The Flower Resources Issue
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!
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!
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.
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 PhotographyByPaulina.com.
We designed the personal flowers and all of the flowers for the reception which was held at Los Verdes Golf Club.
Our Favorite Online Flower Libraries for Reference
By Kit Wertz
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
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.
- Southern California Flower Market
- Original Los Angeles Flower Market
- Orange County Wholesale Flowers
- Slow Flowers Directory
- Mayesh, Inc.
- Mellano & Company
- Dramm & Echter
- Resendiz Brothers
Floral Supplies: Wholesale, Online & Retail Sources
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.
- San Diego Floral Supply
- Floral Supply Syndicate
- GM Floral Supply
- Michaels & Moskatels
- Save-On Crafts
- Cost Plus World Market
- Pottery Manufacturing & Distribution
Magazines For Flower Inspiration: Trade and Consumer Facing
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.
- Bloomin’ News
- Flower Magazine
- Garden Design
- Florists’ Review
- Flowers &
- Wedding Flowers
- Sunset Magazine
- Better Homes & Gardens
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 Amazon.com 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.