Hi, I'm Carol Smith,

your Floral Design Specialist

A home-grown Connecticut girl!

Designing flowers is my passion. I have been designing weddings, corporate events, holidays & special occasions for over 35 years. My love for all aspects of nature, flowers, & animals inspires me everyday to come up with distinctive designs. Throughout my career, I have mentored and coached new designers to make them respected professionals in the field.

I've created unique arrangements for everything from small occasions to life changing events. I love to share tips & techniques on how to create beautiful living works of art without spending a fortune ( & yes it is possible! ). I decided to start The Petal Coach so I could bring my design skills & passion to more people. I can't wait to share my knowledge with you! 

My classes are the best way to learn a new skill, save money, and enjoy the beauty of flowers.

Welcome to The Petal Coach School for online floral design classes. My courses are created with all flower enthusiasts in mind, even the complete beginner.

My designs can be as simple or as detailed as you want. I will explain everything you need to know to get started & show you my techniques with step-by-step instructions for each course. Each class features the fundamental skills and steps to create a beautiful floral design.

What you will learn:

  • How to be a floral designer at your own pace
  • Flower selection tips for quality and aesthetic value
  • Tips and tricks on creating professional arrangements at home
  • Step-by-step instructions for each part of the floral design process
  • How to modify floral recipes to your preference and budget


"Carol is an amazing person and teacher. She cares deeply about her work and shares her extensive knowledge and floral expertise with all those under her leadership and training. She adds a creative artistic touch to all her pieces and shows her students the ‘how to’ in a thoughtful and timely fashion. Her industry insights are fantastic – and she shares them without hesitation. She not only shows you the art of floral arranging and design, but takes great care to introduce the passion and attention to detail needed in order to let your inner talents really shine. Whether you’ve worked with flowers for a while, or need mentorship to jump to the next level, learning from Carol is a must. I’m so grateful for her training and guidance and highly recommend her class."

~Elizabeth R.

Manchester, CT

"The most beautiful floral arrangements I have seen were created by Carol. Her love and talent for the art of flowers goes perfectly together; she is able to put those feelings into a creation that is beyond words.

She has the ability to work with speed to accommodate any venue, large or small... always with the finished product much admired.

Carol is a delightful person with a contagious personality that inspires people to be their best. She is an excellent teacher that brings out the emotional feelings in someone wishing to be creative. She would make learning to create your own work of art something you would be proud of.

I would not hesitate to recommend the enjoyable experience of taking floral designing with Carol to anyone! "

~Ann T.

East Hartford, CT