Contemporary Techniques & PFDE Prep Class

2016 Class Schedule

June 25-26, 2016
(Saturday & Sunday)
(9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)

The Contemporary Techniques & PFDE* Prep Class will expand your knowledge and vocabulary, creativity, mechanics and understanding of European and Oriental Design concepts.  Participants will expand their use of design techniques through a detailed study of the elements and principles of design. Learn the latest design styles such as formal linear, vegetative, interpretive, and parallel.  You will also be introduced to the newest design techniques, such as basing, binding, facing, framing, faux finishes, pavë, plaiting, shadowing, sheltering and making armatures. Ample opportunity will be available to discuss application of these new concepts to your own daily work.

Upon completion of this 16 hour class, students receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the names of the Benz School and Texas A&M University.

(*PFDE – Professional Floral Design Evaluation, a two-part program through which candidates can earn the coveted Certified Floral Designer (CFD) designation through the American Institute of Floral Designers)

Classes are held in the floral design studio at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (Horticulture/Forest Science Building, Room 108). The tuition is $425.00 which includes all class materials, supplies, and printed hand-out materials.   A DEPOSIT OF $175.00 is required at the time of your registration.  Refunds due to cancellation must be requested by June 13, 2016 (ten business days prior to the first day of class).

Parking is available in TAMU Lot 74.  Parking permits are not required for WEEKEND ONLY parking in Lot 74 during summer break/semester (contingent upon transportation services rates).

Students are encouraged to bring their own set of basic tools that would include a floral knife, stem cutters/snips, wire cutters and ribbon scissors.

Registration via Phone or E-mail
To register for this course, please contact AgriLife Conference Services at (979) 845-2604 or

Online Registration Instructions – click the following link to register for this course online.  Use the ‘organization’ search parameter pull down and choose “Benz School,” then the course you wish to register for.

There are many  motels/hotels in the Bryan/College Station area from which to choose.  Please click the following link for a list from the B/CS Visitors Bureau:
Lodging List from B/CS Visitor Bureau

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact Taylor Paine at (979)845-1699 or