February 2017 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 83

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.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

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