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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.

2019 Floral Trends: Color, Florals, Design

Flowers For the 2019 Color of the Year

Pan­tone picked Liv­ing Coral for its 2019 Col­or of the Year back in Decem­ber. We will see a lot of this col­or for wed­dings, cel­e­bra­tions and oth­er events.

From Pan­tone:

Vibrant, yet mel­low PANTONE 16–1546 Liv­ing Coral embraces us with warmth and nour­ish­ment to pro­vide com­fort and buoy­an­cy in our con­tin­u­al­ly shift­ing envi­ron­ment.

In reac­tion to the onslaught of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy and social media increas­ing­ly embed­ding into dai­ly life, we are seek­ing authen­tic and immer­sive expe­ri­ences that enable con­nec­tion and inti­ma­cy. Socia­ble and spir­it­ed, the engag­ing nature of PANTONE 16–1546 Liv­ing Coral wel­comes and encour­ages light­heart­ed activ­i­ty. Sym­bol­iz­ing our innate need for opti­mism and joy­ful pur­suits, PANTONE 16–1546 Liv­ing Coral embod­ies our desire for play­ful expres­sion.

Rep­re­sent­ing the fusion of mod­ern life, PANTONE Liv­ing Coral is a nur­tur­ing col­or that appears in our nat­ur­al sur­round­ings and at the same time, dis­plays a live­ly pres­ence with­in social media.” 

2019 Color of the Year Wedding Flowers by Flower Duet

Coral is already the IT col­or for 2019. Declared “col­or of the year” by Pan­tone in Decem­ber, prod­ucts are show­ing up through­out the stores from pil­lows to nail pol­ish.

Fresh Floral Jewelry

Florists Review

Fresh flo­ral jew­el­ry fea­tured in the Jan­u­ary 2019 Issue of Florists Review Mag­a­zine.

In the Jan­u­ary issue of Florists Review mag­a­zine, many influ­en­tial flo­ral design­ers fea­tured flo­ral work con­sist­ing of neck­laces, bracelets, and rings all dec­o­rat­ed with fresh flow­ers and suc­cu­lents. It inspired our free flo­ral class this month to show you how to cre­ate your own lux­u­ri­ous flo­ral wear­ables and be part of the trend pop­u­lar­ized by artists Fran­coise Weeks and Sue McLeary.

Add this skill to your reper­toire so you’ll be ready for wed­ding and prom sea­son to offer some­thing right off the run­way!

This Month’s Free Online Floral Design Class: Fresh Floral Cuff

Each month, we fea­ture one of our mini-cours­es that is part of our larg­er Flower Arrang­ing Fri­days For­ev­er sub­scrip­tion. For Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary, we offer a way for you to learn how to make flo­ral jew­el­ry like this bracelet. Every course takes you step-by-step so you nev­er get lost.

- 5 short videos where Kit takes you step-by-step so you nev­er get lost!

- A design you can adapt to any type of flat flo­ral bloom.

- Sup­plies list tip sheet that you can down­load and print out.

After this class, you can make jew­el­ry like the kind you see in the mag­a­zine!

Flower Duet Flower Jewelry

It’s time for anoth­er free Online class with Flower Duet! This month we fea­ture flo­ral jew­el­ry mak­ing!

Enroll for FREE

Floral Work by Flower Duet

Casey and Kit had a won­der­ful and busy 2018 and are always delight­ed when we see our work high­light­ed by our ven­dor part­ners and clients. Here are a few recent uploads by wed­ding plan­ners and clients of our work from 2018.

From Insta­gram:

From one of our Brides:

My wed­ding on Decem­ber 8th went very well and every­one loved the flow­ers! You guys did a great job and we appre­ci­at­ed it. I am shar­ing a few pho­tos from the pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er in case you want any of them :). Thanks again and hope you have a hap­py new year!” — Rikkie

Flower Book Recommendation: Flowers For Lisa by Abelardo Morell 

Flowers For Lisa Book Cover

In Novem­ber of 2018, The New York Times fea­tured Amer­i­can Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Abelar­do Morell. It detailed his work inspi­ra­tion and process that became our book rec­om­men­da­tion this month, Flow­ers For Lisa: A Delir­i­um of Pho­to­graph­ic Inven­tion.

From Ama­zon: “Best known for his sur­re­al cam­era obscu­ra pic­tures and lumi­nous black-and-white pho­tographs of books, pho­tog­ra­ph­er Abelar­do Morell now turns his trans­for­ma­tive lens to one of the most com­mon of artis­tic sub­jects, the flower. The con­cept for Flow­ers for Lisa emerged when Morell gave his wife, Lisa, a pho­to­graph of flow­ers on her birth­day. “Flow­ers are part of a long tra­di­tion of still life in art,” writes Morell. “Pre­cise­ly because flow­ers are such a con­ven­tion­al sub­ject, I felt a strong desire to describe them in new, inven­tive ways.” With nods to the work of Jan Brueghel, Édouard Manet, Geor­gia O’Keeffe, René Magritte, and oth­ers, Morell does just that; the images are as inno­v­a­tive as they are arrest­ing.”

This is more of a cof­fee table or gift book and I am sor­ry not to have fea­tured it before the hol­i­days, but per­haps it would be a nice present for Moth­er’s Day or a bud­ding artist in your life?

These pho­tos are won­der­ful­ly inven­tive and it real­ly sparks our minds that the life of a flo­ral arrange­ment is not fin­ished once it’s in the vase. It’s what hap­pens after you make the flower arrange­ment that the mag­ic arrives. When you bring an arranged bou­quet of flow­ers to a friend or place it on a table at an event, it becomes part of a larg­er pur­pose.

So does each flower that is fea­tured in this book.

Avail­able at local book­sellers and online at

Flower Tool: VaselineVaseline

Why it’s impor­tant?

This is handy to have for any type of glue you will need to reuse in the future.

What do you use it for?

You will spread a tiny amount on the threads of the glue con­tain­er before replac­ing the top. See this mon­th’s class on “Flo­ral Jew­el­ry” to see how Kit applies it to her tube of Oasis Flo­ral Adhe­sive.

How does it work?

The oil from the Vase­line will work to pre­vent the threads of the top of the glue tube from stick­ing when you open it again!

Is there a sub­sti­tute that might work in a pinch if I don’t have that?

You could use a dif­fer­ent type of wax or oil. Beeswax or Shea But­ter might work, too.

Where can I pur­chase it?

Any store that car­ries gro­ceries or a phar­ma­cy or online.

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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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