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Based near the Beach in the South Bay of LA, Kit & Casey take you on a jour­ney each month to our events we cre­ate and share with you the hottest trends in flo­ral design.

As sought-after flo­ral design instruc­tors, you’ll learn the lat­est tips and tricks of the trade.

Happy Valentine’s Day with Anemones

Purple Anemones Valentine's Day design Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Pur­ple anemones are the star of this design we taught at The Hunt­ing­ton Library on Jan­u­ary 28, 2017. Nes­tled in a bed of six dif­fer­ent types of green­ery from leather fern to New Zealand Pit­tospo­rum, we also accent­ed with pur­ple tulips, asters, wax flower, gen­es­tra and lark­spur. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Anemones are won­der­ful flow­ers with a dark blue face that just says “Hel­lo!” when you look at them. We’ve been adding them a lot to our recent designs as there are many col­ors avail­able right now from Cal­i­for­nia and over­seas. Instead of cre­at­ing a clas­sic dozen ros­es design for Valen­tine’s Day, con­sid­er using some local­ly sourced flow­ers like green­house tulips from Cal­i­for­nia and also local­ly grown won­der­ful anemones!

White Anemone floral design by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz

White Pan­da anemones grace this white design from our Jan­u­ary Win­ter White design class we held at our flo­ral design stu­dio in Tor­rance. This also fea­tures hydrangea, ranun­cu­lus, lisianthus, dusty miller, euca­lyp­tus, sea hol­ly and a bur­gundy astran­tia to add some dra­ma. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

What’s not to love about this per­fect pur­ple anemone?

Wedding Flower All-Day Workshop — March 21, 2017

On Tues­day, March 21, 2017, we will hold our first all-day work­shop con­cen­trat­ing on wed­ding flo­ral design. Each stu­dent will cre­ate a hand-tied bou­quet, cen­ter­piece and per­son­al flow­ers includ­ing cor­sage and bou­ton­niere. All stu­dents will be treat­ed to break­fast and lunch and have their work pho­tographed by a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er on site.

In addi­tion to the hands-on work, we offer an exclu­sive look into gar­lands and flo­ral sprays and how to over­come the chal­lenges of hang­ing these types of com­mon wed­ding dec­o­ra­tions on a vari­ety of Chup­pahs, arch­es, per­go­las and gazebos.

What’s Included:

All-day design work­shop com­bines all our wed­ding flo­ral design class­es into one day + bonus arch and gar­land application!

Host­ed in our spa­cious flo­ral and pho­to design stu­dio in the South Bay of Los Ange­les, California.

Dig­i­tal pro­fes­sion­al pho­tos of your work with a bride mod­el hold­ing your bou­quet flowers.

We plan to run the sem­i­nar twice: March 21, 2017 and Octo­ber 4, 2017.

All-day flo­ral design work­shop begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.

Includes pas­try break­fast, catered lunch & all flow­ers, vas­es and tools.

Class size lim­it­ed to 12 students.

Cost is $625 per student.

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What You’ll Learn

Work with American Grown Flowers, Garden Roses, Orchids, Succulents and more!

All Day Wedding Flower Design Workshop from Flower Duet

Learn more at our Wed­ding Work­shop page

Our all-day work­shop offers each stu­dent a chance to make a bou­quet, cen­ter­piece, cor­sage, bou­ton­niere and learn how to work with gar­lands and sprays on dif­fi­cult to hang arch­es and per­go­las. Even if you are not inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing wed­ding flow­ers, this work­shop will be a bonus for any­one who wants to learn some tricks and tech­niques for work­ing with fresh pre­mi­um flow­ers like gar­den ros­es, peonies, anemones, tulips, hydrangea, pro­tea and more. We will be work­ing with over 50 dif­fer­ent types of flow­ers and green­ery for this workshop.

The Special Event in Long Beach

Haute Doki­ma­zo” at The Spe­cial Event 2017 in Long Beach from RQ Plan­ning of Mex­i­co City and San Francisco.

Joe Mineo called on Flower Duet for some assis­tance for the Spe­ical Event in Long Beach. We pro­vid­ed a short-term ware­house for all the items he used in his hour and a half demon­stra­tion at The Spe­cial Event in Long Beach on Jan­u­ary 10, 2017.

Joe Mineo gives his demon­stra­tion work­shop at The Spe­cial Event in Long Beach in 2017. Casey helped with hous­ing and trans­port­ing all the sup­plies to the event and then was able to place a few flow­ers for one of the tables.

Graph­i­cal cir­cles cre­at­ed a dra­mat­ic back­drop for part of Joe Mineo’s demon­stra­tion. These were flex­i­ble fly­ing discs that were con­nect­ed to cre­ate this cur­tain effect.

Anoth­er cool Joe Mineo design from TSE fea­tur­ing torch ginger.

Part of Joe Mineo’s demon­stra­tion at TSE in Long Beach in Jan­u­ary 2017. Casey helped place some flow­ers on this dis­play for the demo.

Joe Mineo Designs at TSE in Long Beach.

The Spe­cial Event is tout­ed as the industry’s largest tradeshow and con­fer­ence for event pro­fes­sion­als. It boasts access to con­nect with over 5,000 event col­leagues, exhibitors, and men­tors. We espe­cial­ly liked the booth dis­plays by Blue­print Stu­dios.

"Industrial Hawaiian" by MC&A Hawaii booth at The Special Event

One of the many won­der­ful dis­plays at The Spe­cial Event. This one was called “Indus­tri­al Hawai­ian” by MC&A Hawaii. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

There were over 100 edu­ca­tion ses­sions and options to browse through thou­sands of prod­ucts on the exhib­it hall floor.

Cool Draping Ideas

Neato drap­ing ideas from The Spe­cial Event. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flower Duet attend­ed the show and toured the entire exhi­bi­tion space to see fab­u­lous ven­dors includ­ing some of our favorite local flower ven­dors and saw unique expe­ri­ence offer­ings like the jel­ly­fish jam­mers from Bil­lion Jel­ly Bloom.

You may be ask­ing, “Why attend a show like this if you are a florist?” It’s a great way to get ideas on what is trend­ing. You can con­nect with fan­tas­tic ven­dors of prod­ucts you love like we did with the Design Mas­ter rep and it’s lots of fun to eat hot fresh donuts from great booths like the one by the Rebel City Dough­nut Com­pa­ny.

Flower Duet and our free­lance design­ers at The Spe­cial Event.

Los Angeles Bridal Show with The City Club

Flower Duet teamed up with the fan­tas­tic event venue space, The City Club, to cre­ate a mag­i­cal table top dis­play for their booth at the most recent Bridal Show at the LA Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. We used a com­bi­na­tion of stan­dard ros­es, spray ros­es, white and pink gen­es­tra, and anemones.

Bridal show pink flowers. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.

Assort­ed pink flow­ers in a col­lec­tion of mat­te grey vas­es made for a stun­ning dis­play for The City Club’s bridal show expo booth last month. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Photos from a Tropical Inspired Wedding

We love all types of flow­ers but have an espe­cial­ly fun time when a client wants to work with trop­i­cal flow­ers and green­ery because of the cool shapes and deep green shades of exot­ic flo­ra. We teamed up with Hol­ly Gray events to pro­duce the flower designs for a cou­ple who was mar­ried at The Neigh­bor­hood Church in Pasade­na and held their recep­tion at The Noor in Pasade­na. Here are a few inspired shots that show how to have a trop­i­cal wed­ding with some tra­di­tion­al touch­es. All pho­tos by The Hold­ing Com­pa­ny. All flow­ers by Flower Duet.

All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

Tropical wedding bouquet. All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

Tropical Centerpiece. All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

Tropical tall Centerpiece. All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

A taste of tropical and traditional for the cake. All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

Tropical Sweetheart table. All photos by The Holding Company. All flowers by Flower Duet.

Harvest — Book by the Homestead Design Collective

When we attend­ed the Field to Vase din­ner in Sono­ma in Octo­ber at the Sun­set Test Gar­dens, we met the women behind the Home­stead Design Col­lec­tive. These two tal­ent­ed women have just pub­lished a book called Har­vest: Unex­pect­ed Projects Using 47 Extra­or­di­nary Gar­den Plants.

This book will be avail­able on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2017.

From Amazon.com:

A beau­ti­ful­ly pho­tographed, gift-wor­thy guide to grow­ing, har­vest­ing, and uti­liz­ing 47 unex­pect­ed gar­den plants to make organ­ic pantry sta­ples, fra­grances, flo­ral arrange­ments, bev­er­ages, cock­tails, beau­ty prod­ucts, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden–not just veg­etable plots–can pro­duce a boun­ti­ful har­vest! This prac­ti­cal, inspi­ra­tional, and sea­son­al guide will help make any gar­den more pro­duc­tive and enjoy­able with a vari­ety of projects using unex­pect­ed and often com­mon gar­den plants, some of which may already be grow­ing in your backyard.

Dis­cov­er the sur­pris­ing use­ful­ness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumer­ic root into a nat­ur­al dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hys­sop into a refresh­ing iced tea and turn apri­cots into a facial mask. Crabap­ple branch­es can be used to cre­ate stun­ning flo­ral arrange­ments, oregano flow­ers to infuse vine­gar, and edi­ble chrysan­the­mum to liv­en up a sal­ad. With the remark­able, mul­ti-pur­pose plants in Har­vest, there is always some­thing for gar­den­ers to har­vest from one grow­ing sea­son to the next.”

Authors Alethea Haram­po­lis (left) and Ste­fani Bit­tner (right) of the Home­stead Gar­den Collective.

Flower Duet Featured in Modern Luxury Weddings Magazine and More

We’ve been for­tu­nate to have our flo­ral design work fea­tured in a vari­ety of mag­a­zines and wed­ding blogs. Dis­cov­er Los Ange­les did a fea­ture on our flo­ral design class­es in Los Angeles.

Mod­ern Lux­u­ry Wed­dings mag­a­zine fea­tures a won­der­ful six-page spread on set­ting the table for a mod­ern fete. You can see more about our lat­est press cov­er­age on our Press page.

Thanks for read­ing & Hap­py Flower Arrang­ing to you!

 — Best, Kit & Casey

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Flower Duet Online Floral Design Classes

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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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