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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tool tips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in and beyond South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients need in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

We are Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet. We are com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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Winter White Flowers

Hydrangeas and Ranun­cu­lus blooms make up this sim­ple vase design that is great for a win­ter white flo­ral dis­play. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

2015 Archives

Jan­u­ary 2015 News

2015 January Newsletter

Greenery Garlands by Flower DuetMarsala: 2015 Pan­tone Col­or of the Year

Flower Trends for 2015

Flower Duet’s 2015 Flower Arrang­ing Class­es Sched­ule

Oh My Gar­lands: Tools for Mak­ing Gar­lands

Flower Book: Flow­ers In Love

Flower Tool: Stretchy Gloves

Jan­u­ary 2015 News
Feb­ru­ary 2015 News

2015 February Newsletter

Finished W Moss-Covered Letter

Learn how to make this let­ter wreath for less than $10!

Flower Duet’s Valentine’s Gift Offer­ing

Tuto­r­i­al: Cre­ate a Moss-Cov­ered Ini­tial Let­ter Wreath

Red Flower Alter­na­tives for Valentine’s Day

Flow­er­ing Branch­es In Bloom

Mag­a­zine Rec­om­men­da­tion: Flir­ty Fleurs

Flower Tool: Crown­ing Glo­ry

Feb­ru­ary 2015 News
March 2015 News

2015 March Newsletter

Flower Dress at SF Flower and Garden Show

Flower Shows Bloom in March

Florist Qual­i­ties: What’s It Take to be a Florist?

2015 Flower Show Sea­son Blooms Around the World

Flower Duet’s March Flo­ral Design Class­es

Book Review: Tak­ing the Flower Show Home

Flower Tool: Lad­ders, Step Lad­ders & Stools

March 2015 News
April 2015 News

2015 April Newsletter

Sea Goddess I Postcard

Casey worked on a cruise ship called the Sea God­dess I owned by Cunard Cruise lines in the 1990s. Her first job as assi­tant social direc­tor includ­ed duties as the on board florist.

How to Buy Flow­ers in Barcelona, Spain for a Cruise Ship

How to be a Flower Shop Girl — Pyg­malion Style in Pasade­na

Flower Duet to be fea­tured in the LA Dai­ly News­pa­pers About Every­day Wreaths for the Home

Flower Duet Guest Lec­ture and Flower Demon­stra­tion at The Ban­ning House Muse­um in Wilm­ing­ton

Grow a Drought Tol­er­ant Sus­tain­able Gar­den by Vis­it­ing the Grow Native Nurs­ery

Where Do Your Flow­ers Come From? — An Info Graph­ic from

April 2015 News
May 2015 News

2015 May Newsletter

Be an Event Hero

Flower Duet co-spon­sored the 2nd Annu­al Be an Event Hero at Ter­ranea Resort

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Be An Event Hero Event at Ter­ranea Resort

Eight Wed­ding Flower Trends

Tour & Take a Work­shop in a Pri­vate Suc­cu­lent Gar­den

Flower Tool: Lop­pers

Flo­ral Design Book: Flower Styling

May 2015 News
June 2015 News

2015 June Newsletter

Arch­es for Wed­dings require spe­cial flo­ral treat­ments.

Wed­ding Arch­es Tips, Terms & Tech­niques

Men­tor­ing High School Stu­dents with Flow­ers

Giv­ing Flow­ers Has its (Yum­my) Rewards

Flower Duet’s Wed­ding Series Con­tin­ues

How Do You Spell “Bou­quetière?”

Suc­cu­lent Flo­ral Class­es at The Hunt­ing­ton

Flower Book Review: The Flower Farmer’s Year

Flower Tool: Fun­nels for Vas­es with Small Open­ings

June 2015 News
July 2015 News

2015 July Newsletter

Flower Duet's Sunset Colored Flowers for Weddings and Events

Sun­set Col­ored flow­ers for Wed­dings and Events by Flower Duet — Pho­to by Kit Wertz,

Rich­ly Hued Sum­mer Sun­set Flow­ers

First Amer­i­can Flow­ers Week

West­ern Drought and Flower Farm­ers News

Flower Duet’s July Flower Work­shops

Kit­ty Cats Pro­tect Flow­ers at the LA Flower Mart

Flo­ral Design Tool: Wreath Forms, Moss Pins and Suc­cu­lent Cut­tings

Flower Design Book: Liv­ing Wreaths

July 2015 News
August 2015 News

2015 August Newsletter

Bou­quets at the local farm­ers’ mar­ket in North­ern Vir­ginia. By Coun­try Gar­dens of Toms Brook, VA. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Sum­mer Flow­ers Near Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

White House Seeks New Florist-in-Chief

Field to Vase Din­ners in Brook­lyn and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Flower Duet’s Recent Press Cov­er­age

July events by Flower Duet

August 2015 News
Sep­tem­ber 2015 News

2015 September Newsletter

Aisle Decor for an outdoor wedding with petals and vases.

Flower Duet com­plet­ed the look of aisle vas­es hang­ing from the chair rows with a line of pink rose petals. Flow­ers and pho­to by Flower Duet.

Fall Flo­ral Trends

Fall Event Flo­ral Styling Work­shop

Pho­to Essay on NYC Flo­ral Indus­try

Edi­ble Flow­ers

Wed­ding Flo­ral Snap­shots

Flower Tool:  Hang­ing Aisle Vas­es

Flower Book: The Art of Flo­ral Design

Your Bridal Bou­quet: A Sur­vey

Sep­tem­ber 2015 News
Octo­ber 2015 News

2015 October Newsletter

Floral Styling by Flower Duet.

Kit’s daugh­ter, Keely, demon­strates the seat­ing area of the fall “pho­to booth” at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den. Flo­ral styling by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flo­ral Styling Class for Fall Dec­o­ra­tion Ideas

Nat­ur­al Col­or Dye with Rose Petals — Step-by-Step Tuto­r­i­al

Pho­to Styling for Green Wed­ding Shoes — A Look Behind the Scenes

Pop­Sug­ar & Host­ess with the Most­ess Fea­ture Flower Duet’s Work

Venue Focus: Wed­ding Flow­ers at Vib­iana in Down­town Los Ange­les

Flower Tool: Our “Kit” for On-Site Flo­ral Instal­la­tions

Book Review: The Hand­book of Nat­ur­al Plant Dyes

Octo­ber 2015 News
Novem­ber 2015 News

2015 November Newsletter

Hotel Bel Air Gazebo Wedding Flowers

Detail of gaze­bo flow­ers for Hotel Bel Air wed­ding fea­tur­ing antique Hydrangea and lots of ros­es! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Thanks­giv­ing Flower Ideas

Club­MomMe Fam­i­ly Fest

Win­ter Hol­i­day Flo­ral Styling at SCBG

Flow­er­House Project

Real Event Flow­ers by Flower Duet

Wed­ding Plan­ning Myths Book

2016 Class List

Novem­ber 2015 News
Decem­ber 2015 News

2015 December Newsletter

100 Gifts for Flower Lovers — A Guide

Gilded Fig Vases

Gild­ed Fig Vas­es from One of 100 hol­i­day gift ideas from Flower Duet for flower lovers!

Win­ter Won­der­land Flo­ral Styling Class

Auto Show Flow­ers

Flower Duet In the News

Foot­ball Flace — A Flower Face

Poin­set­tias for Christ­mas

Flower Duet’s Green­house

Flower Book: Jane Packer’s Guide to Flower Arrang­ing

Flower Tool: Chick­en Wire

Decem­ber 2015 News
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Flower Design Classes

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

Saturday Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:

  • Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — White Botan­i­cals
  • Feb­ru­ary 8, 2020 — Flo­ral Gift Box­es
  • March 21, 2020 — CANCELED — Wav­ing Ranun­cu­lus
  • April 18, 2020 — Tremen­dous Tulips
  • May 16, 2020 — Pock­et Full of Posies
  • June 13, 2020 — Ros­es + Peonies 
  • July 18, 2020 — Trop­i­cal Flow­ers
  • August 22, 2020 — Hap­py Dahlias
  • Sep­tem­ber 19, 2020 — Antiqued Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 17, 2020 — Pump­kin Crafts
  • Novem­ber 21, 2020 — Fall Flow­ers for Cel­e­brat­ing
  • Decem­ber 12, 2020 — Hol­i­day Flo­ral Wreaths

Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:

  • Jan­u­ary 22, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 26, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 20, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 24, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 23, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 21, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library

We will be cel­e­brat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of The Hunt­ing­ton Library start­ing in June with themed flo­ral designs.
Reg­is­ter for these class­es through

  • Jan­u­ary 25, 2020 — Serene Orchids
  • Feb­ru­ary 7, 2020 — Posies and Palates — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evening for Valen­tine’s Day
  • March 14, 2020 — CANCELED — Spring Flo­ral Bas­kets
  • April 23, 2020 — CANCELED — Posies and Palates — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evening Cel­e­brat­ing Greene & Greene
  • May 9, 2020 — CANCELED — Moth­ers Day Week­end Flow­ers
  • June 6, 2020 — Ros­es, Ros­es, Ros­es!
  • June 11, 2020 — Posies and Palates — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evening Cel­e­brat­ing Bit­ters & Bou­quets
  • Sep­tem­ber 12, 2020 — Bold and Bright Fall Vase fea­tur­ing Dahlias
  • Octo­ber 31, 2020 — Dia De Los Muer­tos fea­tur­ing Pump­kins
  • Novem­ber 14, 2020 — Autumn Burst Cel­e­bra­tion Cen­ter­piece fea­tur­ing Pro­tea
  • Decem­ber 5, 2020 — ‘Tis the Sea­son Gar­lands fea­tur­ing mixed Ever­greens

Autry Muse­um
Watch for our Annu­al Mem­bers-Only class in Novem­ber 2020

Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!