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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.

July Floral News

The Flower Resources Issue


Hap­py Red, White and Blue! Blue Del­phini­um look great with Nigel­la and Glad­i­o­lus! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

This month, Casey and I will share our favorite flower resources. In this newslet­ter, we list:

  • Online flower libraries we ref­er­ence
  • Favorite flower sup­pli­ers
  • Whole­sale flo­ral sup­pli­ers
  • Flo­ral design books
  • Flo­ral mag­a­zines

So read on to see all our favorite places to research, shop and gain new insights into our flo­ral indus­try.

Happy July 4th Flowers!


Blue and white Hydrangeas work well with creamy Vendela ros­es and red Free­dom ros­es with umbrel­la ferns shoot­ing out like fire­works! Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!

We had a busy June full of brides and grooms and look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the 4th of July with our fam­i­lies. We wish you all a hap­py Inde­pen­dence Day! Need more inspi­ra­tion for Red, White and Blue Flow­ers? Head over to #Amer­i­can­Flow­er­sWeek to see a lot of won­der­ful ideas to dec­o­rate your fourth!

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Our arrange­ment for the 50 States of Amer­i­can Flow­ers for #Amer­i­can­Flow­er­sWeek — June 28 — July 4, 2016. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Summer Yellow Flower Inspiration

We cre­at­ed some love­ly flo­rals for a pri­vate din­ner at The Ter­ranea Resort in June. Here are a few arrange­ments from that evening. Mut­ed yel­lows were paired with light pinks and vibrant greens to cre­ate a mod­ern gar­den look for the Catali­na Ter­race and Lanai. The accent col­or was Turquoise which took its cues from the Pacif­ic Ocean hori­zon view.


Yel­low gar­den ros­es work with mock orange blos­soms, figs, blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, spray ros­es, gre­vil­lea, calla lilies, hyper­icum berries, rose­mary and Limo­ni­um. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Blushing Bride Protea and white hypericum berries add a textural complement to fluffy yellow garden roses and mock orange blossoms. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Blush­ing Bride Pro­tea and white hyper­icum berries add a tex­tur­al com­ple­ment to fluffy yel­low gar­den ros­es and mock orange blos­soms. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


We cus­tom dec­o­rat­ed these Ital­ian ter­ra­cot­ta pots with gold paint and dis­tressed them to make to look like gold leaf. Rasp­ber­ry branch­es add to the “farm-to-table” look for the evening. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Bridal Bouquet from a Recent Wedding

Here are a two snap­shots of a love­ly wed­ding at Way­far­er’s Chapel in Ran­cho Palos Verdes, Cal­i­for­nia tak­en by

We designed the per­son­al flow­ers and all of the flow­ers for the recep­tion which was held at Los Verdes Golf Club.

White garden bridal bouquet by Flower Duet.

Pho­to Cred­it: Bridal Bou­quet by Flower Duet.

White hydrangea garden bridal bouquet.

White hydrangea makes up the focal flower for this bou­quet along with medal­lion euca­lyp­tus. Pho­to Cred­it: Bridal Bou­quet by Flower Duet.

Our Favorite Online Flower Libraries for Reference

By Kit Wertz

Blushing Bride Protea

Blush­ing Bride Pro­tea is a unique look­ing flower that is read­i­ly avail­able in mid sum­mer here in Los Ange­les. Some­times it is more white than pink; how­ev­er, in this pho­to it’s very pink.

Last week, I taught three dif­fer­ent flower work­shops and answered many ques­tions about where we research dif­fer­ent types of flow­ers, where we pur­chase the flow­ers and how to find the right vas­es or con­tain­ers for the vari­ety of flo­ral events we pro­duce. As I start­ed to list them, I real­ized that this would be a good list for every­one on our newslet­ter to have and so, here they are.

While you may not live near Los Ange­les, many of the flower lists here will help you find a new flower to look for in your local mar­ket. When we start­ed our busi­ness in 1999, there were many vari­eties of ros­es and seed­pods rarely seen at our local marts, but now, many grow­ers in our own back­yard are pro­duc­ing a wide vari­ety of won­der­ful flo­ral prod­ucts.

Sier­ra Flower Find­er — This is a won­der­ful all around resource to find flow­ers by name, col­or, sea­son­al avail­abil­i­ty and vari­ety.

Cal­i­for­nia Cut Flower Com­mis­sion  — Find flow­ers and green­ery grown in Cal­i­for­nia for the eco-con­scious choice.

Mayesh Flower Library - One of our local go to whole­sale ven­dors with dis­tri­b­u­tion cool­ers around the coun­try offers a very com­pre­hen­sive library of Amer­i­can grown flow­ers and import­ed flow­ers. This web­site also has a great library of how-to videos.

Sun Val­ley Group - Sun Val­ley is a large grow­er in Cal­i­for­nia. Many grow­ers offer a great library of the flow­ers and greens they pro­duce which is a won­der­ful ref­er­ence, too.

Resendiz Broth­ers — A large Pro­tea grow­er in San Diego coun­ty, their web­site offers a won­der­ful pho­to library of the huge options for Pro­tea, Leu­ca­den­dron and more! They grow over 33 types of Pin­cush­ion Pro­tea and the web­site shows when each type is in sea­son.

Florabun­dance — This is a large flower whole­saler in Car­pen­te­ria with a won­der­ful flo­ral library that we use a lot to see what is in sea­son and avail­able.

Wholesale Flower Suppliers

Gerber Daisies at the LA Flower Mart

Los Ange­les Flo­ral Dis­trict Tours by Flower Duet.

There are so many places to buy whole­sale flow­ers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Here are many of the ven­dors we fre­quent. Some only sell to resellers but the Los Ange­les Flower Dis­trict is open to the pub­lic. We offer tours of the marts on Sat­ur­days. See our Tours page for more infor­ma­tion on our next tour.

Floral Supplies: Wholesale, Online & Retail Sources


Gold “Elsa” Vas­es from Save On Crafts

There are many places you can find a great vase or con­tain­er includ­ing The Dol­lar Tree, thrift stores and flea mar­kets. But, if you need a lot of one type of con­tain­er, it’s best to head to a whole­sale flo­ral sup­pli­er where you’ll be sure to find just what you desire.

Here are our local favorites, plus some online retail­ers we use and some retail chains that have sim­ple and afford­able chic con­tain­er designs.

NOTE: When you need flo­ral tools like shears, flo­ral tape and spray paint for flow­ers — stick to the whole­sale flo­ral sup­pli­ers. They are your best resource for spe­cial­ty sup­plies for florists.

Magazines For Flower Inspiration: Trade and Consumer Facing

July 2016 Bloomin News

Kit wrote the first per­son cov­er sto­ry for this mon­th’s Bloomin’ News mag­a­zine — the trade pub­li­ca­tion for The Orig­i­nal Los Ange­les Flower Dis­trict.

For month­ly inspi­ra­tion, sub­scribe to a mag­a­zine! Whether you are an enthu­si­as­tic flo­ral arranger, pro­fes­sion­al florist or just like to look at flow­ers along with a few good recipes, there is a mag­a­zine for you! Here are the ones we read and con­tribute con­tent to on occa­sion.

Floral Design Books Through the Years

In the past 70+ newslet­ters, we’ve offered reviews and rec­om­men­da­tions on a vari­ety of books relat­ed to flo­ral design. Here is a com­pre­hen­sive guide via of almost every one of these books we’ve reviewed in our newslet­ters.

We often find flower books at book sales for $1-$4, but also pur­chase brand new books with an author’s sig­na­ture! So, sup­port your florist or flower nov­el­ist and buy a flower book for the sum­mer!
Here is a link to a “book store” where we show­case all the books fea­tured in our newslet­ters over the years.

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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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