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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.

Floral Crowns: Past, Present & Future

Floral Crowns for Weddings

Flo­ral Crowns have been pop­u­lar since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Read more about the his­to­ry of flo­ral wreaths we wear. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Every­where we look, we are see­ing fresh flo­ral crowns on mod­els in mag­a­zines and on run­ways.  They are not a new idea! Now we’re see­ing not just flower girls and brides wear­ing flo­ral crowns, but all types of peo­ple for all types of occa­sions!

The halo of fresh flow­ers has been a pop­u­lar acces­so­ry for hun­dreds of years.  Ancient Greeks wore crowns at spe­cial occa­sions in hon­or of their gods.  Dur­ing Medieval times, flo­ral crowns fell out of fash­ion since many pagan reli­gions used them dur­ing their rit­u­als.

Our own indige­nous Cheyenne peo­ple worn crowns made of wil­low, cot­ton­wood or sage dur­ing cer­e­monies and rit­u­als.

And, in Decem­ber, Nordic cul­tures still cel­e­brate St. Lucia Day where a young girl wears a crown made of leaves and can­dles in a pro­ces­sion of light.

St. Lucia Day — December 13th

In Swe­den, The Lucia Day, is ven­er­at­ed on Decem­ber 13 in a cer­e­mo­ny where a girl is elect­ed to por­tray Lucia. Wear­ing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of can­dles on her head, she walks at the head of a pro­ces­sion of women, each hold­ing a can­dle.

St. Lucia Christmas card.

The Nordic obser­va­tion of St. Lucia is first attest­ed in the Mid­dle Ages, and con­tin­ued after the Protes­tant Ref­or­ma­tion in the 1520s and 1530s. The mod­ern cel­e­bra­tion is only about 200 years old. The pre-Chris­t­ian hol­i­day of Yule, or jól, was the most impor­tant hol­i­day in Scan­di­navia and North­ern Europe. Orig­i­nal­ly the obser­vance of the win­ter sol­stice. The Yule sea­son was a time for feast­ing, drink­ing, gift-giv­ing, and gath­er­ings, but also the sea­son of aware­ness and fear of the forces of the dark. (Source: Wikipedia.com).

Floral Crowns

These days, the flow­ers in flo­ral crowns are big and bold. Go big for full impact of the flow­ers. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Wedding Floral Crowns

Wedding Party with Flower Girl Wearing a floral head wreath.

Flower girls have been priv­i­leged in recent past years to be adorned with fresh flow­ers. Now, brides are show­ing inter­est, too with large flo­ral wreath designs. Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

Queen Vic­to­ria made the orange blos­som flo­ral crown pop­u­lar (along with the white gown) for wed­dings when she wore one for her nup­tials to Prince Albert in 1840; how­ev­er, there are many cul­tures around the world whose wed­ding attire includes fresh flo­ral head wreaths.

Ancient Poly­ne­sians, tra­di­tion­al Ukraini­ans and the Chi­nese all wore flo­ral crowns for wed­ding cer­e­monies to sym­bol­ize fer­til­i­ty.

Floral wreath floral crown for weddings by Flower Duet.

One of our love­ly bride’s receives a love­ly kiss from her flower girl who’s wear­ing a flo­ral crown and car­ry­ing a lit­tle posy. Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

 Floral Crowns & Personal Flowers for Parties & Events

Floral Fascinator

Casey shows a guest at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den’s 53rd Annu­al Meet­ing and Foun­da­tion Din­ner how to make a flo­ral fas­ci­na­tor. Pho­to by Kristi­na Lee Pho­tog­ra­phy

For the past few months, we cre­at­ed flo­ral crowns and per­son­al flow­ers as a par­ty event fea­ture. For a Foun­da­tion Din­ner at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den, we showed guests how to cre­ate their own flo­ral fas­ci­na­tor and for a lit­tle girl’s birth­day par­ty in Pacif­ic Pal­isades at the Bel Air Bay Club, we cre­at­ed cus­tom flo­ral head wreaths using fresh flow­ers on-the-spot for lit­tle girls and grown-up women alike! That par­ty will be fea­tured in an upcom­ing blog post on karaspartyideas.com.

Like us on Face­book and you’ll see when we update our fol­low­ers with the live link to the blog post.

NEW! Wedding Series Classes Offered by Flower Duet Features Floral Crowns and Hair Flowers

We are excit­ed to announce a Wednes­day evening Wed­ding Flo­ral Design Class Series t0 be offered through­out 2015.

Three times next year, we’ll offer a month­ly series of three class­es. You can sign up for one class or a whole series. These will con­cen­trate on three areas of wed­ding flow­ers: bou­quets, cen­ter­pieces and per­son­al flow­ers — which will include cor­sages, hair wreaths/floral crowns and bou­ton­nieres.

This class series is geared toward those who want to increase their aware­ness of wed­ding flow­ers and work with tricky wed­ding tech­niques. It can be use­ful for casu­al flower arrangers who want to round out their flo­ral skills.

Floral crowns for all by Flower Duet

Any­one can wear a flo­ral crown now! It’s in style, it’s hip and it’s not just for wed­dings! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Self por­trait by Kit Wertz

 Think Pink for your Holiday Decorations!

Pink Metallic Wreath

This mini pink glit­ter wreath is my inspi­ra­tion for a pink hol­i­day! Orna­ment from Michael’s. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

When you are won­der­ing how to mix up your hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion col­ors this year and want to shy away from tra­di­tion­al red and green and metallics, why not go for pink?

Pink Christmas Tree

Pink-themed Christ­mas tree. Orna­ments by Roger’s Gar­dens. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

It’s fun, it’s cool to throw some Design Mas­ter Glit­ter spray on to give it some jazz and there are a pletho­ra of pink flow­ers and pink metal­lic orna­ments to choose from this hol­i­day sea­son. Here are a few ideas for you to use pink in your hol­i­day flo­ral and tree dec­o­rat­ing for 2014.

Pink Sea Horse Ornament

Pink sequined sea horse for a pink hol­i­day! Orna­ment by World Mar­ket. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Pink flow­ers are read­i­ly avail­able this time of year for a pink flo­ral hol­i­day. Here are a few ideas for how to use pink in your hol­i­day designs.

Pink Peonies in December

Pink Peonies are not only around in June. We bought some last week just like these. Flower Duet Flow­ers.

Pink tulips for Christmas

Pink tulips can make a del­i­cate state­ment in a black or sil­ver vase for the hol­i­days. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Pink Poinsettias.

Pink var­ie­gat­ed poin­set­tias are a great option to light­en the mood dur­ing the dark days of win­ter. Pho­to by Flower Duet.

Green lantern ornament.

Pink cher­ry blos­soms are fea­tured on this Japan­ese lantern orna­ment from Roger’s Gar­dens. Per­fect for a florist’s Christ­mas tree. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

pink roses

Pink ros­es would look extra fes­tive with glit­ter spray from Design Mas­ter. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flower Snow­man How-To Craft Ideaflowerduetsnowman_lg We cre­at­ed Do-It-Your­self Flo­ral Snow­man instruc­tions for any crafter from young to old. Chil­dren as young as four, with an assis­tant helper, can eas­i­ly make this arrange­ment and proud­ly dis­play it as a cen­ter­piece. If you live in a place which is snow chal­lenged like we are in Los Ange­les, it would be a per­fect win­ter touch to the hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions this month.

Order one today and let us know if you have any ques­tions or please share your cre­ation with us. We would love to see the snow­man from around the world. It’s an easy PDF down­load from our shop­ping site.

Shop for our FLOWER SNOWMAN INSTRUCTIONS.

2014 Gift Ideas for the Floral Enthusiast

Each year we lust over lus­cious flo­ral gifts for the flower lover. Whether you are a gar­den­er or flo­ral design­er, it’s fun to shop for and receive gifts that are flo­ral relat­ed. From soaps to softy fluffy throws. Here are a few ideas for that spe­cial some­one on your list!

Floral Magazines

flower magazineflower mag­a­zine

Don’t for­get about our favorite mag­a­zines for flower enthu­si­asts like you!

Right now, flower mag­a­zine is run­ning a 2‑for‑1 spe­cial on sub­scrip­tions!

bloomin newsThe Bloomin’ News

Kit writes for our local flo­ral trade mag­a­zine, The Bloomin’ News.

You can get a sub­scrip­tion mailed to your house!

Each issue fea­tures a design arti­cle by Kit and many oth­er fea­tures on our local Los Ange­les Flower Dis­trict!

Flower-Themed Gifts

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Luxury Throw in Floral Design

Lux­u­ry flo­ral throw at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Reindeer Moss Wreath.

Rein­deer Moss Wreath from shopterrain.com

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Hammered copper pots

Ham­mered cop­per pots from shopterrain.com.

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Air Plants Book

Air Plants Book

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Plant the Packaging Flower Soy Candles

Plant the Pack­age Soy Flower Can­dles from uncommongoods.com.

Gift Guide for Flower Lovers: DVD from Flower Duet.

Hand-Tied Bou­quet DVD from flowerduet.com

Flower Books

art-flowersArt Flow­ers: Con­tem­po­rary Flo­ral Designs and Instal­la­tions

The flo­ral designs in this book may be too large for your cof­fee table, but the book will fit nice­ly into your col­lec­tion. Author Olivi­er Dupon has beau­ti­ful­ly com­piled images from 38 world-renowned design­ers and cre­at­ed this amaz­ing look at flo­ral design as true art.  Give this as a gift to any flower enthu­si­ast and you may receive reg­u­lar flo­ral instal­la­tions for your own home.

floral-illustrataFlo­ra Illus­tra­taGreat Works from the Lues­ther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botan­i­cal Gar­den

Beyond the eye-catch­ing botan­i­cal illus­tra­tion of seed pack­ets, which always catch my atten­tion, Flo­ra Illus­tra­ta is an extra­or­di­nary thought­ful­ly edit­ed col­lec­tion of the over 1 mil­lion botan­i­cal and hor­ti­cul­tur­al works found at the above-men­tioned des­ti­na­tion. From the twelfth cen­tu­ry to today a trea­sury of insight to the world of plants and flow­ers and how they have been a stud­ied, need­ed and admired enti­ty to our lives and the gen­er­a­tions who have come before us.

More Gift Ideas

Find more ideas on our Pin­ter­est Board. We cre­ate a gift list each year to give you some more ideas for flower lovers.  Don’t for­get, Flower Duet also offers Gift Cer­tifi­cates!

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Flower Duet Online Floral Design Classes

In-Person Floral Design Classes

Class­es are usu­al­ly in per­son. Here is our 2020 Sched­ule*

*May’s class will be a hybrid where stu­dents will get their flow­ers for class at our curb­side pick­up, watch pre-record­ed videos for the les­son, then meet via Zoom with Kit & Casey.

Saturday Flower Arranging Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:

  • Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — White Botan­i­cals
  • Feb­ru­ary 8, 2020 — Flo­ral Gift Box­es
  • March 21, 2020 — Wav­ing Ranun­cu­lus — Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • April 18, 2020 — Tremen­dous Tulips Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • May 16, 2020 — Pock­et Full of Posies — Will be held through Video Con­fer­ence
  • 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 — Will be held through Video Con­fer­ence
  • June 24, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 23, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 21, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
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