June 2014 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 51

Flower Duet’s Redesigned & Optimized Website

FlowerDuet.com Homepage June 2014

We’ve redesigned our website to be more user-friendly for people on the move with their mobile devices and tablets and hope you enjoy the new content we are adding weekly to our blog housed within our site. Watch for more photo galleries of real weddings and keep subscribing to our newsletter as we’ll continue to bring you the latest trends from the world of floral design.  Have fun exploring our new site! Here are a few links to get you started…

Make a Boutonnière for Grooms, Grads & Dads

Perfect White Rose Bou­ton­nière on Tux June is for grooms, Dads and grads! So, we thought it was time for a primer on how to create a boutonnière. We’ve created tips on how to choose the best flowers for boutonnières, how to make them with step-by-step tips in a video and provide a boutonnière making kit for you to make your own designs.

A boutonnière (French): is a floral decoration usually worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonnière is the French word for buttonhole. While worn frequently in the past, boutonnières are now usually reserved for special occasions for which formal wear is standard, such as at proms, homecomings, funerals, and weddings. (Women who wear jackets on these occasions also often may wear “buttonholes”, but more typically a woman would wear a corsage. Nowadays, a lapel pin is worn more often than flowers on business suits.

Learn how to create a boutonnière

Learn how to choose the best flowers for boutonnières

Where to Go See Flowers: Summer 2014

by Kit Wertz

Flower Carpet Brussels

Flower Carpet in the Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Wikipedia.

Brussels, Belgium Flower Carpet

Every two years, the Grand-Place of Brussels is covered in begonia and chrysanthemum blooms in a traditional Turkish rug pattern that is a fabulous site to see. This year, the flower festival will be held starting August 14, 2014 when workers lay the flowers in one day!

Back in the late 90s, I worked in The Netherlands and spent weekends driving around that beautiful country getting all sorts of flower inspiration and in many parts of northern Belgium, too. I spent one long Saturday afternoon in the Grand-Place drinking Belgian beer & writing postcards and had no idea that this flower festival was held there every two years. Oh, how I wish I’d known! If you are in Europe this summer, try to make it to Belgium for this event. Or, if you aren’t in Belgium in August, go to Brussels, Bruges or Antwerp anyway. They are all worth multiple visits. I loved the people, the food (chocolates), the art, watching lace made by hand and the beautiful well preserved architecture.


August 14, 2014

  • Manufacturing of the flower carpet : 12 to 7 pm
  • Opening night : 10pm

August 15-17, 2014

  • Every day from 9 am till 11 pm
  • Every evening at 10.00 pm, 10.30 pm and 11.00 pm: sound and light.


VisitBrussels asbl/vzw
Hôtel de Ville / Stadhuis – Grand-Place / Grote Markt
1000 Brussels
T : +32 (0)2 513 89 40

Rose Story Farm Tours

Rose Bouquet

Rose Story Farm Photo Credit

Rose Story Farm Garden Tours are ‘hands-on’ guided tours. Touch and smell the roses and ask questions of the growers. These intimate and informative walking tours run approximately 1 hour, and are followed by a catered gourmet picnic lunch in one of the garden areas, complete with sandwiches, Caesar salad, fresh fruit, Rose Story Farm dessert, rose petal infused ice tea and lemonade.

Tour Dates: Rose Garden Tours are offered June through November Wednesdays at 11:30am, Saturdays at 11:00am $38.00 per person.

Address: 5950 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, California 93013

Phone: 805-566-4885

Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House – June 21, 2014

Monterey BAy Growers Open House Tours 2014Visit the beautiful blooms of the Monterey Bay!  Ever wonder what beauty lies behind the glass in a greenhouse?  Now’s your chance during the 5th Annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House on June 21st!  There will be an array of flowers, herbs, and plants to see ranging from orchids and roses to gerberas, succulents, edible herbs and more while touring these Monterey Bay farms.  Enjoy these guided tours with the growers themselves as you learn about growing CA GROWN flowers, herbs, and plants for commercial purposes.  Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing as many of these tours will involve walking through greenhouses or growing areas and vary in temperatures.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Tour Date: June 21, 2014

Address of Tour Information: PO Box 90225, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0225

Call  or Email for Map Information: 831-274-4008 tours@montereybayfarmtours.org

Flower Duet Tours of the Los Angeles Floral District

Los Angeles Flower Mart

Los Angeles Flower Mart

Flower Duet offers guided group tours of the Los Angeles floral district on Wall Street. Tours are about two hours long and take you through the two large warehouses of the flower market where you’ll learn how to choose fresh flowers, and where to purchase floral supplies like tape, vases, ribbon and wire. Cost is $20 per person.


The following Sat­ur­days 7–9 a.m.:

July 19, 2014
Octo­ber 25, 2014
Novem­ber 22, 2014
Decem­ber 6, 2014

NOTE: All tours will be fol­lowed up with an OPTIONAL work­shop for an addi­tional fee at our expan­sive design stu­dio in Tor­rance.

Reserve: Call 310-7924968 or reserve online.

Recent Flower Duet Weddings & Events

Closeup of a centerpiece which featured succulents, salal, dusty miller, spider mum, two kinds of hydrangea, roses, wax flower, scabiosa pods and goditia. Flowers by Flower Duet.Flower Duet was very busy in May with lots of fun events including weddings, classes, lectures and other special events. We hope you are inspired by the photos from our flower activities in May to make some of your own floral designs.


Banning Museum Celebration of Roses – May 3, 2014

Kit was asked to rep­re­sent Flower Duet as a guest lec­turer at The Ban­ning Museum for its Cel­e­bra­tion of Roses Day on May 3, 2014.  The Rose Soci­ety dis­played their home grown roses and there was a lec­ture on grow­ing gar­den roses in addi­tion to my lec­ture on how to arrange with roses. Celebration of Roses appearance.


Victorian sugared rose petals at The Banning Museum’s Celebration of Roses Day on May 3rd, 2014. Kit Wertz was the guest lecturer and took this photo!

Terranea Be a Wedding Hero Co-Sponsored by Flower Duet – May 13, 2014

Flower Duet co-hosted a wedding industry event at Terranea Resort. We had a grand time at our #beaweddinghero brunch and training sessions for wedding & event planners and wedding vendors. Here is one photo of Casey teaching a group how to create an emergency boutonniere for when an usher or groomsman needs a replacement on-the-fly. Special thanks to our wonderful Terranea Resort vendor group with whom we love sharing ideas each month.

See more photos and details at our site #beaweddinghero.

Be a Wedding Hero

Be a Wedding Hero. Flower by Flower Duet. Linens by Mod Mix Studio. Signage by Paper Crew. Photo by Kit Wertz.

SMOG Shoppe Wedding

The SMOG Shoppe is not a place to get  your car checked out for clean air compliance, but a hip and trendy event venue in Culver City where weddings take place in front of a living succulent wall.  We created succulent inspired centerpieces and bouquets for this lovely wedding in May. Enjoy the photos from this wonderful wedding at The SMOG Shoppe.

Succulent organic bridal bouquet by FlowerDuet.com for a SMOG Shoppe bride.

Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet for a lovely bride getting married at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City. Bouquet features succulents, hydrangea, sea holly, spider mum, misty blue, astilbe, veronica, brunia, vendela roses and wax flower.

Purple & Green Wedding at South Coast Botanic Garden

We create flowers for a lot of weddings at our local South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. This intimate wedding theme was purple and green and it looked so vibrant when we set up around 1 p.m. for a late afternoon celebration. Here are our purple garden wedding pictures of the event before it happened.


Flower Duet’s purple and white floral spray for the lower meadow gazebo for a May wedding at The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. Flowers included lavender spider mums, white china mums, misty blue, dark purple spray carnations, light purple spray carnations, Vendela roses and purple stock. Photo by Kit Wertz.

Flower Book Review: The Plant Recipe Book

Plant Recipe BookA follow-up to the Flower Recipe Book, Gaylor Chapman’s The Plant Recipe Book is the next great thing in interior plant design, providing simple steps showing anyone how to create stunning living plant decor.

Each one of the 100 “recipes” specifies the type and quantity of plants needed; clearly numbered instructions detail each step; and 400 photographs show how to place every stem. Traditional pots and plant containers are used, but so are less conventional vehicles and methods, like shutters and planting under glass.

A basic how-to chapter provides planting techniques, a tools and materials list, sourcing and plant care information, and expert advice.

Purchase at your local bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Flower Tool: Flower Duet’s Boutonniere Kit

flowerduet-boutonniere-kit-frontFlower Duet’s Boutonnière Kit has what you need to create your own fresh flower buttonholes. You just need to add your own flowers.

We give you:

– Floral Tape

– Floral Pins

– Felted Wool Pincushion (keeps pins sharp)

– 24-guage floral wire

All of this in a resealable heavy duty plastic bag which is essential for keeping floral tape “fresh” as it can dry out easily. Perfect for wedding planners, wedding photographers, wedding filmmakers and anyone who might need to repair or make a boutonnière on-the-fly.

In addition to our kit, we have a link to our site which shows you a free video on how to wire flowers, a video on how to wire succulents and tips on how to choose the best flowers for boutonnières.

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Learn how to cre­ate a bou­ton­nière

Learn how to choose the best flow­ers for bou­ton­nières


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