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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.

April Floral News

Flower Duet Tapped as Floral Designer for the 2016 American Grown Flowers Field to Vase Dinner Tour

The Table is Set for April 13, 2016 at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California!

The Amer­i­can Grown Field to Vase Din­ner Tour, a series of pop-up com­mu­nal din­ing expe­ri­ences that take place at Amer­i­can flower farms and green­hous­es across the coun­try, chose Flower Duet as the florist for the sec­ond of 10 this year’s series of din­ners.

Casey & Kit of Flower Duet in the Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Casey (left) and Kit (right) of Flower Duet will be the flo­ral design­ers for the 2016 Field to Vase Din­ner Tour at The Flower Fields in Carls­bad, Calif. They took a day trip to San Diego to help pro­mote the din­ner on Fox5 San Diego’s morn­ing news and then stopped at The Flower Fields to snap this pho­to!

Pink Ranunculus Flower Bouquet

Pink Ranun­cu­lus will be one of the main flow­ers fea­tured in Flower Duet’s Field to Vase design for The Flower Fields. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Now in its sec­ond year, the Field to Vase Din­ner Tour has been extreme­ly pop­u­lar, with din­ners sell­ing out dur­ing its inau­gur­al year,” express­es Kasey Cron­quist, admin­is­tra­tor for Cer­ti­fied Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers and CEO/ambassador for the Cal­i­for­nia Cut Flower Com­mis­sion (CCFC). Each event fea­tures a sea­son­al four-course meal pre­pared by a local chef, served at a table dec­o­rat­ed with beau­ti­ful, local, Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers arranged by a local flo­ral design­er. “It’s a din­ner tour for flower and food lovers who believe in the val­ue of local­ly sourced, sus­tain­able food and flo­ra and for peo­ple who want a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence a roman­tic din­ner on a beau­ti­ful flower farm,” Kasey remarks.

In Joy or Sadness, Flowers are our Constant Friends Quote

A quote at The Flower Fields. Oh…so true!

The sec­ond of 10 events takes place April 13, at Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny’s The Flower Fields in Carls­bad, Calif. Par­tic­i­pants will enjoy a guid­ed tour by Mike Mel­lano, PhD of Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny who will offer guests an inti­mate look into what it means to be a Cal­i­for­nia flower farmer and what it takes to farm his renowned, vibrant and fra­grant ranun­cu­lus. Flower Duet will cre­ate a kalei­do­scope of col­or using the Ranun­cu­lus blooms as the main inspi­ra­tion for each cen­ter­piece bou­quet. Sat­is­fy­ing the taste palates of the guests will be local Chef Jeff Ross­man of Ter­ra Cater­ing, who has pre­pared a region­al­ly inspired menu, includ­ing the fresh­est culi­nary ingre­di­ents Cal­i­for­nia has to offer.

Now in its sec­ond year, the Field to Vase Din­ner Tour has a grow­ing fan fol­low­ing. I know, because friends and col­leagues who attend­ed last year have been ask­ing when the 2016 sched­ule will be unveiled. Once you expe­ri­ence an al fres­co din­ner on an Amer­i­can flower farm, it becomes a must-attend event,” –Debra Prinz­ing, author and founder of Slow Flow­ers and Field to Vase Din­ner Tour co-host and spon­sor.

We hope you will join us at The Flower Fields for a one-of-a-kind expe­ri­ence of flow­ers, food and great com­pa­ny in a field of blooms over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Pacif­ic Ocean.

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What: 2016 Field to Vase Din­ner Tour at The Flower Fields in Carls­bad, Cal­i­for­nia
Date: Wednes­day, April 13, 2016
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carls­bad, Cal­i­for­nia, 92008
Reserve: Tick­ets through Eventbrite.com

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Flower Fields Carlsbad

The flower fields are well-attend­ed to by a work­er in the midst of bloom­ing Ranun­cu­lus in late March 2016. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Field to Vase Carlsbad

Din­ner guests at last year’s Field to Vase Din­ner at Carls­bad.

Sunset over Pacific

The sun sets over the Pacif­ic and The Flower Fields dur­ing last year’s Field to Vase Din­ner. Join us this year on April 13, 2016!

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2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show — Speaking Recap

By Kit Wertz

Last month, I had the hon­or to appear with fab­u­lous flo­ral design­ers at the 2016 San Fran­cis­co Flower & Gar­den Show in San Mateo, Calif. I spoke twice on the Flower Pavil­ion stage and once in the DIY stage. What I loved about the show was meet­ing all the oth­er design­ers where were on hand to speak over the week­end and work­ing with devot­ed ambas­sadors of local­ly grown flow­ers includ­ing flower farm­ers of Alaskan Peonies and those who farm native Cal­i­for­nia plants.

Here is a col­lec­tion of pho­tos and a lit­tle back­ground on what it’s like to be a speak­er at a big show!

Day 1 — Saturday — Noon Demonstration at the Flower Pavilion & DIY Stage

In this talk and demon­stra­tion titled “Flow­ers For All: From Age 7 to 70+” I cov­ered clas­sic flower arrang­ing tech­niques like clean­ing all the green­ery below the water line in a vase (to keep the water clean so stems can drink) and cut­ting stems at an angle (so they don’t sit flat on the bot­tom of a vase). I also talked about the opti­mum height for a vase cen­ter­piece for a din­ner and more.

Pic­tured below: In this part of my lec­ture, I was talk­ing about using stems inside the vase to cre­ate the archi­tec­ture for the lat­er stems that will be added. Basi­cal­ly, if you start to add stems at an angle and keep tur­ing the vase around in the same direc­tion and keep adding in the same angle, you’ll build up an base of stems that cre­ates a nice round­ed shape. As you add stems, they need to but a bit longer and longer until you have the mid­dle stem which should be the longest stem in the design.

2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show - Kit Speaking

For Day 1, my top­ic was about the Top 10 Tips on Flower Arrang­ing Suc­cess. Pho­to by Chris­tine Cole­man.

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One of five designs I cre­at­ed for the first day of my talks at the show. It fea­tured Cal­i­for­nia grown Pro­tea, Freesia, Spray Ros­es, Bupleu­rum, Wax Flower and Rus­cus. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Here is the scene at the DIY stage of the show. Atten­dees were able to arrange a flower bou­quet on a first-come, first-served basis — but it was free! Pho­to by Chris­tine Cole­man.

DIY Stage - Kit Wertz - San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

There I am…way in the back of the pho­to show­ing every­one how to tog­gle their hand-tied bou­quets. Pho­to by Chris­tine Cole­man.

Kit at SF Flower and Garden Show 2016

Kit lead­ing a class at the 2016 San Fran­cis­co Flower & Gar­den show DIY stage after teach­ing how to make a Euro­pean Style Hand-Tied bou­quet with Cal­i­for­nia Grown Flow­ers.

Day 2 — Sunday — Noon Demonstration — Successful Floral Design: Discover Two Foolproof Techniques

On Sun­day, I had the Noon spot again and demon­strat­ed two dif­fer­ent tech­niques while cov­er­ing three flo­ral designs in the span of one hour. First, I showed how to arrange flow­ers using a tech­nique called “Gath­er, Drop & Fill.” First, you take about 12 stems of flow­ers and gath­er them so the blooms are all about the same height. Then, you’ll cut the bot­tom of the stems all the same length at about twice the height of the vase you are using.

Then, while hold­ing the stems over the vase, you “drop” the stems and see how they fall. Pic­tured below, I was explain­ing that when you’ve cut the stems prop­er­ly before drop­ping them into a vase all at once, they spi­ral in the vase auto­mat­i­cal­ly, cre­at­ing an easy archi­tec­ture to just keep adding flow­ers.

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Kit explains how stems will spi­ral after “Gath­er­ing” and “Drop­ping” them into a vase. Then you can pro­ceed to add more stems to fill up the design. The key to this tech­nique is to cut the stems at the same length at about twice the height of the vase.

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Here is the final design of “Gath­er, Drop & Fill” by Kit at the 2016 San Fran­cis­co Flower & Gar­den Show. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Kit also demon­strat­ed how to “Bun­dle” flow­ers and “Place” them into a vase. Here are four lit­tle posies that are bun­dled with rub­ber bands and then placed into the vase so the stems lock togeth­er. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Kit cre­at­ed this high-style design using the “Bun­dle & Place” method, but kept stems long. She cre­at­ed five bun­dles of flow­ers. The mid­dle three bun­dles had the focal flow­ers of Ros­es, Pro­tea, Wax Flow­ers and Green­ery. The two out­side bun­dles includ­ing Wax flower, Ama­ran­thus and more Green­ery. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Kit Wertz at the SF Flower and Garden SHow

Out­side the 2016 San Fran­cis­co Flower & Gar­den Show

Coastal Posies Garlands

Ter­ri Lynn Heath and Jen­nifer Ketring of Coastal Posies showed show atten­dees how to cre­ate gar­lands using Cal­i­for­nia Native plants.

California Native Garlands

Here were the fin­ished Coastal Posies flow­er­ing gar­lands using all Cal­i­for­nia Native plants!

Urban Gardens

Here is a cool way to have sig­nage in an urban gar­den! Block wood­en let­ters filled with suc­cu­lents! This was one of many drought tol­er­ant land­scape gar­den dis­plays at the 2016 SF Flower & Gar­den Show.

SF Flower & Garden Show

A com­pa­ny called the Water­fall Guy cre­at­ed a cool entry way into the show which includ­ed this larg­er than life Pray­ing Man­tis!

Waterfall Guy

Here is anoth­er dis­play at the show.

Parking Guys

As a speak­er, I had my own reserved park­ing area at the San Mateo Event Cen­ter and these two work­ers at the show helped pre­serve my park­ing space for both days. So after my last lec­ture, I broke up my tall “Bun­dle and Place” bou­quet and gave the bun­dles to them as a thank you.

Flower Duet on Fox 5 San Diego to Promote Field to Vase American Grown Flowers

By Kit Wertz

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On the Fri­day before Easter, Casey and I drove down to San Diego to appear on Fox5 San Diego’s morn­ing news show were we showed the co-anchor, Maria Arce­ga-Dunn, how to cre­ate a Spring flo­ral design using Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers. We were there to help pro­mote where peo­ple can find flow­ers are grown local­ly (See AmercianGrownFlowers.org) and to talk a lit­tle about the Field to Vase Din­ner being held on April 13th at The Flower Fields (see arti­cle above).

First, we stopped at Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny’s Carls­bad cool­er to pur­chase the flow­ers we fea­tured on the show. We were able to buy lots of Ranun­cu­lus, Wax Flower, Stock, Israeli Rus­cus, Tulips, Green Trick Dianthus, Veron­i­ca, Sol­ida­go and Cras­pe­dia.

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Kit cre­at­ed these cute Easter dec­o­ra­tions from Green Trick Dianthus as part of our “set dec­o­ra­tion” for our Fox5 San Diego Appear­ance. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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We cre­at­ed an Easter-themed low ter­rar­i­um for the show table set decor for our Fox5 appear­ance. Wax flower is grown local­ly in San Diego. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

fox5sandiego

Kit stopped at Vons the day before the show to pick up local­ly grown flow­ers for our set dec­o­ra­tion. In this design is yel­low Dubi­um, Stock, orange Runun­cu­lus, Pin­cush­ion Pro­tea, Israeli Rus­cus and Green Trick Dianthus. We also added some Fox­tail Fern from our own stu­dio gar­den sup­plies. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Casey posed on our “set” on the back patio of Fox5 San Diego before our appear­ance with Maria on the show. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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This was our view of the back lot before while we were wait­ing to be on the show. There was a steel drum band from Ocean­side that was going to be on the air after we appeared and they were doing sound checks as we were get­ting ready for our appear­ance. It was a fun and fes­tive atmos­phere! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Some detail from a bud vase we did with Tulips, Cras­pe­dia, Ranun­cu­lus, Sol­ida­go and Veron­i­ca. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Our set after our seg­ment was filmed LIVE! The bas­kets in the back were ours, too. We hid buck­ets inside to house the fresh flow­ers as part of our spring­time set design. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

The live inter­view went so fast! I’ve nev­er built an arrange­ment in under three min­utes — much less taught one that fast!  Casey and I were on togeth­er with the anchor and while I helped news anchor Maria Arce­ga-Dunn cre­ate the pink and white spring vase of flow­ers on cam­era, Casey answered all of her inter­view ques­tions. If you want to use an online direc­to­ry to help you find florists, stu­dio design­ers, wed­ding and event plan­ners, super­mar­ket flower depart­ments and flower farm­ers who are com­mit­ted to using Amer­i­can grown flow­ers, vis­it SlowFlowers.com.

Watch a Video

Here is a home video Casey took after our appear­ance we post­ed on YouTube so you can hear the excel­lent Steel Drum band that was play­ing along with us to the tune of “Oh What A Night” by the Four Sea­sons!

Ceremony Magazine Features Flower Duet’s Work

Photo by Kristina Lee Photography for NYFC. Flowers by Flower Duet

The Venue Crawl South Bay for New York Food Com­pa­ny. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kristi­na Lee Pho­tog­ra­phy. As seen in Cer­e­mo­ny Mag­a­zine Blog

Flower Duet was asked to cre­ate flo­rals for three venues for New York Food Com­pa­ny which is the par­ent com­pa­ny who run Veran­da’s Beach House in Man­hat­tan Beach, Calif. and La Ven­ta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

New York Food Com­pa­ny, a pres­ti­gious event venue and cater­ing com­pa­ny in the Los Ange­les area, invit­ed event plan­ners to par­tic­i­pate in The Venue Crawl South Bay. The group explored NYFC’s exclu­sive venues: Veran­das Beach House, The Redon­do Beach Hotel, and La Ven­ta Inn. NYFC pro­vid­ed refresh­ing bev­er­ages and exquis­ite cui­sine along the way. See the pho­tos from the event at Cer­e­mo­ny Mag­a­zine’s Blog.   Want to see more? Watch the high­light video HERE.

Here were all the ven­dors we worked with that day:

Pho­tog­ra­phy | Kristi­na Lee Pho­tog­ra­phy
Cater­ing & Plan­ning | New York Food Com­pa­ny, The Sug­ar Par­ty by NYFC, Cel­e­bra­tions by NYFC
Videog­ra­phy | Impres­sive Cre­ations Video
Flo­ral Design | Flower Duet
Rentals | Bak­er Par­ty Rentals
Venues | Veran­das Beach House, The Redon­do Beach Hotel, La Ven­ta Inn
Cof­fee | New Fron­tier Cof­fee
VIP Pass­es | Social Savvy
Trans­porta­tion | Cal­i­for­nia Excur­sion Tour

Coverage of April Events coming in May Newsletter!

We have so much going on this month that we’ll include a tool and book in next mon­th’s news! More to come soon.…stay tuned and thanks for read­ing!

Best to you and enjoy your flow­ers, Kit & Casey

2019 Flower Design Classes

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

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – 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 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — The Hunt­ing­ton’s 100th Rose
  • Sept 2, 2019 — A Flower from Every Gar­den
  • Sept/Oct 2019 — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evenings Planned — Con­tact Us for details as dates are being decid­ed soon!
  • Oct 19, 2019 — Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins
  • Nov 9, 2019 — Fall Flow­ers Inspired by Paint­ings in the Art Col­lec­tion by
  • Dec 14, 2019 — Tra­di­tion­al Hol­i­day Designs inspired from 100 years ago

Dates are set for 2020 — so more flower fun to come!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!



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!