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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.

March/April 2019 News

Flower Duet Featured in New York Times & BMW Podcast Series

Casey of Flower Duet was inter­viewed by the new Pod­cast called, The Spe­cial, about how she buys flow­ers in Down­town Los Ange­les. In an episode called “Explor­ing the Cre­ative Edge of Los Ange­les,” lis­ten­ers can learn about the art, food and flower scene in Los Ange­les.

We were asked to then help launch the entire pod­cast series by cre­at­ing flow­ers for the launch par­ty at Rossoblu. Here are some pho­tos from the launch par­ty in March where Casey and Kit made all the cen­ter­pieces and then were on-hand to help guide over 100 guests make their own BMW-inspired bou­quets to take home. Did you know the offi­cial flower of BMW is the white calla lily?

We designed flow­ers in white and blue which had an airy feel and high­light­ed the BMW col­or scheme. The cel­e­bra­tion was about the pod­cast, but the pod­cast is about the launch of the all-new BMW X7, a crossover SUV.

BMW flowers by Flower Duet

Both Casey and Kit were at the launch par­ty to help over 100 guests design their own BMW-themed bou­quet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

BMW The Special Tent

Under the main tent were two spe­cial BMWs includ­ing the new X7. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

BMW X7 Flowers by Flower Duet for The Special Podcast

Flow­ers includ­ed two shades of Del­phini­ums, Vendela ros­es, white Alstroe­me­ria, Blue­pu­rum, Veron­i­ca and Tree Fern. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

BMW X7 at the podcast launch party

Guests were encour­aged to sit and take self­ies inside the new BMW X7. Pho­to by Kit Wertz. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Rossoblu dining for The Special Podcast

The main din­ing room of Rossoblu in down­town Los Ange­les was the scene for the launch par­ty. Our flow­ers are dot­ted on the din­ing tables. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flowers by Flower Duet for The Special podcast

Green trick Dianthus also added to the mix along with Sea Hol­ly. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flowers are ready for the guests to create.

In the wine cel­lar of Rossoblu, Casey sets up flow­ers for guest to learn how to cre­ate their own bou­quets. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Guests bouquets and Casey of Flower Duet

Casey pos­es with some of the com­plet­ed guests’ bou­quets. We tied them with rib­bons and labeled them with names so the guests could pick them up on their way out of the event. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

BMW

A Free Online Floral Class — Just for You!

Free Class of the Month — Ranunuculus

Spring Flowers How To

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!

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Flower Duet Creates Flowers for Oscar Nominated Movies

Flower Duet designed flowers for the movies: Green Book, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, and A Star is Born. 

We were tapped to help cel­e­brate 2019 Oscar-Nom­i­nat­ed movies by design­ing flow­ers that were deliv­ered to movie stu­dios in Hol­ly­wood and Los Ange­les pri­or to the big awards cer­e­mo­ny last month.

Peace Symbol Flowers

Dark pur­ple car­na­tions made up a large flo­ral peace sym­bol for the movie BlacK­kKlans­man.

Casey worked close­ly with the client to ensure the right mes­sages were sent to help pro­duc­tions cel­e­brate the nom­i­na­tions. Here are the flow­ers we cus­tom-designed for the nom­i­nees.

Queen's crest

Bohemi­an Rhap­sody was a movie where we re-cre­at­ed the crown on the rock band’s crest. Here is the crest.

Queen Flowers for Bohemian Rhapsody.

He is our ver­sion of a real-life Queen crest using ros­es, paint­ed car­na­tions and Rus­cus. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Large floral crowns for Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

We made three flo­ral crowns that were larg­er than life for the Bohemi­an Rhap­sody team. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Green Book flowers

Casey designed a green piano key­board from live flow­ers and green­ery for Green Book. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Green Book Piano keys

Here is Casey pre­tend­ing to play the Green Book piano in our stu­dio before the deliv­ery to the Oscar nom­i­nees. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

A Start is Born Succulent Guitars by Flower Duet.

For Lady Gaga’s turn at being a star, Kit from Flower Duet made two suc­cu­lent gui­tars. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Emma Stone in the film THE FAVOURITE. Pho­to by Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos. © 2018 Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry Fox Film Cor­po­ra­tion All Rights Reserved

The Favourite Flowers by Flower Duet

Final­ly, we designed a large dis­play with mums, lark­spur and ros­es for the movie The Favourite. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Plant a Flower Day — March 12

Flower Seeds

In case you missed it, it was Plant a Flower Day on March 12th! Don’t fret, it’s the per­fect time of year to plant flow­ers for the sum­mer sea­son. Casey gave me a few pack­ets to add to my gar­den. I just fin­ished plant­i­ng New Zealand Pit­tospo­rum, Wax Flower and some Erioste­mon in my front yard. These are all drought tol­er­ant and will be nice for flo­ral designs, too!

Flower Jewelry for Prom and Mom

Kit has writ­ten close to 20 design arti­cles for the flo­ral trade pub­li­ca­tion The Bloomin’ News and this month’s issue is avail­able in print at The Orig­i­nal Los Ange­les Flower Mar­ket or dig­i­tal­ly at bloominnews.com.

Here are a few pho­tos from the arti­cle about this hot trend for wear­ables. While this is not real­ly a new tech­nique, it is a cur­rent hot trend thanks to won­der­ful flo­ral artists like Fran­coise Weeks.

Living Flower Jewelry by Kit Wertz

Kit’s cre­ations for her arti­cle in Bloomin News this month.

Kit Wertz and her floral ring

Kit mod­els her liv­ing flo­ral ring for the cam­era before send­ing it off to Bloomin’ News!

Note: Effec­tive July 2019, The Bloomin’ News becomes a dig­i­tal mag­a­zine, dis­trib­uted by email links to their sub­scribers. Join the dig­i­tal world with us! Sub­scribe now so you don’t miss even one edi­tion: Sub­scribe.

Flower Book Review

Flower Book Recommendation:: Wreaths

by Katie Smyth & Ter­ri Chan­dler

Writ­ten by florists from Lon­don, Smyth and Chan­dler bring back bespoke wreaths made from for­aged and sea­son­al blooms. Hail­ing from their stu­dio, WORM, the part­ners designed a won­der­ful­ly pho­tographed and inspi­ra­tional book of over 140 pages. Pub­lished last sum­mer by Quadrille press, this is a great instruc­tion and idea book to have in your library. I was able to check it from my local library and you may be able to find it in your local library, too!

From the pub­lish­er:

Wreaths explores the art of cre­at­ing won­der­ful flo­ral pieces, to gift or keep, through a col­lec­tion of 20 beau­ti­ful and nat­ur­al designs. Learn how to play around with col­or, foliage, tex­ture, and archi­tec­tur­al forms with a craft that is no longer just for Christ­mas.

Packed with ideas, skills and tech­niques, Katie and Ter­ri will inspire you to bring a touch of nature indoors as they offer a fresh and mod­ern approach to wreath design. Going beyond the tra­di­tion­al shapes, this book will equip you with the know-how to cre­ate impres­sive state­ment pieces, trop­i­cal and dried wreaths, as well as beau­ti­ful gar­lands and a late sum­mer chan­de­lier.

Pre­sent­ed through exquis­ite pho­tog­ra­phy and step-by-step instruc­tions, Wreaths shows how best to main­tain and dis­play these botan­i­cal cre­ations in your home. Dis­cov­er the joy of for­ag­ing and mas­ter the art of mak­ing nat­ur­al wreath frames with this irre­sistible book – a must-have for lovers of flo­ral arrange­ments and inte­ri­ors alike.

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Flower Tool Review

Flower Tool :: Clauss Stem Cleaning Glove

We are always on the look­out for a way to speed up pro­duc­tion in our flower stu­dio. When it comes to clean­ing flower stems of their leaves for hand-tied bou­quets and vase design, we often will use a gar­den glove in a thick leather on one hand. We came across a glove by the brand CLAUSS that makes oth­er flower tools and tried their ver­sion of a stem clean­ing glove.

It works quite well for clean­ing the major­i­ty of flower stems but does not work for left-hand­ed de-stem­ming. It is a great tool to have in your tool­box, but I would keep your heav­ier duty gloves and stronger stem clean­ers for the tougher ros­es. NOTE: The part that helps remove the stems, makes hold­ing any­thing else a bit tricky. So, only wear these when you are strip­ping stems!

From the man­u­fac­tur­er:

  • Patent­ed Super Fab­ric Brand Mate­r­i­al
  • Punc­ture Resis­tant
  • Com­fort­able Patch or Glove Design
  • Gen­tle on Stems
  • Machine Wash­able
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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

We will be cel­e­brat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of The Hunt­ing­ton Library start­ing in June with themed flo­ral designs.
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 — The Huntington’s 100th Rose
  • Sept 2, 2019 — A Flower from Every Gar­den
  • Sept/Oct 2019 — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evenings Planned — Con­tact Us for details as dates are being decid­ed soon!
  • Oct 19, 2019 — Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins
  • Nov 9, 2019 — Fall Flow­ers Inspired by Paint­ings in the Art Col­lec­tion by
  • Dec 14, 2019 — Tra­di­tion­al Hol­i­day Designs inspired from 100 years ago

Dates are set for 2020 — so more flower fun to come!

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!