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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.

June 2014 Floral News

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…

Wed­dings

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Flo­ral Trends

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About Kit & Casey

Flower Arrang­ing Class­es

LA Flower Mart Tours

Make a Boutonnière for Grooms, Grads & Dads

Perfect White Rose Bou­ton­nière on TuxJune 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.

Dates/Times:

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.

Con­tact:

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

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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

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.

When:

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

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 home­grown 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.

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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. The 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.

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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.

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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-gauge 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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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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