June 2018 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Issue 98

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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 tooltips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and beyond. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients are search­ing for in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet, have been 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 2018 News

Slow Flowers SUMMIT — June 29th, 2018!

Coincides with American Flower Week!American Flowers Week June 28 - July 4 2018

This month in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on June 29th, 2018 Flower Duet will join fab­u­lous flo­ral design­ers and farm­ers to edu­cate, inspire and help con­nect each oth­er through the love of local­ly grown flow­ers!

One way you can par­tic­i­pate in Amer­i­can Flow­ers Week is to attend The Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit in D. C. with us! But if you can­not attend, here are 9 ways you can cel­e­brate flow­ers grown in your own back­yard


For our por­tion of the day’s events, we will cov­er how we expand­ed our busi­ness from a small bou­tique oper­a­tion to a full-ser­vice wed­ding and event design stu­dio which offers in-per­son flo­ral work­shops and online flower class­es, too! We will offer our five ways to expand your flo­ral busi­ness and how we approach teach­ing stu­dents whether they are begin­ners or advanced flo­ral design­ers.

Time is short! Buy your tick­ets today!

We are very excit­ed about our appear­ance and pre­sen­ta­tion at The 2nd Annu­al Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit on June 29, 2018, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — our old stomp­ing grounds.

Casey and Kit will be talk­ing about our diver­si­fied busi­ness mod­el. We’ll edu­cate flo­ral design­ers and florists on how to expand their busi­ness to include edu­ca­tion.

There is a fan­tas­tic line­up of speak­ers for this event including a keynote by Christi­na Stem­bel of Far­m­girl Flow­ers and a pan­el with our fel­low LA flower guru,  Mud Baron and Mary­land urban flower farmer, Walk­er Marsh of Tha Flower Fac­to­ry.  Oth­er fea­tured speak­ers will be Mary Kate Kin­nae of The Local Bou­quet, Kel­ly Shore of Petals by the Shore Jonathan Weber of greensin­ner and our host­ess with the mostest, founder of the Slow Flow­ers Sum­mit and Slow Flow­ers move­ment, Debra Prinz­ing, of SLOW Flow­ers.

Join us for Amer­i­can Flow­ers Week in our Nation’s Cap­i­tal! Casey and I grew up there. We know where to go and what to see. Reach out and ask our advice and we hope to see you there!!


5th Annual Event by the WEHEROES at Terranea Resort

May 8, 2018 Featured “How to Be & Stay #onthelist!”

All Pho­tos by Miki & Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy

We love being part of this fan­tas­tic group of ven­dors who meets once a month to dis­cuss how to grow our busi­ness­es and be the best we can be in our indus­try. So hap­py to share what we learn togeth­er to ven­dor peers in our 5th annu­al spring edu­ca­tion­al event at Ter­ranea Resort. Here’s a high­light of this year’s brunch and pre­sen­ta­tion we held on May 8, 2018 at the award-win­ning and won­der­ful sea­side venue.

Video from #OnThe­List by Bof­fo Video on Vimeo.

We have a won­der­ful team of mem­bers in our Wed­ding and Event Hero group. And this year, we all worked togeth­er to cre­ate anoth­er infor­ma­tion-filled pre­sen­ta­tion for our ven­dor peers. Here is our team:

Jen­nifer Messer­li – Ter­ranea Resort

Meg Walk­er – Made by Meg

KC Camp­bell – Vox DJs

Jack­ie Han­son – Design Vis­age

Miki & Son­ja Rakice­vic – Miki & Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy

Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz – Flower Duet

Lisa Oler – Smile Lounge Pho­to Booth

Alis­tair Tober – The VIPs Enter­tain­ment Inc.

Amy and Jere­my Berman – Vanil­la Bake Shop

Lau­ra Clausen – Dish Wish

Court­ney Lipthay – Cecile’s Paper Com­pa­ny

Stel­la & Paul San­ti­a­go – Bof­fo Video

This year’s event also fea­tured beau­ti­ful donat­ed linens from Wild­flower Linen and La Tavola Fine Linen.

Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet

Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet at the #onthe­list event at Ter­ranea Resort on May 8, 2018.

Swag Bag for #onthelist

Each invit­ed guest received a bag of help­ful swag from the Wed­ding and Event Heroes group!

Raffle for #onthelist

Guests were encour­aged to write down what they sought to get ven­dors on their own lists for a chance to win a stay at Ter­ranea or this fab­u­lous place set­ting from Dish Wish.

Chambray flowers

Here is one of our cock­tail designs fea­tur­ing flow­ers in the on-trend col­or theme of Cham­bray and Ter­ra­cot­ta! Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

One Hope wines sponsored the cocktail for the event.

One Hope wines spon­sored the cock­tail for the event.

Rishi Teas was on hand wowing guests with color fun!

Rishi Teas was on hand wow­ing guests with col­or fun!

#onthelist Flowers

Here is one of the many flo­ral designs on the tables for the event by Flower Duet.

Terranea brunch

Ter­ranea cater­ing pro­vid­ed a scrump­tious brunch includ­ing this fab­u­lous French Toast.

Flat Lay demos at #onthelist

Guests were hands-on for a “Flat Lay” flo­ral demon­stra­tion dur­ing the social hour with Cecile’s Paper Com­pa­ny, Court­ney Lipthay.

#onthelist entertainement by VIPs

VIPs Enter­tain­ment pro­vid­ed a won­der­ful live trio for the brunch hour at Ter­rranea for our #onthe­list event.

Brunch networking at Terranea

Guests min­gled, net­worked and brunched before the pre­sen­ta­tion on the Palos Verdes Ball­room Ter­race at Ter­ranea.

Fabulous brunch parfaits by Terranea.

These par­faits tast­ed even bet­ter than they looked. Amaz­ing brunch items by Ter­ranea.

Wine at #onthelist

Guests enjoyed the sun­shine, wine and com­pa­ny dur­ing the brunch hour for #onthe­list.

Flower Duet Terracotta Flowers

Flower Duet added two types of peachy ros­es to com­ple­ment the Ter­ra­cot­ta roof and patio of the Palos Verdes Ball­room Ter­race.

Terranea olive bar

The morn­ing brunch fea­tured an olive and cheese selec­tion along with fresh fruit.

Flay Lay

Guests learned the ins and outs of “Flat Lay” design with Cecile’s Paper Com­pa­ny and Flower Duet’s flow­ers. Here is a sam­ple.

Flower Duet presents at #onthelist

Kit Wertz (left) and Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about how to “Get on the list” of a lux­u­ry venue with the Guests using humor­ous anec­dotes to help guests remem­ber key tips.

#onthelist presentation

Guests lis­ten to one of the #onthe­list pre­sen­ters, Meg Walk­er, own­er of Made by Meg Cater­ing.

Emergency Swag!

Each guest received swag items includ­ing Emer­gency Bou­ton­niere Pins from Flower Duet!

California Wedding Day #Bestof2018 Awards Gala at Vibiana

Arti­cle and Pho­tos by Kit Wertz

Here are some pho­tos and high­lights of our sec­tion for which we designed flow­ers of the Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day Best of 2018 gala held at down­town Los Angeles’s his­toric Vib­iana.

That event “cel­e­brat­ed the Gold­en State’s chic and eclec­tic style, from San Diego to Sil­i­con Val­ley,” says its spon­sor on its web­site.

Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day host­ed more than 500 of South­ern California’s top wed­ding indus­try pro­fes­sion­als to cel­e­brate the final­ists for Best of 2018—and announce the win­ners. Flower Duet was pleased to be nom­i­nat­ed for the 2nd year in a row for “Best Wed­ding Florist in Los Ange­les” and con­grat­u­la­tion Lotus and Lily for her win in our cat­e­go­ry.

Under the direc­tion of Lisa Khan of Lisa Khan Events and Jason Rhee of Rhee­fined Events, with sup­port from Rayce Pr, we joined forces with a tal­ent­ed team of ven­dors (see list below) to cre­ate a few fab­u­lous vignettes of LA area life.

Graffiti Flower Wall by Flower Duet

Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet pose in front of their graf­fi­ti flower wall they designed and installed for the Los Ange­les sec­tion of the #CWDbestof 2018 Award gala. We designed it to look like flow­ers were paint­ed on a cor­ru­gat­ed wall in LA and after all … to quote Randy New­man: “We love LA.”

Hollywood Sign by Bob Gail Events

Inspired by the city of stars, Bob Gail Events pro­vid­ed a 6’ Hol­ly­wood sign and an over­sized Director’s Chair to com­pli­ment a cus­tomized “Walk of Fame.”

Girl Boss Hollywood flowers by Flower Duet

Flower Duet added an over­sized “Girl Boss” flower design with callas and anemones for the over­sized desk in Holl­wyood­land!

Casey is the boss...no offense to Bruce.

Casey is the boss!

Pink peonies and black vases by Flower Duet.

Peonies look at home in grit­ty black accent table top vas­es for the LA Sec­tion of the dis­play.

Flower Duet's flower graffiti wall complements the real-life graffiti art

Flower Duet’s flower graf­fi­ti wall com­ple­ments the real-life graf­fi­ti art that was part of the LA dis­play at #CWDbestof2108 at Vib­iana.

Flower Duet pink flowers in black vases

Flower Duet’s pink flow­ers add dra­ma to the table before its place set­ting is com­plete for the LA Gala.

Here is a couch perspective of the Palm Springs section of our display. We created a flower wall treatment with gold hoops, plams and flowers.

Here is a couch per­spec­tive of the Palm Springs sec­tion of our dis­play. We cre­at­ed a flower wall treat­ment with gold hoops, palms and flow­ers.

Protea floral design by Flower Duet

Pro­tea is King in this Palm Springs-inspired flo­ral design by Flower Duet!

Palm Springs Wedding Flowers by Flower Duet

Palm Springs cock­tail bar cart flo­rals by Flower Duet for #cwdBestof2018.

Palm Springs Flowers for wedding ideas

Palm seed pod filled with suc­cu­lents and washed out ros­es to cre­ate an ethe­re­al desert feel for the Palm Springs sec­tion of the Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day Best of 2018 Awards Gala at Vib­iana!


Wed­ding Plan­ner & Event Design
Flo­rals & Design
Decor & Rentals
Menu & Table Num­bers
Sig­nage: Palm Springs
Hol­ly­wood Sign
Tat­too Sta­tion
Sta­tion­ary & Event Brand­ing
Venue & Cater­ing

This Month’s Free Online Flower Class

Each week, we offer a new flower les­son as part of our Flower Arrang­ing Fri­days series call­ing it “A Full Bou­quet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time.”

Our Flower Arrang­ing Fri­days series is a per­fect­ly-sized approach to learn­ing the art of flo­ral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a tru­ly use­ful flo­ral design tech­nique in a cur­rent event flo­ral design style. This class series will keep you won­der­ing what we’ll show you next!

As part of each class, you’ll receive: 
1. A down­load­able PDF list of sup­plies includ­ing the flower recipe.

2. Easy-to-fol­low mini video lessons so you’ll nev­er have to rewind the video to see a step again.

3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a suc­cess­ful flo­ral arranger!

June 2018 Free Online Flower Class

Each month, we’ll make a flower class from this series FREE for any­one to test out for a month. For our 2018 June selec­tion,  Casey shows you how to cre­ate a soft pas­tel-inspired design that is great for an out­door event from a wed­ding to a brunch to a sum­mer gar­den par­ty

What you’ll receive for this class:

  • Down­load­able sup­plies list
  • All About Ros­es Lec­ture you can down­load
  • All About Hydrangeas
  • 8 videos
  • Tips on how to group flow­ers for max­i­mum impact!

Join this class for free this month!

Book Recommendation for Succulent Lovers!

By Kit Wertz

Kit Wertz of Flower Duet with Debra Lee Baldwin of Succulent fame

Kit Wertz (left) with Debra Lee Bald­win (right) author and suc­cu­lent gar­den expert.

Last month, I was final­ly able to meet Debra Lee Bald­win in per­son after years of emails and mes­sages. She fea­tured one of our suc­cu­lent bou­quets in her book, Suc­cu­lents Sim­pli­fied (see page 209!).

My friend Lau­rie, is a mem­ber of the Palos Verdes Gar­den Club and invit­ed me to attend a talk by Debra giv­en to the club in Palos Verdes.

It was so fun to catch up with Debra and I real­ly enjoyed her talk. One of the take­aways I had was a phrase she used to describe good design prin­ci­ples whether it be for a yard or a con­tain­er. The phrase is “con­trast and rep­e­ti­tion = good design.” I think this is a great guide for flo­ral design, too!

Each cus­tomer who pur­chased a book at the event received them in a love­ly water­col­or shop­ping bag.

Debra’s sign­ing table set up in the back­yard of one of the PV Gar­den Club mem­bers.

Kit’s friend Lau­rie (low­er right) chats with a fel­low PV Gar­den club mem­ber dur­ing the event for Debra Lee Bald­win.

Succulent Mushroom

This caught Kit’s eye — a cre­ation by one of the Gar­den club mem­bers — used as dec­o­ra­tion for the event!


Illus­trat­ed with 400 beau­ti­ful pho­tos, this is a com­plete­ly revised sec­ond edi­tion which includes the essen­tials of the first along with ten years of new ideas from the Doyenne of Suc­cu­lent Design!


Baldwin’s third book about suc­cu­lents is “a kind of pre­quel to the pre­vi­ous two.” It’s a guide for new enthu­si­asts, a ref­er­ence for any­one seek­ing a good overview and some cool design ideas includ­ing a bridal bou­quet by Flower Duet on Page 209!


Shows how any­one regard­less of cli­mate or space con­straints can grow sculp­tur­al, low-water suc­cu­lents in a wide vari­ety of easy-care and beau­ti­ful pot­ted gar­dens.

— Best suc­cu­lents for pots
— Small-space solu­tions indoors and out
— Smart, sim­ple plant care tech­niques
— 300+ col­or­ful and cre­ative ideas


Fea­tures 75 illus­tra­tions by renowned Euro­pean artist Lau­ra Ser­ra inspired by my pho­tographs (includ­ing many from my books). Sen­sa­tion­al Suc­cu­lents show­cas­es an exten­sive array of suc­cu­lents and empha­sizes their melod­ic geom­e­try and exquis­ite pat­terns. This beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed book offers hours of restora­tive, cre­ative fun and a fresh way to enjoy your favorite plants.

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2019 Flower Design Classes

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library

Reg­is­ter for these class­es through brownpapertickets.com.

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — Ros­es

More in 2019 in the fall!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!

Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!