May 2017 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 86

It Was a Busy Month for Flower Duet

Boy were we busy in April! We had a multitude of weddings, flower classes, team building and a TV appearance! Plus a few great press features! Enjoy our May news and Happy Mother’s Day to all! Remember to give flowers on Mother’s Day and perhaps a floral arranging class for your Mom? Gift certificates are always nice!

Dutch Floral Master Painting Floral Design

This design was inspired by the Dutch Masters floral paintings of the 16th century. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photos by Jen Fujikawa.

Monochromatic Flowers for a Spring Color Palette

All Photos by Jen Fujikawa. Floral Designs by Flower Duet.

Last month, we had a teaser in our newsletter about a feature we did with photographer Jen Fujikawa. It was featured on Inspired by This in mid-April. Here are some of the wonderful photos of flowers we created for the shoot! Enjoy these photos and see all of them on the blog here:

MONOCHROMATIC SPRING WEDDING FLOWERS

Primrose Yellow bridal bouquet by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

Blooming Acacia and yellow Garden roses are supported by yellow Leucadendron, Billy Balls and sprigs of Freesia in this Primrose Yellow bridal bouquet by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

 Greenery inspired centerpiece for spring. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

Winter green Hellebore look great paired with succulents and a variety of ferns and berries in this Greenery inspired centerpiece for spring. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

Dogwood pink floral bouquet by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

Dogwood pink roses are accented by pink scabiosa and astilbe in this lovely spring floral design that includes blooming succulent stems and white heather. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Jen Fujikawa.

Flower Classes at Flower Duet’s Studio, The Huntington Library and for Corporate Staff Appreciation!

We’ve been busy teachers! In April, Casey taught a plethora of private lessons at Flower Duet’s studio and we had sold out classes at our Studio and at The Huntington Library in San Marino. We are excited to celebrate our 10th year of teaching The Art of Floral Design at The Huntington Library in June when we feature pale pink garden roses combined with the newest hottest colored standard rose: Cappucino! Sign up now…these classes sell out quickly!

Flower Duet Studio Class Highlights

Ranunculus field to vase class.Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz

Results of our Ranunculus field to vase class at the studio. We added Protea, Gerbers, and Bupleurum to the lovely Persian Buttercups! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Buckets of Sweet Peas, Ranunculus and Bouvardia

Buckets of Sweet Peas, Ranunculus and Bouvardia before our Sweet Peas Field to Vase class in April at the Flower Duet Studio. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Modern take sweet peas! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Casey taught our students a low and long mixed composite floral design with the focus on Sweet Peas class. Think Pink for this lovely modern take on sweet peas! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

PEONIES ARE IN!

Peony Season is here!

We are sorry to report our Peony class is sold out in May…but happy to report they are in season in a fantastic array of colors at the Los Angeles Flower District! Check out these beauties! Photo by Casey Schwartz

Huntington Library Class Highlights

Tulips all lined up!

Tulips were among the three main flowers we featured in the Bird’s Nest class at The Huntington Library in April!

Bird's Nest floral design

A student attaches her bird’s nest to the container. Kit showed the class how to create a nest out of curly willow and then attach it to the container so the flowers would look as if they were growing out of a nest! Photo by Kit Wertz.

Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet teaching at The Huntington Library.

Casey taught the kids class where each student created a mini bird’s nest wreath to make a grid for the flowers to fit into the top of a glass vase. Photo by Kit Wertz

Corporate Team Building with Flowers: A Staff Appreciation

Corporate team building through flowers with Flower Duet.

Casey and our designer Adrienne held a hands-on floral design workshop at a corporate law firm in downtown Los Angeles at the end of April. Fifty-six employees joined in the large boardroom to create beautiful floral designs as part of a staff appreciation day! Photo by Casey Schwartz

Funky Flowers are Fun!

It’s hard to overstate how much we love flowers. Here are a few shots of some flowers you may or may not have seen. And a couple ideas on how to arrange flowers you love but in a new way!

California Poppies

Casey grows California poppies in her front yard – captured her on her iPhone!

We had a request for an avant-garde treatment to white mini calla lilies in April. Fun! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

We had a request for an avant-garde treatment with white mini calla lilies in April. Fun! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

These are super green Ranunculus. The frilly interior looks good enough to eat! Photo by Kit Wertz.

These are super green Ranunculus. This variety comes in many colors in addition to this deep orange. The frilly interior looks good enough to eat! Photo by Kit Wertz.

Green Mums and Green Hydrangea

Green tinged Mums and Mini Green Hydrangea make a fun pair for any occasion. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

A trip to San Diego for a TV Appearance

Last year Kit and Casey appeared on Fox5 San Diego to promote being the designers for the American Grown Field to Vase dinner at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad.

We were honored to appear again on Fox5 San Diego last month to promote the dinner this year with a new designer, Carly Cylinder who did a great job featuring the Calfornia flower farmers in her take on the outdoor dinner party.

Casey showed the morning host this year on Fox5 how choosing the right vase for your flower designs makes a big difference in how the flowers will look and how many blooms you’ll need. She featured all locally grown flowers from Pincushion Protea to Ranunculus to Tulips!

After the show, Casey and her family took a side trip to the Flower Fields to drink in the sunshine and wonderful flowers!

Casey's set design for Fox5

Here is a view of the tablescape Casey created on set at Fox5 San Diego during her appearance on
April 11, 2017.

Flower Fields!

Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California.

Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California.

Yellow Gold Ranunuculus.

Ranunculus growing in the Flower Fields at Carlsbad by Mellano & Company. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

2017 Field to Vase Dinner Tour

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a series of intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown Flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer and wine are served by a farm-to-table chef. Each artisan-style dinner is held at a breathtaking venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming. You can still sign up for the dinners throughout the country! Go to the site today.

American Grown Flowers Field to Vase Dinner 2017

Field to Vase at the Flower Fields in 2017. Design by Carly Cylinder!

Flower Duet In The News

We were featured online this month in addition to the monochromatic photo shoot!

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Featured on Loverly: Photography: Krista Mason Photography, Dress: Joanna August, Floral Design: Flower Duet

More features in the last month with Flower Duet in the news….

23 Wedding Bouquets That Will Have You Swooning

20 SWOON WORTHY TABLESCAPES FOR A SPRING WEDDING

All the Beachy Wedding Inspiration a Mermaid Bride Will Ever Need

18 PRETTY TABLESCAPE IDEAS FOR A SPRING WEDDING

And … Some April Weddings, Too

Weddings are full of last minute details…so we don’t always get to shoot every wedding we send out the studio door! Here are a few shots from last month’s weddings.

Pretty pink and gray centerpieces

Pretty pink and gray centerpieces lined up in the shade at The South Coast Botanic Garden waiting to be placed. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Funky spring daisy corsages for an April wedding

Funky spring daisy corsages for an April wedding by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Flowers by Flower Duet - spring pinks.

Pretty in pinks featuring scabiosa, ranunculus, roses and anemones! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz

Flower Book Recommendation: The Flower Book by Rachel Siegfried

How did we miss this book when it came out in February this year? It is right on target for the floral design compote design trends. The author takes us step-by-step on how to place flowers and the photography is totally fantastic!

The Flower Book

From the publisher:

“Explore 60 flowers, bloom by bloom, in stunning portraiture with lush macrophotography that showcases the details of each flower, and learn how to arrange flowers with different styles, tips, and techniques.

Intimate portraits of each flower include quick-reference profiles with tips for choosing the best blooms, care for cut stems, arranging recommendations, colors, shapes, and even growing tips to transform the home, from yard to tabletop. Study a multitude of blooms, from the amaryllis in spring, snapdragon in summer, and dahlia in fall to tropical wonders such as orchids and African lilies.

The Flower Book spotlights 30 sample floral arrangements that show how to design and build custom floral arrangements using featured blooms. Plus, a step-by-step techniques section walks beginners through the basics of foliage and fillers, bouquets, and arrangements to make this book as practical as it is beautiful.

A perfect gift for anyone who loves flowers, The Flower Book celebrates all the wonderful qualities of flowers—their sheer beauty, infinite variety, and power to evoke admiration—bloom by exquisite bloom.”

Available from Amazon.com

Flower Tool: A Substitute for a Corsage Box

Plastic Clamshell container for corsagesWhen in the middle of a wedding season, it’s easy to run out of corsage and boutonniere boxes. In a pinch and in need of a lot of corsage boxes, Casey found herself in our local Smart and Final store and bought a ton of the clear salad 8×8-inch containers.  These are called: Clamshell Hinged Plastic Containers. These are an excellent choice for boutonnieres and corsages – as well as the ever-growing popular floral crown!

  • You can fit 6 boutonnieres in one large salad box – great amount for a set of groomsmen.
  • An entire full floral crown fits in the larger box and it’s not crushed.
  • These boxes cost a fraction of the amount one corsage box costs from your local wholesale floral supply.
  • The variety of sizes fits many items….a single corsage or more than one!