May 2015 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 61

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Flower-Inclined

By Flower Duet Editors

Flower Gifts for Mother's Day

Flower Dress Watercolor gift for Mother’s Day – Photo by

Flower Duet will always recommend fresh flowers and plants as wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, but if you want to add another little (or big) gift for the special mother in your life to accompany flowers, here are some favorite curated gift ideas from Kit & Casey of Flower Duet. Of course, we always love a good spa day, too!

Flower Classes and Tours of the Los Angeles Flower Mart as Gifts

Flower Mart Tours by Flower Duet

We offer a group tour of the Los Angeles Flower Market each month and private tours all year long! | Photo by: Kit Wertz

Flower Arranging Class Los Angeles Gift Certificates

Casey preps flowers for a class in our studio featuring calla lilies and peonies! | Photo by Kit Wertz

Many students in our classes are mothers whose children purchased a gift certificate for them to learn how to design flowers with Flower Duet. This is a great event to do with your mom after Mother’s Day to keep the celebration going all year long.

Our flower arranging classes are designed for every level and we take each student step-by-step through the process of choosing the best flowers, how to make them last a long time in a vase and look pretty. We instruct on basic design techniques, use premium flowers like roses, tulips and peonies and make sure each class is unique and true to the current interior design and event trends.

You can book a tour or class online or if you want to arrange a private party, you can email us and call us to discuss your plans. We cater to your taste and technique you want to learn.

We offer gift certificates you can download immediately to give as a gift for any occasion – especially Mother’s Day!

Floral Gifts for Flower Lovers

Casey and I created a new Pinterest board for you to see more ideas on what to give to the special mother in your life in addition to fresh flowers!

Flower Duet Pinterest Board for Mother's Day 2015

Flower Duet has many boards on Pinterest featuring our own work, as well as work we admire. Here is a board on what to give to the flower lovers in your life for Mother’s Day!

Find all our flower-themed gift ideas for Mother’s Day on Flower Duet’s Pinterest Board.

DIY Flowers – Free Videos from Flower Duet

Flower Duet YouTube Channel - Fashioning Flowers

Flower Duet offers a wide variety of Free How-to videos on our YouTube channel!

Remember when you were a little kid and you made a gift for your mom for Mother’s Day? Kit used to pick yellow dandelions in the backyard and give them to our mom. Mom would always put them in a vase! These day’s Kit’s twins give her little clover flowers and she does her best to get them home into a vase.

Flower Duet’s YouTube Channel – FashioningFlowers

You can design your own flowers using videos from Flower Duet! We offer many FREE how-to videos on our YouTube channel on how to create basic flower arrangements that are elegant, easy with flowers that you can purchase all year round from any local grocery store. The key is to use the right kind of vase to make it easy on yourself. So…what are you waiting for? Check out our videos this week and practice a few designs before you come up with the perfect flower recipe for your mom!

Flower Duet Co-Sponsors 2nd Annual Be an Event Hero Event at Terranea Resort on April 13, 2015

By Kit Wertz

White Calla Lilies

Be A Hero Event at Terranea | Photo by

Flower Duet co-hosted its 2nd Annual “Be An Event Hero” invitation-only wedding industry event on April 13, 2015 at Terranea Resort.

We want to extend our special thanks to our wonderful Terranea-based event vendor group, The Wedding & Event Heroes, with whom we love sharing ideas each month. Read on to learn about our vendor partners and what they did for this wonderful event.

First on the morning agenda was for over 100 wedding and event planners to enjoy a relaxing round of networking on the Catalina Terrace under crisp sunny skies overlooking a clear view of its island namesake. After we enjoyed fabulous citrus tea-infused fruit kebabs, poached eggs in fresh California avocados, a honey and cheese bar and more delicious savory bites and sweet desserts, we directed the group for a whirlwind round of nine mini workshop sessions to fix common problems that come up during weddings and special events.

Be An Event Hero Mini Workshops

Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet taught their groups how to design flowers with meaning. Casey & Kit showed the group step-by-step how to create a mini posy from scratch.  Meg Hall of Made by Meg Catering taught her groups how to plate for presentation with wonderful place settings presented by Sandy Radicevic from Premiere Party Rents.  Miki & Sonja Rakicevic of Miki & Sonja Photography and Lisa Oler  of Smile Lounge Photo Booth taught participants how to pose for flattery and fun!

Perryfield Films team of Brian Perry and Ryan Satterfield taught planners how to deliver digital files flawlessly while Leora Mauck of Copper Willow Studio went over the ins and outs of wedding invitation etiquette.

Ida Gardner of Ida Gardner Events demonstrated how to remove the top 5 event stains from premium fabric while KC Campbell of VOX DJS instructed teams on how to pack a dance floor and keep the party going. The team of Design Visage Hair & Makeup showed guests how to attach a bridal veil (and reattach one in case it came off at an inopportune time) while Dahlia Wexler of Luxe Linens showed off her new line of premium linens as well as innovative napkin folds for all types of celebrations.

Luxury outdoor setting

The beautiful Catalina Terrace at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes | Photo by

Fruit skewers

Tea infused fruit kebabs by Terranea Resort | Photo by

Bernard Ibarra of Terranea

Terranea’s Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra was on hand to serve guests and answer questions about the resort’s cuisine | Photo by

Sweet Citrus Infused Tea Mists

The fresh fruit was infused with Sweet Citrus Tea | Photo by

Casey greets at Be A Hero

Casey greets a guest planner. The morning brunch was a great opportunity to network, catch up with old friends and meet new vendors. | Photo by

Yuri Oda South Coast Botanic Garden

Yuri Oda of the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation enjoys meeting with other guests at our Be an Event Hero brunch portion of the morning’s agenda. | Photo by

Be a Hero Terranea

A table scene from the Be an Event Hero brunch at Terranea Resort 2015 | Photo by

Casey and Kit

Casey and I had our makeup and hair done for the event by the fabulous team of Design Visage | Photo by

Flower Duet Workshop

Flower Duet held a mini workshop on how to Design Flowers with Meaning | Photo by

Flower Duet

Guests are hands-on with flowers at our Be an Event Hero workshop at Terranea | Photo by

Be a Hero Flowers

In the thick of designing flowers with meaning with our guests at Be an Event Hero at Terranea on April 13, 2015 | Photo by

Flowers with Meaning

Participants were able to use flowers from our outside centerpieces that held special meanings to create bouquets that held special sentiments. Photo by

Flowers by Power

A group shows off their posies with power! | Photo by

Adrienne's bouquet

Our design assistant Adrienne shows off a mini bouquet. | Photo by


Our Wedding & Event Heroes vendor think tank based at Terranea Resort. We all co-sponsored this annual event for over 100 wedding planners and vendors. Photo by

Video Snapshot by Perryfield Films of Flower Duet’s Be An Event Hero Workshop

Wedding Flowers by Flower Duet

All Photos by Flower Duet Photographers except where noted

Here is a small sampling of wedding flowers we designed over the last few months. More to come as the season starts to sizzle!

Beach Wedding by Flower Duet

Wedding at The Chart House in Redondo Beach with No Worries Event Planning. Photo by Lin & Jirsa |

Vinyard Garden with Ocean View

Wedding at Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes


Succulent Wedding Favors

Succulent wedding favors double as place card assignments.

Sofreh ceremony

Persian wedding sofreh set up at Los Verdes Golf Club

Pink Peony Bouquet

Pink Peony bouquet in the bride’s room at the Church.

Purple wedding

Purple, lavender and cream wedding on the water in Long Beach, CA.

Succulent bridal bouquet

Pink and cream bridal bouquet with lots of succulents.

Golden Glamor Table Setting

Glamorous table setting at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs with Boutique Event Planning

Private Succulent Garden Tours & Workhops in San Diego with Debra Lee Baldwin

Debra Lee Baldwin's Garden Tours

Author and garden writer Debra Lee Baldwin is opening her private garden for tours and workshops in May. | Photo:

With California’s drought in the news daily, it’s hard not to turn our attention to our own gardens. If you want some wonderful hands-on ideas on how to design a beautiful garden using succulent plants, we are pleased to tell you about author and speaker on succulents and succulent container gardens, Debra Baldwin. She featured one of our succulent bouquets in her book and is now offering private tours of her half-acre garden, along with workshops, in May. CraftsytitleCard

Located in northeast San Diego county in Hidden Meadows, the garden featured throughout Debra Lee Baldwin’s books and videos and has been featured in Sunset Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, San Diego Home/Garden and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

When you visit, Debra will take you through the garden and show you…
~ Her favorite plants (succulent and otherwise).
~ Design ideas you can apply in your own garden.
~ Numerous container gardens and groupings.
~ Vignettes that aspire to sophisticated whimsy.
~ How Debra handles challenges such as poor soil, frost, pests and scorching sun.

Debra will also answer your garden and design questions and present you with samples of her star-performing succulents! Workshops are conducted by Debra and guest designers. Included are all materials, a tour of the garden and refreshments. Space is extremely limited.

Email Debra Lee Baldwin to register, or if an event is sold out, to be on the waiting list.

Fri., May 8, 9 to noon. Tour, lunch and Succulent Bouquet Workshop. $175. SOLD OUT.
Sat., May 9, 9 to noon. Tour, lunch and Mother’s Day Succulent Bouquet Workshop. $175.
Fri., May 15, Tour, lunch and Perfect Plant-Pot Pairings Workshop with Designer Diana Clark. $195.
Fri., May 22, Tour, lunch, and Succulent Sconce Workshop with Potter Marsha Rafter. $195.
Sat., May 23, 9 to noon. Lunch and Intimate Tour of Debra Lee Baldwin’s Garden. $125.
Sun., June 7, 9 to noon. Brunch in Debra’s Garden with Laura Balaoro. $175.

End times are approximate. Find more details at

Flower Tool: Loppers

Loppers by Fiskars

Fiskers Loppers at Home Depot | Photo:

It may be the end of Spring flowering branches at the flower mart in Los Angeles, but we could not have made it through this season full of the lovely woody branches without our “loppers.” These long-handled pruners are essential for prepping thick stems for floral designs.

Starting with early forsythia stems and plum branches and moving into cherry blossom season, we rely heavily on a sharp set or two of what we affectionately call “loppers” which is what you do when you “lop off a branch” from a tree.

The reason these work better than shorter handled pruners is because you can use the leverage of the long handles to cut thicker-gauge stems. This is important if you are prepping a large number of branches for a design to avoid fatigue in your hands and arms.

These are also great to have on hand year-round for cutting kiwi vine, dogwood stems, curly willow and evergreen branches.

This is an essential tool for any serious flower arranger and is available at all home improvement and garden stores.

How to use Loppers

Here is a great video from Fiskars on how to use our favorite loppers!

Floral Design Book Recommendation: Flower Styling

Flower Styling BookTalmage McLaurin condenses 20 years of floral expertise here in this collection of personal favorites and exciting all-new designs. More than 100 gorgeous arrangements will inspire you to create your own floral showpieces for any season or occasion.

This beautiful book, authored by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD, contains over 100 images divided into four sections, Garden, Graphic, Harvest and Holiday. Insider tips are included on each page explaining the principles and techniques in creating the designs.

Flower Styling, published by Florist’s Review, Hardcover, 100 designs, 128 pages

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