September 2016 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 77

Flower Duet Designs Floral & Fruit Lamb for the LA Food & Wine Festival

By Kit Wertz

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Flower Duet designed the lamb using CAGrown Dried Plums for the face and legs and CAGrown flowers for the body. The topiary frame was made in Riverside and we put it together in our studio in Torrance…so it was a true native California creation for the LA Food & Wine Festival. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

We were asked to create something that would be an eye-catcher for the California Grown booth at last month’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival held August 25-28 on Grand Avenue in front of Disney Concert Hall.

The main sponsors for the booth were California Grown Flowers, Dried Plums, Pears and Lamb. So after thinking for a bit, we pitched the idea of a lamb topiary made with CAGrown Flowers and Dried Plums for the face and legs. CAGrown loved the idea and so we created our floral “Lambie.”

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Our lamb structure was custom made starting with a wire topiary frame which we stuffed with moss and then covered the face and legs in dried plums. For the flowers to stay fresh for 4 days and nights, we used a floral garland and lots of fresh California Grown flowers and greenery like Protea, Ruscus, Variegated Pittosporum and Gomphrena Globosa. Floral lamb sculpture by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Here is how it all turned out on the red carpet over three hot nights outside in hip and hopping downtown LA!

We made four floral, fruit and vegetable centerpieces in addition to the floral “lambie.” We could only use California grown flowers and produce and were more than pleased to find our favorite vendors downtown at the SoCal Flower Market with lots to choose from in addition to our local Mayesh Wholesale Florist at LAX.

By using long lasting flowers such as Protea, Statice, Celosia, Amaranth, Asters and Delphinium, we didn’t need to worry about the arrangements lasting for the 3-night festival despite the warm temperatures. When we did check on all the designs before the third night, all looked great! There were a few missing plums (from some hungry guests!) and some missing flowers (due to transport to a safe place each night) but all the flowers looked as fresh as they did the day we set it up!

Here are some more photos of the booth and our creations.

Flower Duet Lamb Sculpture for the CAGrown Booth at the LA Food & Wine Festival 2016

Our Lambie’s eyes were enhanced with locally grown succulent leaves for the eyelids, white Gomphrena Globosa for the whites and pincushion Protea pistils act as whimisical eyelashes! Floral lamb sculpture by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

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Our centerpieces featured lots of the same flowers we used on the lamb body as well as fruit like CA Grown Pears, Plums, Pluots, Beets, Zucchini and Rosemary. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

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The CA Grown Booth at the LA Food and Wine Festival featured Wine, Lamb Sliders, and Dried Plum samples! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

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Accent florals heavy with Protea for the CA Grown booth at the 2016 LA Food & Wine Festival. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

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Casey poses in front of our work in front of Disney Concert Hall and the CA Grown Booth for the 2016 LA Food & Wine Festival. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

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News crew covers our floral Lambie at the CA Grown booth at the 2016 LA Food & Wine Fest. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Adrienne Young.

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CA Grown wine, pears and flowers! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Adrienne Young.

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Kit poses with her Lambie creation for the CA Grown booth at the 2016 LA Food & Wine festival. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Adrienne Young.

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Kit adds a few more touches to finish Lambie for her debut at the LA Food & Wine Festival. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Adrienne Young.

Learn About Flowers at “A Day in the Garden” at The Banning Museum

Flower Duet will make 3rd Annual Appearance for a Floral Demonstration and Lecture

Saturday, September 17, 2016-  10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Come and join us for “A Day in the Garden – Celebration of Autumn” at The Banning Museum. FREE activities include lectADITGures, garden themed crafts, tasty samples of botanically inspired treats presented by our “Taste of History” committee and more. There will also be a lovely display of blooms and visitors are welcome to participate by bringing examples from their own gardens!

For more information on how to participate or to RSVP please call (310) 548-2005 or click  A Day in the Garden Flyer 2016 for more details.

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Learn more about the day at the Banning Museum at their website – TheBanningMuseum.org.

 

Where to Buy Wholesale Flowers in Los Angeles on a Sunday

By Casey Coleman Schwartz

We offer monthly tours of the LA Floral District and show off the Original Los Angeles Flower Market as well as the SoCal Flower Market and the surrounding suppliers of downtown LA’s Wall Street. There are more vendors to be found downtown who sell flowers and live plants and today we are highlighting a few of them. They are open later in the day than vendors on Wall Street and they are open on Sundays, too!

The entire LA Flower District is located from Maple Ave. to S. San Pedro Street to the north and south, and between 7th and 9th streets to the east and west. It is the largest flower district in the entire United States and one of a few that is open to the public.

One street behind Wall Street’s Original Los Angeles Flower Market are a number of wholesale flower vendors including a collection at the LA Flower Mall at 718-720 San Julian Street and more vendors all along the 700 block of San Julian including Lee’s Orchids at 766 San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles. At 825 South San Pedro St., you can find a collection of vendors at the California Flower Mall. Hours of the California Flower Mall are Monday-Saturday 4:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to Noon.

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Floral Crowns for Flamingos

Casey made a lovely collection of centerpieces and fresh floral crowns for some sparkly flamingos on the deck of the new Shade Hotel Redondo Beach last month. They received rave reviews from our vendor colleague, Christina of The Events Boutique who planned the luncheon for the hotel.

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Sunset Magazine Features Fabulous Florals with New Chrysanthemums

Fall Chrysanthemums at my local Armstrong Garden Center.

Fall Chrysanthemums at my local Armstrong Garden Center. Photo by Kit Wertz.

I picked up this month’s issue of Sunset Magazine and was so pleased to see a feature article on floral designs that focus on the versatile Chrysanthemum.Pick up a copy to have some awesome inspiration in the story “The Secret Life of Mums, September 2016.” (Photo by Thomas J. Story). Here is one of the stunning photos of designs in the issue:

“Brace yourself for these exotic beauties.” – The Secret Life of Mums, Sunset Magazine, September 2016 (Photo by Thomas J. Story).

Floral Design Book: Meaningful Bouquets: Create Special Messages with Flowers – 25 Beautiful Arrangements

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While we were in Washington, D.C. on vacation with family in August, Kit toured around the National Gallery with her kids and stopped by the wonderful gift shop and found this book. Published in 2015, it’s hard to believe we missed this lovely collection of ideas on how to create bouquets with meaning like the Victorians enjoyed doing.

Citing the language of flowers is a perennial favorite and we often teach classes on the subject which is why this type of book will not go out of style any time soon!

With beautiful photographs by Annabelle Breakey, authors Leigh Okies & Lisa McGuinness present a selection of arrangements that can be recreated and built upon by the floral designer enthusiast. Meaningful Bouquets: Create Special Messages with Flowers – 25 Beautiful Arrangements

From Amazon.com: “From Celebration and Luck, to Happiness and Forgiveness, each bespoke bunch of flowers suits an important occasion or recipient. Blooming with inspiring lifestyle photography and watercolor botanical illustrations throughout, Meaningful Bouquets brings a truly personal touch to flower arranging.”

Flower Tool: Feather Flowers

Chalice-shaped feather blossoms from Save-On-Crafts.

Chalice-shaped feather blossoms from Save-On-Crafts.

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Peony feather flower ball by Save-On-Crafts.

When we are creating a bouquet or boutonniere and want to add a whimsical touch, we will go searching for a pod or something unique to pop into the design.  We were delighted to find this fun collection of feather flowers on Save-On-Crafts. This are soft and fluffy and are so much fun to add to any design for a irresistible addition to fresh flower and greenery designs.