Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Putnam Building 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

Valentines Day Floral Design 


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Using flower and foliage that you might find in your own yard and garden, learn the basic techniques of floral design in this workshop led by Barbara Rietscha, owner of Field & Vase. Flowers and supplies will be provided.

Field and Vase by Stow Greenhouses is a floral design studio specializing in fresh, locally grown, seasonal arrangements using flowers cut from our own family-owned farm which is located 30 miles west of Boston in Stow, MA. Our flowers go from the field to the vase within a day of being cut, meaning they smell sweeter and last longer in the vase. We cut the best of what is blooming each day and bring the flower field to you at your home, business or wedding.

Stow Greenhouses has grown from the wholesale cut lily farm that it was to the expanded floral design studio and cut flower farm that is today’s Field and Vase. In addition to the floral design studio and farm, we operate a retail location at the Boston Public Market, attend seasonal farmers' markets and supply flowers to local floral designers and businesses. We grow over 90 varieties of flowers including sweet peas, peonies, dahlias, sunflowers and many other old-fashioned favorites.


Barbara runs the day-to-day operations of the business and oversees everything from first seeding to final arrangement. Born in PA, Barbara had a circuitous route to flower farming. After graduating from college with a chemistry degree, she moved to Central Africa to teach farmers how to raise fish. When she returned home, Barb learned how to program computers and then moved to the business side of things and got her M.B.A. After the birth of her 2nd son, she took some time off to raise her 3 sons until she and Dave bought the farm in 2010.           

Barbara has studied with Erin Benzakein of Floret and completed the program at Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston. She uses flowers and herbs grown on her farm as well as things foraged from the property. Her style is organic and natural and she likes to bring the garden to the vase whether it is for a bride, home or office. Barbara is motivated to educate her customers about the local flower movement as well as support local farms and businesses. She enjoys being outdoors and skiing and her retirement plan is traveling across the country in an Air Stream.


Space is limited, must pre-register

 Class Fee:

Mass Hort Members $50
General Admission $70