So excited to announce our lineup for in-person flower arranging classes at our Los Angeles South Bay Torrance Floral Design Studio.
We are still “traveling” around the world. We start in Ukraine. This class is special. Bring a friend. Make two “Vinoks” which is the word for a traditional floral crown in Ukraine. Proceeds from our Ukraine class will go to “Direct Relief” based in Santa Barbara, our favorite 4‑start Charity Navigator rated non-profit. Through Charity Navigator, we can choose the beneficiaries of our funds and find out how much of our donation goes to the actual people in need.
We are still traveling the world in flowers in 2023 and to kick off this new year, we’ll be designing flowers to honor the citizens of Ukraine. We’ll be making a floral traditional hair wreaths or floral crowns known as Vinoks. According to an article in Vogue, the floral crown/wreath is not just an accessory in Ukraine, “The meaning of the wreaths traces back to Ukraine’s early history, when they were associated with virginity, marriage, and womanhood, and have continued to be, up until the early 20th century.” Flower Duet will make a donation to help the Ukrainian people through the Santa Barbara based charity, Direct Relief from the proceeds of this class.
Italy favors lilies as traditional flowers. In this class, we’ll be combining these lovely blooms with other premium flowers like roses. The Lily is one of the most famous traditional Italian flowers. It’s commonly used as decorations for various celebrations, and Italians also gift it to loved ones as a token of appreciation. Lilies symbolize what the Italians are most passionate about including love, moral values and family.
Did you know that tulips are originally from Turkey? We’ll be designing with this lovely spring bulb flowers along with other premium florals for a winning combination. We’ll also learn a bit about Turkey and its floral history!
The national flower of Israel is the Anemone coronaria. We love anemones for their navy blue centers which offers a great option for clients when they want a hint of blue in a floral design. Ever-popular in weddings, this design class will focus on what the best flowers are to mix with Anemones in a bouquet so you can “see” these fabulous and premium flowers. This class is an eco-friendly “vase” design with no floral foam.
Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. Peonies were native to Europe and used for medicinal purposes in the 13th Century and introduced to England before 1600. In this vase floral design class, students will learn the tricks of helping Peonies to open safely and how to combine them with other flowers. No floral foam will be used. Students will also learn how to use a Kenzen (pin frog) as a additional demonstration portion of this class.
Jost Van Dyke isn’t only famous for it’s beachfront “Soggy Dollar Bar” and Painkiller cocktails. It is also home to some lovely tropical botanical gardens. We take a little tropical break in summer to design with flowers like ginger, heliconia, orchids and palm fronds.
Every other August (the next one will be made in 2024, so you have a year to plan your trip to Europe), the lovely people of Belgium create a carpet of flowers in its famous square of Brussels. Kit traveled many times to Belgium but never got to see this fabulous display. In this class we’ll make mini carpets of flowers!
We love marigolds! Our dad planted oodles of them every summer in our garden at home when we were young children. The scent of marigolds always transports us back to childhood! In Indian culture, marigolds are known as the “herbs of the Sun” and thus symbolize creativity, passion, brightness, positivity and happiness bestowed on the newlywed. In this class, we’ll combine lovely bright marigolds with other deeply toned flowers in this fun and festive last tribute to summer!
We show you the secret and we have some one-of-a-kind succulents to add, too. We’ve been teaching this class for over a decade and it’s one of the most popular around. Sign up while you can! This one always sells out. Did you know that squash is native to the Americas? Yep! So we don’t have to “travel” far for this class. Includes all the supplies…pumpkin and succulents!
The cymbidium orchid is New Zealand’s largest export cut flower and the quality is world renowned. Cymbidiums last weeks in a vase and we’ll be showing multiple ways to design with them from full stems, to individual blooms.
Swiss people count the days towards 24 December and the big celebration is the Adventskranz or Advent wreath which is usually a decorated circular wreath made of fir branches with four large candles fastened on it. We’ll use a wet floral foam wreath form with evergreens, berries, fresh flowers and candles.
All classes need to be reserved in advance. If you book 3 or more at a time, you’ll receive our bulk discount!
Kit Wertz is a professional floral designer with over 20 years experience. She is co-owner with her floral designing sister, Casey Schwartz, of Flower Duet based in the South Bay of Los Angeles. You can reach them at flowerduet.com.