April 2018 NewsletterKit Wertz2019-01-21T17:53:41+00:00
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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 2018 News
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 FREEONLINEFLOWERCLASS…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
White and green flowers are a classic combination for any event. For this arrangement, we kept the green on the bright side with mini green hydrangea and bupleurum. Added some green and white parrot tulips with white roses, and Veronica. We threw in some dark green ruscus to give the arrangement depth. Photo by Kit Wertz.
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.
Flower Duet donated flowers for a Bridal Venue Showcase at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach with The Events Boutique. Photo by Janice Owen.
Flower Duet sponsored flowers to a wedding showcase at The Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Kit Wertz.
CMC Events posted this lovely shot of our Royal Wedding inspired place setting we created with DeLuxe Weddings & Events at The City Club Toast & Tour Event in downtown Los Angeles.
Floral Inspired Royal Wedding Cake
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle going to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017. Photo By Mark Jones via Wikimedia Commons.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s weddingcake will be made by California-raised pastry chef Claire Ptak, 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.
Elderflower Recipe Floral Cocktail from the St. Germain
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 (INTHATORDER). 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
Photo: San Diego Museum of Art
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)
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.
Free with admission to Art Alive Floral Exhibition
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)
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!
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 Field to Vase dinner sponsored by American Grown Flowers took place on April 7th at the Resendiz Brothers Farm. Photo from their social media post on the event.
Slow Flowers Summit Tickets on Sale
Attend the Slow Flowers Summit on June 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C. with Flower Duet!
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual SLOWFLOWERSSUMMIT, Friday, June 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The SLOWFLOWERSSUMMIT 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 AMERICANFLOWERSWEEK(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 SLOWFLOWERSSUMMIT 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!!!
Casey and Kit attended the last #SaveMuirRanch dinner in March. Photo by Kit Wertz.
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.
A patron of the March dinner at Muir Ranch walks back to his table in the fields of the urban farm in Pasadena. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Pork belly, roasted carrots and a table-made tossed salad were some of the fantastic farm-to-table dishes served at the dinner. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Student interns and workers on the farm set the tables and created the floral arrangements for the dinner at Muir Ranch. Photo by Kit Wertz
Chef Minh Phan created an amazing salad that looked more like performance art as she layered greens with pickled vegetables, salad dressing and edible flowers before tossing. It tasted as good as it looks in this photo. Amazingly yummy. Photo by Kit Wertz.
This was Kit and Casey’s view of dinner which started with hand-made floral designs featuring gargantuan artichoke leaves (awesome dinosaur-like) and the best avocado toast on the planet delivering by a pint-sized kid who was polite as could be. Cucumber agua fresca was the bomb. Photo by Kit Wertz
Mud Baron who will be at the Slow Flowers Summit 2018 in Washington, D.C., is the head instructor and manager of Muir Ranch. He is introducing the students, past and present of the program and talking about what we could do to help keep the program alive.
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.”
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!