Free Online Flower Class — Golden Garden Bowl
Flower Duet started an affordable and fun way to learn trendy floral designs in January of 2018. We are excited to have many of our newsletter fans as students who’ve signed on and log in each Friday for a new Flower Arranging Friday class! These classes are a wonderful value at $8 per month, you’ll receive a new class each week and access to all the previous classes posted!
Each month, we’ll feature one of these classes as a FREE ONLINE FLOWER CLASS…so check out our online classes website to see which one is free to view each month and we are sure, once you see what we have to offer, you’ll sign up to get all the classes now and going forward!
Ah…Spring! We’ve been busy teaching lots of classes, sponsoring venue showcases and bridal shows, creating flowers for weddings and lots of other fun florals this past month. Below is a small selection of some of the floral designs we’ve been creating recently.
Spring Green Wedding Ceremony Florals
Bridal Shows & Venue Showcases
From January through March, wedding and event venues are busy showcasing their spaces and they hold shows for wedding couples or salons for event planners. We are often asked to showcase our florals by partnering with a planner or the event space itself. Here are a few we did in the past few weeks for Los Angeles wedding venues.
Floral Inspired Royal Wedding Cake
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake will be made by California-raised pastry chef , owner of the London-based Violet Bakery, Kensington Palace has confirmed. See the official royal tweet about the cake:
On May 19, 2018, you can toast Ms. Markle and the Prince on their nuptials with an elderflower cocktail made with St. Germain and add a few fresh flowers as a nod to the royal wedding cake which will feature fresh flowers, lemon, and elderflower.
St. Germain liqueur is produced in an artisanal manner, the liqueur is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower that blooms on the hillsides in the French Alps during a short four-to-six-week period in spring. Extracting the flavors of this flower is not an easy process, and the St. Germain company keeps their process a family secret.
IKEA makes a sweet non-alcoholic drink from Elderflowers and that can be enjoyed by all in your group!
Elderflower Recipe Floral Cocktail from the St. Germain
THE ST‑GERMAIN COCKTAIL
2 parts Brut Champagne
1 1/2 parts St. Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)
2 parts Sparkling Water
Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add brut champagne first, then St-Germain, then sparkling water (IN THAT ORDER). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist. And, if you have done all of the above perfectly, feel free to put your name on it, as well. Serve during cocktail hour, as an apéritif just before dinner service, and throughout the meal.
Prosecco or dry white wine instead of brut champagne; club soda instead of sparkling water.
For pizazz and color add a fresh flower! There are many edible flowers that make wonderful garnishes for cocktails. Make sure they are organic and sourced from Whole Foods or an online merchant like Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.
Spring & Summer Floral Events, Exhibitions, and Summits
This is the time for wonderful adventures with flowers! Go, get out and have a feast for your eyes, nose, and palate!
San Diego Museum of Art Annual Floral Exhibition
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Museum is in full bloom for this signature fundraiser and annual exhibition with more than 100 floral interpretations of the works of art on view. 2018 Rotunda Designers Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz will transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a large, all-encompassing floral installation. In addition, hands-on art-making and interactive activities designed for children and families to do together are offered in the Garden of Activities.
Free for members | $25 nonmembers | $5 youth (7–17)
ART ALIVE: FLOWER POP-UP SHOP
Exclusive to Art Alive, Green Fresh Florals will once again be on site sampling all the beautiful items they carry in their Hillcrest store. Purchase hand selected cut flowers imported from all over the world as well as locally grown succulents, herb gardens, and terrariums. Lush custom bouquets can also be created onsite by their talented designers.
Friday, April 27
Museum members and their guests are invited to be among the first to see the 37th annual Art Alive floral exhibition during this special preview. Free for members | $25 members’ guests | $5 youth (7–17)
Flower Duet Workshops in Los Angeles
Our April workshop in our flower studio in Torrance is sold out, but you can still sign up for our classes in May, June, and July! Find out details on our shopping website: shop.flowerduet.com to reserve your space or send us an email!
Here is a list of our group studio classes we have for 2018. Remember, we offer private lessons and private group parties, too!
- April 21, 2018 — Simply Sumptuous Ranunculus Design Workshop — SOLD OUT
- May 19, 2018 — Amazing Anemones Floral Design Class — A few spots left
- May 23, 2018 — Bouquet & Boutonniere
- June 2, 2018 — Citrus & Florals Workshop
- June 13, 2018 — Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
- July 21, 2018 — Color Summer Extravaganza Floral Design Workshop
- August 11, 2018 — Alaskan Peonies Flower Workshop
- September 8, 2018 — Fifth Season Flowers Workshop
- September 26, 2018 — Bouquet & Boutonniere
- October 13, 2018 — Flower Pumpkins & Succulent Pumpkins Class
- October 24, 2018 — Wedding Centerpieces & Table Accents
- November 17, 2018 — Autumn Branches and Berries Floral Workshop
- December 8, 2018 — Hand-Made Wreaths and Garlands Class
Field to Vase Dinner Tour Kicks Off for 2018
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a series of intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown Flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef. Each artisan-style dinner is held at a breathtaking venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming.
The first dinner took place at the Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers farm on April 7, 2018 in Fallbrook, California (see photo below).
Find a dinner near you! American Flowers Field to Vase Dinner Tour!
Slow Flowers Summit Tickets on Sale
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT has been called a “TED Talk for Flower Lovers.”
This Summit will expand your imagination and challenge the way you think about your floral business.
Developed and produced by Debra Prinzing and Slow Flowers LLC, this one-day event is designed to celebrate AMERICAN FLOWERS WEEK (June 28-July 4, 2017) and bring together creatives, thought leaders and change agents with a lecture series featuring leading voices in the progressive American-grown floral community.
The SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT will stimulate your curiosity by inquiring, informing, including, instigating and inspiring conventional assumptions as we explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry.
Casey and Kit of Flower Duet are speaking and offering demonstrations at the event! Come join us!!!
Save Muir Ranch Dinner II — April 21, 2018
The next dinner to support the student work at the Muir Ranch in Pasadena is this Saturday. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Casey and Kit had a wonderful experience on March 17, 2018 that we hope more people can experience in the future! We had dinner on a 3.5-acre urban farm in Pasadena on the campus of John Muir High School. Muir Ranch is a jobs program that benefits the community in many ways. 1) It introduces students to entrepreneurship 2) it provides produce to local residents weekly 3) it teaches skills to students from farming, to irrigation, to pest control, to floral design. These students make money that enables them to help their families, attend out of state school performances and it’s self-sustaining. We purchased our tickets for dinner and attended the farm-to-table dinner in support of this wonderful program because it’s under threat of removal by the Pasadena City Council. We urge the City Council to reconsider its position and continue to embrace this valuable asset to the city and beyond.
Mud Baron with whom we will all be presenting together at the Slow Flowers Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C., is the head instructor and manager of Muir Ranch and is responsible for teaching many students how to become fantastic floral designers, farmers, and technicians.
The dinner featured fantastic local chefs, too! We were so happy we could attend and experience this great program in action.
The next dinner to help #SaveMuirRanch is April 21, 2018. Sign up for tickets here!
Heirloom Roses: Rose Story Farm
There were a lot of fires in Southern California last year and one was very close to Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria. We are happy to report that even though they are not offering tours or have the nursery open, they are still providing roses and will ship overnight! We had some lovely specimens in our studio last week. Their wholesale terms are: A minimum purchase of five (5) bunches is required for shipping. A minimum purchase of two (2) bunches is required for local pick up. Orders placed before 11 a.m. will be ready the same day. Orders placed after 11am will be available the following day for shipping or for local pick up as early as 8 a.m. and shown here are a few examples.
Rose Story Farm® began in 1998, and the family-owned business states their mission:
“Our mission has been, from the very first day, to produce beautiful, fragrant, romantic roses in exquisite shapes and colors. We are dedicated to producing the highest quality roses in our gardens, and Rose Story Farm now grows 25,000 rose bushes, with over 120 varieties.”
They named the farm Rose Story Farm because roses are central to some of their family’s most enchanting experiences.
Book Recommendation: Willow Crossley’s Flourish
Inspired by wild and wayward floral styles, Flourish, is a book full of natural and original arrangements including glorious garlands, posies, centerpieces and more!
Author Willow Crossley demonstrates how easy it is to transform a handful of fresh cuttings into arrangements to decorate your home throughout the year.
Arranged by season, Spring covers foxgloves and fritillaries, Summer showcases bouquets of roses to rosemary.
Fall follows with crab apples, cosmos, and clematis. Wintertime offers ivy, mosses and snowberries. From the publisher: “This is an original and stylish guide to decorating your home with interesting seasonal blooms and foliage; be it a relaxed lunch table or an elaborate dinner soiree, there is something for every taste and occasion.”