Valentine’s Day Flowers
Last month, The Bloomin’ News published a design article by Kit on how to create heart shapes out of twigs, greenery and wire to accent Valentine’s Day Designs. Kit is the floral design columnist for the Los Angeles floral trade magazine. The Bloomin’ News is published quarterly by the Original Los Angeles Flower Market of the American Florists’ Exchange. It is a floral news magazine for, by and about retail florists, designers, event and wedding planners, suppliers, wholesalers and others in metropolitan Los Angeles and Southern California. Subscriptions are free to those in the California floral industry or a national floral association. Just click here to subscribe to the Bloomin’ News print version, the email announcement of the PDF web posting or both.
Flower Duet Featured Speaker at 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Kit is a featured speaker at the 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show on March 19th and 20th, 2016 at Noon on the Flower Pavilion Stage. Each day, Kit will show attendees new techniques in how to arrange with flowers! The theme of this year’s show is “Discovery” and Kit’s plan is to help audience members discover new ways to have fun with flowers whether you are a kid or a kid at heart. Here is Kit’s schedule at the Show!
Flower arranging is a skill that can be discovered by anyone at any age. Kit will reveal the reasons behind ten classic flower arranging design techniques and guidelines such as “cutting stems at a 45 degree angle” and “petting carnations like a kitten. ” During this demonstration, audience members of all ages will learn how to make flowers last a long time in a vase, design flowers with style and have some fun, too!
Discover two different floral design techniques that are foolproof for any size vase. Using Flower Duet’s reliable “Bundling and Gathering” techniques, Kit will show the audience how to design flowers without the aid of underwater architecture or floral foam. These two reliable techniques will help audience members discover new ways to arrange flowers with ease and confidence in one easy lesson.
Creative Living Television Appearance Scheduled
Flower Duet was asked to return for a fourth season appearance on Creative Living, a national show carried by PBS and hosted by Sheryl Borden. We accepted and this time, Casey is bringing along her two sons who will act as instructors alongside Casey for a few of the segments which will be geared toward kids.
The show is based in Portales, New Mexico. The first three appearances resulted in 15 episodes where Casey showed Sheryl a series of flower arrangements ranging from how to wire flowers for a boutonniere to creating the classic dozen roses in a vase.
We will continue with more information on this exciting trip next month and show some of the fun, new designs the boys and Casey have created.
Flower Duet Celebrates Nine Years with The Huntington
Flower Duet became guest instructors at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino in June of 2007.
Following our recent class over the weekend which featured citrus, orchids, roses and berries, Casey and I fondly recalled all the classes we’ve taught at this world renowned institution.
The Mission statement of The Huntington is: “Building on Henry E. Huntington’s legacy of renowned collections and botanical gardens that enrich the visitor, The Huntington today encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.”
We had the wonderful opportunity to walk around the grounds after our two classes last Saturday with a long-time floral student of ours, Judy Cobb, who recently became a volunteer Docent for The Huntington.
Judy was our excellent guide who educated us on the newly constructed buildings and gardens, as well as the extensive and rich history of how this Southern California gem was created by Henry E. Huntington. It was wonderful to learn more about every garden, folio, book, painting, plant, flower, furniture and sculpture available to see and research at the institution.
The collection is so vast and the programs so varied to experience that it would take years to see it all. Enjoy this walk through the past and present in flowers at The Huntington.
First Class – Teaching Greenhouse, June 2007
Still Life, Posies, and the Gardens Floral Designs
Styling Class at South Coast Botanic Garden – March 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 10 a.m. to Noon
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look into event styling, students will be hands-on to set up a spring-themed floral display with accompanying decor on the Upper Meadow. Students will learn about techniques for making floral garlands and keeping them fresh as well as how to attach to existing structures with ease. Students will also receive tips and tricks on current spring color and event decorating trends. Please contact Guest Services to reserve this class.
The South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
$75 members/$85 non-members
More info under Programs and Events at The South Coast Botanic Garden website.
Register with Guest Services: 310-544-1948.
Flower Book: David Stark: The Art of the Party
From an expert event planner comes an excellent book called David Stark: The Art of the Party on how to create a cohesive and stylish event for any occasion. From Amazon.com: “Renowned event planner David Stark reveals whimsical, artistic, unexpected designs often created from sustainable, industrial, or low-cost materials to inspire readers—whether planning a wedding, dinner party, or holiday gathering—looking for ideas for their own events.
Twenty-five of David Stark’s events are featured—both private celebrations and charitable galas— and showcase how he developed the inspiration for the overarching theme, color palette, and the thoughtful, coordinated details he’s known for, and which truly make an event memorable.”
Learn from the best of the best with this book. The photos of all the flowers are fabulous and truly inspirational!
Flower Tool: Vase Transport Boxes
There are two types of boxes that fold down easily when not in use and can be popped up to support a variety of vases.
When you need to move a floral design from point A to point B, it’s best to keep it on the floor behind the passenger seat in the main compartment of your car. Most trunks are not tall enough and can be too hot. Use a transport box to offer extra support.
If the arrangement is tall, you may want to add some support around the box in the form of beach towels which soak up any splashes of water from the vase.
To purchase: Most wholesale vendors in the downtown flower mart district of Los Angeles offer these boxes. You can also order them online from wholesale vendors. Search for “vase transport boxes.”