Michael Gaffney

Teaches at American School of Flower Design

Michael Gaffney and staff have been teaching classes for over 12 years with almost 100 years of floral experience between them. They have appeared on the Today Show, Hallmark Channel and many local morning shows teaching great designs. Michael has designed for movies, television and many fashion houses on 7th Ave. He is the author of Design Star and gives lectures around the country on flower design. He believes great design is possible for all his students and makes it as affordable as possible.

Reviews of Michael Gaffney

(63 Reviews)
Floral Design Sampler

7/10/2019
Angela H.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


great tips. Enjoyed instructor Michael Gaffney.

Floral Design Sampler

7/8/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

6/24/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

6/19/2019
Eliza G.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Eliza G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

6/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Michael Gaffney taught 3 different arrangements/techniques in one night very efficiently. Fun, fast-paced, low-key class. Beautiful results!

Floral Design Sampler

6/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

6/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Loved the class. I can’t believe I made such beautiful arrangements. Definitely planning on taking the 3 day class next.

Floral Design Sampler

6/18/2019
ELIZABETH M.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


ELIZABETH M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

6/18/2019
Andrea P.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Andrea P. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler Course

5/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


Learned some good tips, but the flowers we designed did not hold up as Mr. Gaffney said they would.

Floral Design Sampler

3/11/2019
Valerie G.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


The experience was one I’ll never forget I loved it want to stay for the other half but will definitely take it again and recommend it to others still practicing the techniques and using them in my business

Floral Design Sampler

3/7/2019
Norma H.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Michael exudes excellence. His assistant, Josh was very efficient. They were organized and professional. The class was prompt and ran like a well oiled machine. Listen, I learned more in 4 hours and walked away with 3 arrangements. I took an 8 hour course in December and walked away angry! Michael also interjected humor, while still being firm. Kudos! I look forward to taking the 101.

Introduction to Flower Design

3/7/2019
yaqiong s.

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


yaqiong s. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

3/4/2019
Rivky F.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Rivky F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Introduction to Flower Design

3/3/2019
Meri C.

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Meri C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Introduction to Flower Design

2/6/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler Course

1/29/2019
Ebi I.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


Really so inspiring! The simplicity of his teaching to the interactions and do-it-yourself style is highly recommendable. I had an awesome experience!

Floral Design Sampler Course

1/22/2019
ronit l.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


ronit l. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Introduction to Flower Design

10/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


The instructor was excellent: extremely knowledgeable, approachable, supportive and a sense of humor. I would recommend this course to those interested in Event Planning or Interior Design.

Single Floral Design Sampler

10/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Single Floral Design Sampler


Mr. Michael Gaffney was funny and artistic. I enjoyed his flower arrangement class. Only one thing if I may, I was expected the book included for “Design Star” which that book they promised in. But he gave us “American in Paris”. That was very much disappointed.

Single Floral Design Sampler

10/2/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Single Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Introduction to Flower Design

9/30/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Just loved it ... overall great experience...

Floral Design Sampler

9/11/2018
Eb L.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Well, I just looked at my Visa...I was charged the full amount $150.00 on August 23, 2018 and then the instructor told me I had only been charged $100.00 and he charged me an extra $50.00 yesterday(Sept.10, 2018). PLEASE credit the extra $50.00 to my credit card!!! The Class was very good and the instructor was great!!! There were a few problems...We was told there would be about 15-20 in the class and there were close to 40 people in the class! They had combined several classes together... The class began about 30 min late because they had to keep adding chairs and supplies and the instructor was collecting all of the money.( maybe he should have had a helper take the money) They also had a very nice lady talking about herb oils but my friend and I weren't interested in learning about oils because we came to learn about flower arranging. Please feel free to contact me! I look forward to getting my $50.00 credit ASAP... I would like to sign up for future classes. Thank you very much.

Floral Design Sampler

9/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Really good class but a lot of time was wasted as the instructor ran people’s credit cards. I paid online, so I just sat there waiting.

Floral Design Sampler Course

8/28/2018
Jane S.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


Lots of good tips

Floral Design Sampler Course

5/8/2018
Brooke G.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


I had so much fun! This was my first class with course horse and I can’t wait to sign up for more!

Floral Design Sampler

5/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


The teacher is quite a character and he could do with listening to his students more and being a bit more patient but he is clearly very talented.

Single Floral Design Sampler

3/5/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Single Floral Design Sampler


Informative and entertaining. Good mix of demonstrations, discussion and hands-on practice. Not sure tips work quite as well as advertised.

Flower Design Star Comprehensive

3/4/2018
Marcella T.

Attended: Flower Design Star Comprehensive


It was a great and fun class ! I suggest it to everyone

Introduction to Flower Design

3/4/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Single Floral Design Sampler

2/28/2018
Janette C.

Attended: Single Floral Design Sampler


Janette C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler Course

1/29/2018
Yoko S.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


Yoko S. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler Course

1/23/2018
hanna o.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


hanna o. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

7/31/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

7/26/2017
Lorena L.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Lorena L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

7/26/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


very enjoyable class, however, it was a very large class (approximately 30 students) - smaller size as it was so hands-on would have been preferable. Instructor was personable, knowledgeable, and the class was well planned out, with materials at the ready. It would have been helpful to have been told to bring a bag or bin to take projects home in!

Floral Design Sampler

7/26/2017
Natalia P.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


I love it

Floral Design Sampler

7/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


The class was very good but I was new to floral design and was trying to write down some important facts such as increasing the life of the arrangement.It would be helpful if the instructor had given printed sheets with important info so we can focus on the hands on part.

Floral Design Sampler

7/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


It was a great class, I learned a lot and it was fun.

Floral Design Sampler

3/20/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Introduction to Flower Design

3/19/2017
Jennifer M.

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Jennifer M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

3/15/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


The class was a lot of fun and Mark was a fabulous teacher

Floral Design Sampler Course (Night)

3/14/2017
Susan K.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course (Night)


Susan K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

3/14/2017
Cindy H.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Instructor was entertaining and was hands on in assisting students with their work. Floral arrangements were great. Would highly recommend this class.

Introduction to Flower Design

3/5/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Flower Design


Interesting and fun class! It was mostly focused on bridal bouquets for the three day course and I wish it were more general arrangements but still very fun.

Floral Design Sampler Course

2/20/2017
romom t.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


romom t. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler

10/18/2016
Victoria B.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Victoria B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral Design Sampler Course

7/17/2015
Naomi M.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


The class was part of a program already running. I as the only student who was not part of the program and therefore did not know what to do with the flowers, how to cut them ,what to use knife or a pare of siccors .Also the subject of that class was FUNERALS ARRANGEMENT. It was not a regular flower arrangement like the description of the class indicates. It was a big dessapoiment ! Please make sure you change your concept. I wont recommend this class to anyone. Sincerely, Naomi Martell

Floral Design Sampler Course

7/9/2015
Annmarie M.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler Course


I had a lot of fun with this class. The instructor knew so much about design and how to apply it to the business world. The students were pretty great as well. When I felt lost, they would just help out. I would like to take this class again.

Floral Design Sampler

6/30/2015
liz k.

Attended: Floral Design Sampler


Will this class be available next summer?I learned so much just in one class,and possible would like to take the whole coarse next summer

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

3/24/2015
Ella L.

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Ella L. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

3/23/2015
Esther S.

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Esther S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

3/19/2015
Yoona J.

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Yoona J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

3/18/2015
Olga N.

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Olga N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #6: Vases, Vases, Vases!

2/19/2015
Anonymous

Attended: Design Day #6: Vases, Vases, Vases!


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #8: Sculptural Design

12/1/2014
Anonymous

Attended: Design Day #8: Sculptural Design


Anonymous gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #7: Event Designing

10/18/2014
Virginia I.

Attended: Design Day #7: Event Designing


Virginia I. gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #6: Vases, Vases, Vases!

10/13/2014
isabel m.

Attended: Design Day #6: Vases, Vases, Vases!


isabel m. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #3:  Wedding Personals 'Flowers to Wear'

10/7/2014
Elaine R.

Attended: Design Day #3: Wedding Personals 'Flowers to Wear'


Fantastic day of designing at the school. This New York School of Flower Design was a great time. What I liked about it was they explain the whys and hows of design.. Instead of copying which I did at other places. I'd seen Michael on the Today Show, so to meet him and learn from him was also very nice. I arrived and was greeted with a copy of his book that was included in the fee for this class. The class was really amazing. I left there understanding so much. I learned more in one day than the 2 weeks I've spent else where, having spent a lot more. Great education, tons of flowers and small classes. What else could I want?. My designs were included on Michael's webpage: www.flowerschol101.com. Thanks for a really great day of design, highly recommended......

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

9/23/2014
Candice Miller

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Awesome class - Amazing teacher! Went to this class looking to learn just a few things about how to arrange flowers - left with a wealth of knowledge and 3 beautiful flower arrangements! The teacher is amazing and makes the class fun - not to mention he is a genius with flowers! Looking forward to taking more classes with him.

Design Day #1:  Vasing for Everyday Events

9/22/2014
Teresa

Attended: Design Day #1: Vasing for Everyday Events


Had a lot of fun and took home 3 absolutely beautiful pieces of work. We will go back to take more classes.

Design Day #5: Simply Elegant Designing

5/13/2014
Pilar Currea

Attended: Design Day #5: Simply Elegant Designing


Pilar Currea gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Design Day #2:  Here Comes the Bride

5/2/2014
Sunyoung Baek

Attended: Design Day #2: Here Comes the Bride


Sunyoung Baek gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.