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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.

July/August 2019 News

Kids Flower Camp Fun

We had a love­ly sum­mer camp at our stu­dio with over a dozen kids ages 8–15. Each morn­ing ses­sion we explored all aspects of Flower Design from basic arrang­ing to craft­ing with flow­ers to how to dye flow­ers. We explored how to keep flow­ers fresh and how to dec­o­rate drift­wood with suc­cu­lents. Each stu­dent was hands-on, took all their projects home and were eager to come back for more each day.

The kept us on our toes and were won­der­ful design­ers! We can’t wait to host anoth­er flower camp next sum­mer!

Certified American Grown Farm & Flower Guide Online

American Grown Flowers LogoLast year, we wrote about the 2018–2019 Cer­ti­fied Amer­i­can Grown Flower Guide and each class we teach, we are asked where to buy fresh flow­ers close to home. Now, there is an online source where you can find who is a Cer­ti­fied Amer­i­can Grown flower farmer.

If you go to the web­site: https://www.americangrownflowers.org/, nav­i­gate to the “The Cer­ti­fied” link to see whole­salers and farm­ers of local­ly grown flow­ers!

Why is this impor­tant? From the web­site:

Cer­ti­fied Amer­i­can Grown is a uni­fied and diverse coali­tion of U.S. flower farms rep­re­sent­ing small and large enti­ties across the coun­try. Togeth­er, Amer­i­ca’s flower farm­ers are giv­ing con­sumers con­fi­dence in the source of their flow­ers by pro­vid­ing the only third par­ty guar­an­tee in the flo­ral indus­try that the bou­quets and bunch­es that are pur­chased were actu­al­ly home­grown.

2019 SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT VIDEOS!

The 3rd annu­al Slow Flow­ers SUMMIT took place this past June 30-July 1, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. If you missed join­ing, no wor­ries! Videos of all five pre­sen­ta­tions and the speak­ers’ Pow­er­Point slides are post­ed for you to watch and enjoy. This valu­able con­tent comes to you free of charge.

Video Release: SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT 2019

2019 Slow Flowers Summit Keynote Speaker Video

The 2020 Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit will be in San Fran­cis­co at the beau­ti­ful and his­tor­i­cal Filoli estate.  See more infor­ma­tion com­ing soon!

Flower Book Review

Flower Book Recommendation:: Botanical Inks
Botanical Inks Book

We pur­chased this book by Babs Behan to learn more about how to dye fab­ric using nat­ur­al ele­ments like rose petals and green­ery. We did many of these projects for the kids sum­mer camp (see arti­cle top) and high­ly rec­om­mend this book for any­one who wants to learn how to dye fab­ric with nat­ur­al dyes. It is well writ­ten and easy to fol­low with beau­ti­ful results!

From the pub­lish­er:

Learn how to trans­form for­aged wild plants, plants, gar­den pro­duce, and recy­cled food into dyes and inks with Botan­i­cal Inks. The book shows you how to extract envi­ron­men­tal­ly sus­tain­able col­or from the land­scape and use it to cre­ate nat­ur­al dyes for tex­tiles, cloth­ing, paper, and oth­er mate­ri­als. Botan­i­cal Inks cov­ers dye­ing and sur­face appli­ca­tion tech­niques, includ­ing bun­dle dye­ing, Shi­bori tie-dye­ing, hapa­zome, indi­go sug­ar vat dye­ing, wood-block print­ing, screen print­ing, and more. Itt also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes, and tech­nique knowl­edge into won­der­ful projects, from a sim­ple bun­dle-dyed a scarf to a block-print­ed tote bag.

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Flower Tool Review

Flower Tool :: Rubber MalletRubber Mallet

Rub­ber Mal­lets were the uni­ver­sal favorite way for our sum­mer camp kids to cre­ate beau­ti­ful hapa­zome prints with flower petals and leaves on water­col­or paper.

How to cre­ate a hapa­zome?

  1. Start with heavy duty water­col­or paper (note­cards are nice)
  2. Col­lect col­or­ful col­lec­tions of petals and green­ery that are fresh. Pan­sy faces work espe­cial­ly well.
  3. Place water­col­or paper on a hard sur­face (we used the ground) over anoth­er paper like card­board.
  4. Place a design of petals.
  5. Cov­er with plain white paper (like copi­er paper)
  6. Pound with rub­ber mal­let light­ly all over.
  7. Lift off cov­er paper to see results and scrape away any remain­ing petals or leaves.
  8. Let dry.

Steps for Hapazome Printing

Hapazome Start

Start with Paper and Petals on a hard sur­face

Hapazome Design

Make the design on the paper and fold paper over (or cov­er with top paper lay­er).

Hapazome Printing step 3

Pound all over the design area with a rub­ber mal­let. Be sure to cov­er all parts of the paper.

Open hapazome to reveal print

Open up the paper to reveal the print. Scape away the petals and let air dry.

Reveal the print

Dis­play the dried hapa­zome print!

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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 brownpapertickets.com.

  • 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!