lucky to have her, and love her dearly.

SUSTENANCE

All this hard work will require a lot of delicious meals!

We will sit together on Saturday evening and enjoy an incredible farm-to-table dinner prepared by our guest chef. You will enjoy selections from the many facets of Front Porch Farm production. This could include harvest from the stone fruit orchards, berry vines, olives, grain and grapes. 

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days; prepared and organized by the joyful Mimi Buckley. Whether it be plates heaped with seasonal, nourishing food or an afternoon wine tasting break, you will never go hungry.

The two-day workshop is $1,755 and includes all floral materials and supplies, photography, light snacks, lunch, wine tasting and Saturday dinner. Students will be responsible for their own lodging. Options within 10 minutes of Front Porch Farm include Hotel Healdsburg, H2 Hotel and America's Best Value Inn and Suites. A 10 student minimum is required. Split-day registration is not an option. Studio Choo gift certificates and class credits may be applied. River swimming encouraged.

image by Paige Green

image by Paige Green

Full Circle Flower Intensive
1,755.00
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Portland Spring Wreath Workshop
Apr
16
1:00 pm13:00

Portland Spring Wreath Workshop

  • Portland Garden Club

PORTLAND

Join the co-owner’s of Studio Choo Florists, Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo for a Wreath Making Demonstration and Workshop. Inspired by the Spring flower explosion in their beloved PNW, Studio Choo will show you that wreaths don’t just have to be for the holidays. Learn to create lovely and unexpected compositions by layering on an assortment of seasonal materials. Students will explore the beauty of asymmetry and air in a design while working with the natural shapes of blooms, foliage and branches. No experience is necessary, and all floral materials and tools will be provided to create a wreath to take home. Space is limited. Registration below!

 

Portland Garden Club Lecture
Apr
16
10:00 am10:00

Portland Garden Club Lecture

  • Portland Garden Club

DELICIOUS SPRING FLOWER RECIPES: LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION BY STUDIO CHOO

Thursday, APRIL 16TH, 2015
10:00AM- 12:00PM
Portland Garden Club
1132 SW Vista Ave. Portland, OR  97205

*FREE FOR MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS

Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are florists and best friends who share a love for things natural and wild. They are the proprietors of the noted floral design shop Studio Choo (based in South San Francisco) and are the authors of two popular books: The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living, Brides, and Martha Stewart Weddings as well as on popular lifestyle sites like Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Kinfolk, and Remodelista.

During the presentation, Alethea and Jill will share the history behind their studio, dish details on where they draw their inspiration, and share the tips and techniques they use for creating their wild and sophisticated floral designs. You'll get to see them in action as they create a pair of seasonal arrangements to be raffled off. The event will conclude with Q and A time and a book signing. Books are available for pre-order through The Portland Garden Club or you can bring along your own copy for Jill and Alethea to autograph.

 

Macy's Flower Show
Mar
27
Mar 29

Macy's Flower Show

  • Macy's

We are participating in this year's Macy's Flower Show with a featured installation Friday, March 27th and two wreath-making workshops Sunday, March 29th.

BOTH WORKSHOPS ARE SOLD OUT, THANK YOU!!

Tiny Delicates Floral Design Class at Filoli Gardens
Mar
24
10:00 am10:00

Tiny Delicates Floral Design Class at Filoli Gardens

  • Filoli Gardens

From FILOLI GARDENS:

There are few things these two instructors love more than the fleeting, delicate beauty of spring flowers, barely here before it goes. Capture the floating magic of Narcissus, flowering Quince, Lilac and Fritallaria in this early spring time class. Sourcing the season’s best materials, watch as the instructors demonstrate, and later help you create, a lovely and whimsical spring flower arrangement. Material selection and care, design basics, techniques and the important of air in a composition will be discussed and demonstrated. Lots of personal instruction and feedback is provided as you create a work of art to take home.

Fee: $155 members; $185 non–members. Fee includes all materials.

Register HERE.

Santa Rosa Garden Club
Mar
19
2:00 pm14:00

Santa Rosa Garden Club

  • Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center

We're honored to be invited to lecture and demo at the Santa Rosa Garden Club. Full story straight from the SRGC special events page below:


Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, founders of San Francisco's STUDIO CHOO, the hottest floral design studio in the country have created a flower-arranging bible, The Flower Recipe Book.  The arrangements run the gamut of styles and techniques--each one paired with a "flower recipe":  ingredients lists specify the type and quantity of easy-to-find blooms needed; clear instructions detail each step, and hundreds of photos show how to place every stem.  You'll get to see Alethea and Jill serve up fresh, wild and sophisticated arrangements that will be auctioned at the event.  Santa Rosa Garden Club will offer both of their books for sale and autographing at the event.  Door prizes and refreshments after. 
The event is a fundraiser for the Santa Rosa G. C. scholarship program for horticulture and floral design students at Santa Rosa Junior College. Admission: $25