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Study With Françoise Weeks


I’m so excited to share my secret with you today! Françoise Weeks has offered a seat in her 3-day Wedding Design Workshop (October 7-9) at her Portland Studio to one lucky Botanical Brouhaha reader. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post by Friday (May 10th) at noon (CDT). I’ll choose a winner by random drawing at that time and I’ll announce it shortly past noon on Friday.

For those of you who are not familiar with the amazing design work of Françoise Weeks, here’s a small sample…

francoisespring-woodland-bouquet-Fra[1] Joni Shimabukuro photo

francoise-weeks-gallery-_0003_Layer2[1] david barss photo

francoise-woodland-bouquets-3-Franoi[1] sara gray photo



Designers who attend Françoise’s workshops appreciate not only her passion and unique style, but also her kindness and humility while sharing her knowledge. Françoise loves teaching and it shows. She has a way of nurturing your creativity while instructing on mechanics and technique. I hope you’ll take a little time and read what some of Françoise’s past students have to say about their experiences in her workshops. I just have to share a couple…

“Françoise is truly an artist as well as amazingly business savvy, she shares all. Her esthetic concept is intoxicating and her wisdom over the years has taught her mechanics beyond the traditional. She most certainly thinks outside the box and never says no to any request, instead she embraces each challenge and is always determined to succeed. Her studio was like entering a safe zone where life outside didn’t exist. It was just a few ladies (new friends!) and we all soaked up as much as possible, every minute was cherished while time seemed irrelevant. There is no judgment (except our own…) and everyone is given the space to do what works best for them.”

Susan Levenhage

“Françoise has a vast set of techniques, mechanics, and secrets to teach, but encourages you to pursue your own ideas when inspiration strikes.  She works through projects with you, and assists with the simple mechanics so that you can focus your time and efforts on exploring designs and creating multiple pieces.  I walked out of her workshop with a completely new style in my repertoire, and enough photos of my creations that I am already selling my new style to brides.”

Janet Martineau, Cincinnati, OH


A few details…

From Laurie at Fleurie who won a seat in Françoise’s workshop in our giveaway 2 years ago:

“She guides with a quiet manner and gives great practical advice. I have been in the floral industry for many years and came away with so many time and money saving tips, and a renewed spirit of creativity.

The area where the studio is located in is very pleasant for a person travelling alone; lots of walkers and bicyclists out. I stayed at a B&B which is a 5 minute walk to her studio, and there are many casual eateries and coffee shops just a few minutes away too. From the airport, the light rail and bus was an economical and easy way to get to my lodging.

I can’t wait to walk up the driveway, through the gate, into that wonderful studio, to be inspired again by Françoise!”

woodland-bridal-bouquet-Françoise-Weeks photo by nicole wicken

Note: The winner is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The 3-day workshop is valued at $900.00.

Thank you, Françoise, for your generosity!

Have a great Monday, everyone…and leave a comment if you want an opportunity to study with Françoise…



  1. Oh boy that looks like a GREAT class. Holly speaks highly of her..

  2. Sherdon says:

    This would be a dream come true for me!
    Thank you for your generosity Francoise!

  3. Bobbe says:

    I love Francoise work. Winning would be the thrill of a lifetime!

  4. What a wonderful opportunity!

  5. Unknown says:

    Wow! What an exciting and generous offer! I would love to attend one of Françoise Weeks’ workshops. I’m a huge admirer of her work.

  6. Wow, how wonderful! I’d be over the moon excited to win this trip!!

  7. bltierney says:

    Holy Moly! a chance to meet a mentor . What a fabulous opportunity!

  8. Aaah! I had the honor of meeting her in NYC. I would LOVE to attend a class!!

  9. Chantelle says:

    I am in Australia but would happily travel to attend this class! What an opportunity.

  10. Emily F. says:

    Francoise has such a unique style! I would love to attend her workshop!

  11. Emily says:

    Yes, please! I’d love the opportunity!

  12. susan says:

    What an incredible gift!

  13. Wow! I love her use of texture. It would be amazing to win this class!

  14. Faye Krause says:

    I would love to study with Francoise! It would be a fantastic treat!
    And a wonderful reason to visit Portland and my little brother who is in college there!

  15. Jenny N says:

    I want! AMY!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ditto! Just the possibility of attending this workshop leaves me speechless, as do her designs.

  17. Traci Mosby/Bella's Blooms says:

    I cannot imagine the untold treasures Francoise Weeks holds!!! I absolutely love her unusual, warm, earthy style!!!

    Traci Mosby/Bella’s Blooms

  18. How great! I would love to attend!

  19. Kris Bennett/KRISanthemums says:

    Being able to learn from Franscoise would be so valuable! WE all need boosts to our creativity!

  20. It would be a dream come true if I were to be so lucky as to have this opportunity!

  21. Chandin says:

    How wonderful!! This is so exciting!! I love love her work!

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  23. Good luck to all! I had such a great experience there, I just can’t say enough about my wonderful friend Francoise. Amy is pretty wonderful in my book too, for facilitating my trip to her workshop and to Portland.

  24. How generous! This would be a magical class to attend. I would just melt to gain such brilliant knowledge.

  25. I’ve taken this class and I highly recommend it! Françoise is a wonderful teacher and an amazing designer. Please don’t put me in the drawing, someone who has never taken the class should be the winner!

  26. kc says:

    I would give anything to attend this workshop!

  27. What an amazing opportunity!

  28. Oh WOW!!! Studying under Francoise is on my bucket list. Her work is amazing and absolutely gorgeous!!!

  29. WOW. I’m in the UK but would happily travel for this!

  30. Melissa says:

    Wow, what an opportunity! I’d love to go!

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  32. Who wouldn’t LOVE to do a workshop with Francoise Weeks! I agree with mauimermaid- what a great opportunity for someone!!!

  33. MJ says:

    This is terrific!

  34. What a wonderful opportunity! Would absolutely LOVE to go!

  35. Jane Guerin says:

    I would love, love, love this opportunity.

  36. magnoliajune says:

    Oh my! Pick me. Pick me. What a great opportunity for some lucky person. Her work is amazing. Thank you for such a lovely idea and for Francoise’s generous donation. Good luck to all!

  37. Keith says:

    Who could pass up the opportunity to study with Francoise Weeks combined with a few days in wonderful Portland? Count me in!!!!

  38. Ellen Chapin says:

    Ditto! Even the opportunity to attend a Francoise Weeks’ workshop leaves me speechless, as do her designs.

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  40. LORA says:

    would love to attend the class

  41. I would llove to attend this workshop. I have to build my cooler this year so things are tight. What a wonderful opportunity…and in Portland too

  42. Unknown says:

    What a lovely opportunity to learn from a living master florist.

  43. julianna says:

    Wonderful! I’d love this! Motivation to get through crazy wedding season and Mother’s Day week! Thanks for the chance!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Such a fun idea! (Amy…not sure if I just posted or not…wordpress and blogger are not playing nice at the moment or something (-: sorry if this comes up twice!) – Jody

  45. Tina Marek says:

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!!! Please!
    Tina Marek
    Wharton, Texas

  46. Jessica says:

    Winning this would be amazing confirmation.

  47. Jamie says:

    I would love the opportunity to attend this workshop…what a treat!!

  48. Jody Costello says:

    Oh no! I tried posting yesterday and for some reason…I don’t see my post. So here it is again. It would be the opportunity of a lifetime!

  49. Wow, what a generous gift! This would be an amazing experience for sure!

  50. Wow. This is such an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in floral design. Especially, the ones of us who have dedicated our lives to just that. Receiving a seat in her workshop would be a moment etched in one’s legacy!

    So excited for the winner – hopefully me! 😉

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!! 🙂

  51. Rebecca says:

    Oh wow! What a great opportunity! Oct 9th is my Birthday! This would be a perfect present!!
    Rebecca Raymond

  52. (I’m not sure what happened to my post yesterday) Love Francoise’s work, such as fan. Would love the opportunity to take a class from her.
    How exciting!

  53. oma says:

    Like everyone else…I am wild about Francoise’s style. I think she is the # 1 top floral artist in the world.Winning this would be a thrill.

  54. What an incredible opportunity! She is such an inspiration

  55. Fingers crossed that it is meant to be!!!

  56. Jasmine says:

    Sounds famtastic!

  57. Andrea says:

    I would love to bring Francoise’s style to the beautiful state of Wisconsin!

  58. Margaret in Austin says:

    What an amazing opportunity to study with one of the best designer/teachers working in our field today!

  59. Carra Otten says:

    My design style is”early elegance”, but Francoise’s is even more so! I’d love to meet and learn from her. It’d be cool if you were there as well as I’d love to meet you too!

  60. What an amazing opportunity!

  61. Lisa June says:

    This would be an incredible experience.

  62. Floressence says:

    I was delighted to be on your blog today! (Picture of the Floressence studio space.) I would also be delighted to take a class from Francoise Weeks!

  63. HPotter says:

    I absolutely loved meeting Francoise in New York, and I’ve been dreaming of attending one of her workshops. What a lovely offer!

  64. Bethany says:

    This. Would be. Amazing.

  65. I’m crossing my fingers…
    I’m saying my prayers…
    I’m wishing on a star…
    I have NEVER wanting anything as much as I desire this wonderfully generous opportunity !!!!!

    I adore you Francoise…love Paula

  66. susleekel says:

    I would be so excited to study with Francoise! I really admire her artistry.

  67. Maureen deBruyn says:

    How wonderful! I would love to meet and learn from Francoise!

  68. OMG, what beautiful flowers!! So much creativity, I love it!

  69. I would love the opportunity to study with Francoise! Thank you for a generous offer! Denise

  70. Pam Baker says:

    I was just introduced to your blog today, what beautiful pieces; I would so enjoy learning for Francoise and Oregon is so beautiful anytime. Thank you for your generous offer, will keep my fingers crossed to win…

  71. Barbara Graver says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to learn from such an amazing designer! Good luck to all.

  72. Very Whimsical!!!

  73. Kari says:

    What a great opportunity to learn from a master!


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