The Washington Town and Country Fair will be offering a free class to teach community members how to arrange their own bouquet.

The event, which is sponsored by Hillermann Nursery & Florist and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, will be Friday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. in the exhibitor building.

Dave Wehmeyer, chairman of horticulture and floriculture for the division show, says this event is open to everyone and is a great way to learn basic floral design and how to make centerpieces.

The class will be taught by Sylvia Czeschin, a woman with more than 25 years of floral experience.

“The class is going to show people how to use containers and flowers and greens that people can find around their house to make an arrangement,” said Czeschin. “There are so many possibilities and at the end of my class they’ll be able to have a bouquet regularly without having to call a florist.”

Czeschin said that she will be touching on which flowers work best, where to cut the flowers to make them last longer and where to keep the flowers in your home to maximize the shelf life. In addition, she will share which plants are best to grow in your garden in order to make future arrangements.

“This class is just perfect for young mothers or really anybody who wants to be creative,” said Czeschin. “Plus, some people want to do this and they just don’t know where to start. I’m going to show them how to shape the bouquet using what they have lying around. It doesn’t take much once you learn the basics.”

The class will have approximately one helper per six participants to ensure everyone learns the proper techniques for arrangements in a container and in an oasis.

At the end of the class separate judges will come in to assess the participants work. Awards will be granted to the top three arrangements.

“People should just come and learn how to do this for their own satisfaction,” said Czeschin. “It’s just something that makes you feel good. After the class you won’t have to wait for someone to send you flowers because you’ll be able to put them there yourself.”

Those wishing to participate will need to preregister by July 14 at the Chamber office or online at

Participants will need to bring clippers or pruners and a small knife on the day of the class.