September/October 2019 News
Floor Décor :: A New Trend for Ceremony Displays
Flower Duet created this floor decoration as an alternative to a floral arch for a wedding ceremony at an outdoor venue in Los Angeles, The La Venta Inn. Photo by Casey Coleman Schwartz.
Thanks to celebrities like Mandy Moore who was married in a Los Angeles backyard surrounded by pampas grass plumes sprouting from the ground, many florists are being asked to create “floral floor displays” for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Kit wrote about this botanical trend for the fall 2019 issue of Bloomin’ News, a magazine for the floral trade published by the Original Los Angeles Flower Market.
Here is another “floor decoration” we designed for a wedding ceremony with plumes of bleached pampas grass inserted into long soaked Oasis raquettes that were covered in a variety of greenery including Israeli Ruscus.
Dried and bleached pampas grass floor decoration by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Tips on Making Your Own Floor Décor
For transporting from your studio to the venue, create the base at the venue (attach raquestes to wood supports) and cover with greenery.
At the venue, insert tall stems so they are fresh and straight!
Read this article about “wedding floral ceremony circles” on the Oasis website for more hands-on tips.
NOTE:: Pampas grass is not welcome at all venues — especially in California due to its invasive plant status. Using dried and bleached versions do not have seeds that can germinate.
Try a Free Online Floral Class
Free Floral Design Class :: Teeny Tiny Bouquets
This is part of our ongoing Flower Arranging Friday series you can subscribe to for a low monthly fee! You’ll receive downloads of the supplies used in each class, step-by-step video instruction and lots of tips along the way!
A Full Bouquet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time
Our Flower Arranging Fridays series is a perfectly-sized approach to learning the art of floral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a truly useful floral design technique in a current event floral design style. This class series will keep you wondering what we’ll show you next!
As part of each class, you’ll receive:
1. A downloadable PDF list of supplies including the flower recipe.
2. Easy-to-follow mini video lessons so you’ll never have to rewind the video to see a step again.
3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a successful floral arranger!
SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT 2020 :: San Francisco at Filoli
OMG…The Slow Flowers Summit is going to be at Filoli next summer! How awesome is that? I thought it was darn cool that is was in my old hometown of Washington D.C. in 2018 when Casey and I were presenters for the flower gathering. But now, it’s going to be on a super lovely garden-infused historica mansion property in lovely Woodside, California.
I took my mom there on our way to a the American Grown Flowers Field to Vase Dinner in Sonoma in 2016. We had a fabulous time in Half Moon Bay and then took a short drive back over the mountains to tour Filoli.
There are amazing gardens, a yummy cafe and flower classes there all-year-long. One of our friends teaches there, too!
From Debra Prinzing, founder of Slow Flowers and the Slow Flowers Summit Series:
We’re thrilled that Susan Mcleary will join the Slow Flowers Summit 2020 with two presentations!
On Sunday, June 28, 2020 — during our FLORAL TAKEOVER of Filoli Historic House & Garden, Sue will lead us off with a demonstration as she designs a large-scale, foam-free, botanical sculpture. Learn her philosophy, techniques, mechanics and aesthetics as she creates in real time! Then, you’ll be set free with teams of other Slow Flowers Summit attendees to design and adorn the rooms of the House with your own seasonal arrangements and floral elements. Sue and the other instructors will all be on hand to coach you!
On Monday, June 29, 2020 — Sue will kick off a full day of inspiring sessions with her Keynote presentation: “The Creative Journey: Finding Your Artistic Voice, Truth and Expression,“an illustrated lecture and floral design demonstration.
If you’re seeking to recharge and refresh your own approach to creativity, you’ll want to be in the front row at this visually-engaging presentation!
The Slow Flowers Summit takes place during American Flowers Week.
Flower Book Review
Flower Book Recommendation :: The Posy Book by Teresa Sabankaya
Review By Kit Wertz
I am fortunate to have met Teresa Sabankaya twice in person through the Slow Flowers family. I saw her speak at the Inaugural Slow Flowers Summit in Seattle in 2017. She gave a demonstration about making flower posies with meaning and talked about her book in progress. I was delighted to see this book published this year and now I see it at my local book stores and garden gift shops. The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story is lovely just like Teresa. Her photos, her ideas and her words will do more than just inspire you. It will move you.
Casey and I have taught “flowers with meaning classes” since 1999 and it is fun every time for people to learn that flowers can act as a message vehicle to tell someone you love them, you’re sorry or that you just think they are wonderful.
I KNOW you will love this book if you love flowers and you love sharing flowers with friends, family and your neighbors!
From the Author’s Website:
Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya’s signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist. In The Posy Book, Sabankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations. A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, will help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning.
Flower Tool Review
Flower Tool :: Ribbon
I know this seems like this is a “No-Duh” type of recommendation, but I want to express the best type of ribbon to use for tying bouquets like the hand-tied posies that are in The Posy Book I review above. The two we use the most are Grosgrain ribbon and Double-Faced Satin Ribbon. See below an excellent resource — May Arts Ribbon Company.
May Arts’ woven GN series grosgrain is a woven Petersham-esque grosgrain. Because it lacks the traditional thick edging of an American style grosgrain, it is softer and more supple. The weight and pliability of the ribbon makes it versatile for everything from gift wrap to sewing to scrapbooking.
Double Faced Reversible Satin Ribbon
All Luster Double Faced Satin Ribbons are ~ 1.5″ (36MM). Non-Luster double faced satin ribbons are 1.5″ (38.1MM). Tie elegant bows on wrapped packages, wedding bouquets and gift baskets, embellish scrapbook pages and sew on clothing or use on home decor items.