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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.

May Floral News

Field to Vase Dinner — The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, California

By Kit Wertz

Field to Vase Dinner Carlsbad Flowers

This pho­to shows how we had just moved the vas­es to the tables and had yet to move them into final places for our ombre effect for the 2016 Field to Vase din­ner Carls­bad — Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Duet Designs over 125 Vases for 2nd Annual Field to Vase Tour to Promote American Grown Flowers

On April 13, 2016, Casey and I were in Carls­bad, Calif. sur­round­ed by a rain­bow of bloom­ing Ranun­cu­lus flow­ers din­ing on splen­did dish­es, wine, beer and cof­fee that were all grown local­ly. We were two of 145 guests seat­ed for the 2016 Amer­i­can Grown Field to Vase Din­ner Tour and we were the flo­ral design­ers for the event!

The set­ting: The Flower Fields owned by the Ecke Fam­i­ly and farmed by Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny.

The occa­sion:  2016 Amer­i­can Grown Field to Vase Din­ner Tour.

The cause: These nation-wide din­ners are being held to build brand aware­ness to the gen­er­al pub­lic that there is a diverse coali­tion of U.S. flower farms rep­re­sent­ing small and large enti­ties across the coun­try. Togeth­er, we want to give con­sumers con­fi­dence in the source of their flow­ers and assure them that the bou­quets and bunch­es they pur­chase come from a domes­tic flower farm. The Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers coali­tion’s goal is to cre­ate an iden­ti­fi­able, icon­ic and amaz­ing­ly beau­ti­ful brand that com­mu­ni­cates the domes­tic ori­gins as well as the high qual­i­ty, fresh­ness and con­sis­ten­cy of the flow­ers and foliage they grow.

Flo­ral Design­ers: Flower Duet

Chef: Ter­ra Cater­ing

Beer: Bag­by Beer Com­pa­ny

Wine: Matuc­ci Win­ery

Cof­fee: Good Land Organ­ics

Flower Spon­sors: Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny, Dramm & Echter, Resendiz Broth­ers

Vase Sponser: Syn­di­cate Sales

Spon­sors: SlowFlowers.com, AmercianGrownFlowers.orgCal­i­for­nia Cut Flower Com­mis­sion

Kit and Casey in the Flower Fields

Kit (left) and Casey (right) of Flower Duet being filmed for the Field to Vase Din­ner Tour pro­mo­tion­al video at The Flower Fields in Carls­bad, Calif. Pho­to by Adri­enne Sorg.

Flowers from Mellano & Company, Dramm & Echter and Resendiz Brothers.

Here are just a few of the thou­sands of stems of fresh flow­ers we had wait­ing for us when we arrived at the Flower Fields to start design­ing for the Field to Vase Din­ner in Carls­bad. All flow­ers were donat­ed by local farm­ers: Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny, Dramm & Echter and Resendiz Broth­ers. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Floral Design Studio by the sea in Carlsbad.

We had three fold­ing tables on lifts in the trail­er which was insu­lat­ed to keep us and the flow­ers cool. Jess Williams of Mel­lano pre­pared the truck with lights and a gen­er­a­tor for us. Casey is on the left and Jason on the right in the fore­ground. Julie and Adri­enne are near the entrance which had a gor­geous view of the Pacif­ic Ocean. We loved our tem­po­rary on-site stu­dio by the sea! Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Finished Field to Vase Designs packed up

Here are the fin­ished vas­es packed in box­es at the end of our design day on Tues­day. The buck­ets of flow­ers in the back­ground were more flow­ers we used to cre­ate larg­er state­ment pieces for the cock­tail hour dec­o­ra­tions which we cre­at­ed Wednes­day morn­ing. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Duet’s Theme

We had a pletho­ra of flow­ers to inte­grate into our design theme. In addi­tion to the fab­u­lous Ranun­cu­lus from the actu­al Flower Fields in which we were design­ing and din­ing, we had many gen­er­ous dona­tions from oth­er local flower grow­ers.

I took a cue from the fields them­selves and decid­ed to make an ombre effect with the flow­ers using only the bright col­ors of yel­low, pink, orange and red. We used three sizes of vas­es donat­ed by Syn­di­cate Sales to cre­ate an undu­lat­ing effect of flow­ers down the 18 din­ing tables for 145 seat­ed din­ner guests.

We want­ed the flow­ers to mim­ic the waves of col­ored flow­ers in the field as well as the waves of the Pacif­ic Ocean which were in view dur­ing our entire design­ing days on the farm and through­out the din­ner into sun­set.

With a mag­nif­i­cent sup­port­ing cast of local­ly grown flow­ers from Mel­lano and Com­pa­ny, Dramm & Echter and Resendiz Broth­ers, our team made over 125 designs in about 8 hours work­ing in a trail­er on the farm!

Each vase held a col­lec­tion of a sin­gle col­or and could be a com­bi­na­tion of Ranun­cu­lus, Ger­beras, Pro­teas, Rus­cus, Wax Flower, Spray Ros­es, Alstroe­me­ria and Hyper­icum Berries. We also had Rice Flower, Ranun­cu­lus Seed Pods — a new prod­uct from Mel­lano — and Box­wood — all grown local­ly!

Jason Chen, Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz

Jason Chen, a botan­i­cal artist from San Diego of JC Botan­i­cal Designs, helped us on Tues­day and Wednes­day with the designs and instal­la­tion! Pho­to by Julie Kennedy.

Field to Vase Design Team

Our Field to Vase Team was from left, Julie Kennedy, Kit Wertz, Adri­enne Sorg, Jason Chen, Casey Schwartz on the farm at The Flower Fields. Casey had the shirts made to match the col­ors of our design theme.

Julie and Adrienne

Julie (left) and Adri­enne put some fin­ish­ing touch­es togeth­er out­side the trail­er on the morn­ing of the din­ner. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Design Day & Prep

It was heav­en on earth for a flo­ral design­er to have access to flow­ers that are just out of the field and ready to place into our vas­es.

We brought a team of vol­un­teers with us and a vol­un­teer from San Diego.

Our team includ­ed Casey, my sis­ter and part­ner in Flower Duet, our long­time free­lance design­ers, Adri­enne Sorg and Julie Kennedy, a San Die­gan Botan­i­cal Artist and Land­scape Archi­tect, Jason Chen and myself.

We arrived at the fields to a trail­er full of fresh flow­ers and green­ery and I could not believe how amaz­ing it was to see!

We cre­at­ed all the 100+ vas­es for the din­ner on Tues­day with a break for lunch with our farmer fore­man, Jess Williams of Mel­lano who cre­at­ed a fan­tas­tic work area for us right in the mid­dle of his pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions! I even showed Jess how to make one of the vas­es for the table which he game­ly designed. We also dined with Kasey Cron­quist, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia Cut Flower Com­mis­sion and Kath­leen Willi­ford, Field to Vase Din­ner Tour Coor­di­na­tor and Event Plan­ner who walked us through the entire plan­ning for the event.

Tractor ride with flowers

Casey goes for a ride on the trac­tor to trans­port the flow­ers up to the din­ing tables in the fields. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Transporting flowers through the fields.

This is my per­spec­tive of the trac­tor ride through the fields to the barn area with the dis­play flow­ers and buck­et of flow­ers for the DIY wreath and flower demon­stra­tion for the cock­tail hour. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Field to Vase Table

A per­spec­tive of the flow­ers on the tables as well as the rib­bon stream­ers we cre­at­ed and placed on top of 12-foot light poles. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Shadows

We placed the flow­ers around 2:00 p.m. and this sharp shad­ows cre­at­ed a neat pat­tern on the table. Do you see the love­ly pin­cush­ion Pro­tea shad­ow? Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Our view of the fields from our ‘on-site’ flo­ral design stu­dio. Pho­to by Julie Kennedy.

Dinner Day Prep

On the day of the din­ner, we were back on the farm ear­ly in the morn­ing to make the dis­play pieces for the cock­tail por­tion of the din­ner. We made three over­sized flo­ral bas­kets full of flow­ers and green­ery as well as two flo­ral sprays and oth­er accent pieces.

We also pre­pared buck­ets and sup­plies for a DIY Flo­ral Crown Sta­tion that was sup­port­ed by Mandie Thomp­son of Mel­lano so guests could make their own flo­ral crowns to wear for the din­ner.

After all the pieces were ready, we had to trans­port them over 10 acres of flower fields to the din­ing tables. We had packed each vase into box­es so they would not tip on the trac­tor ride through the fields. With Jess’s guid­ance, we loaded them onto the trac­tor trail­er that they use to har­vest the actu­al Ranun­cu­lus flow­ers. It was amaz­ing to see the amount of work that goes into get­ting flow­ers to mar­ket, not to men­tion all the work it takes to grow them suc­cess­ful­ly!

Casey rode the trac­tor up to the din­ner spot which was carved out of the fields and unloaded them so we could add them to the tables a lit­tle lat­er. When she came back, we loaded up the rest of the flow­ers for the cock­tail hour and rode the trac­tor over to the barn area of the farm to set up the cock­tail area and the din­ing tables.

Yellow Centerpiece

Each design fea­tured flow­ers from three local San Diego farms. This vase fea­tures gold­en and yel­low Ranun­cu­lus, spray ros­es, Pinchu­sion Pro­tea, Ger­ber Daisies, Leu­ca­den­dron, Wax Flower and Alstroe­me­ria. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Field to Vase Table

Guests place their name cards on the table and snap a few pho­tos of our flow­ers before the din­ner. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Cocktail hour decorations

Bag­by’s beer set up at the fields on the right and Matuc­ci Win­ery on the left. We cre­at­ed bas­kets of flow­ers as dec­o­ra­tion and two flo­ral sprays for the trail­er. Exam­ples of the vas­es we cre­at­ed for the tables line the floor of the trail­er for the cock­tail hour. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Basket of flowers

Here is one of the bas­kets we cre­at­ed for the event which empha­sized the rus­tic farm feel. It fea­tured box­wood, Pro­tea, Wax Flower, Ger­bers and Alstroe­me­ria.

Kit and Casey demonstration floral lecture.

Casey and I are smil­ing dur­ing our demon­stra­tion we held at the Field to Vase Din­ner. Pho­to by Debra Prinz­ing.

We added rib­bon stream­ers to the top of the light poles that mim­ic­ked the col­ors of the flow­ers and the fields. We set the table for the event and then went back to our hotel to get ready in less than 30 min­utes for the big event!

The Carlsbad Field to Vase Dinner!

Casey and I held a live flo­ral demon­stra­tion dur­ing the cock­tail hour so guests could learn how we made the din­ner vase designs and we shared our design phi­los­o­phy with the group of flower enthu­si­asts, farm­ers, design­ers and fans alike!

Mike Mellano

Mike Mel­lano, the farmer who farms the land of the Ecke fam­i­ly at the Flower Fields in Carls­bad talks about the farm and his work­ers. Kasey Cron­quist looks on. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Field to Vase Dinner Tour

Kit and Casey seat­ed at din­ner where they designed the flow­ers for the 2016 Field to Vase Din­ner Tour.

Jess Williams of Mellano

Jess Williams, our farmer and fan­tas­tic host for the two days we camped out in his trail­er and on his fields. Thanks Jess! — Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Field to Vase Table Setting

My table set­ting for the din­ner. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Din­ner was love­ly, sur­re­al and went by too fast. We heard talks from Kasey Cron­quist of the Cal­i­for­nia Cut Flower Com­mis­sion, Mike Mel­lano — the flower farmer, Chef Jeff Ross­man of Ter­ra Cater­ing, Jeff Bag­by of Bag­by Beer Com­pa­ny  and local cof­fee grow­er, Jay Ruskey. Debra Prinz­ing of SlowFlowers.com intro­duced us as the final speak­ers to the guests about our using local­ly grown flow­ers in the designs.

Julie and Adrienne

Julie and Adri­enne enjoy­ing din­ner! Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Chef Jeff Rossman

Chef Jeff Ross­man of Ter­ra Cater­ing talks about the local­ly sourced fish, steak, veg­eta­bles and fruit of our fab­u­lous din­ner! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

SUNSET

The sun sets on a gor­geous evening dur­ing the Field to Vase Din­ner in Carls­bad. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

DEBRA

Debra Prinz­ing of Slow Flow­ers intro­duces us to the din­ner guests. Pho­to by Julie Kennedy.

Kit and Casey at the Field to Vase Dinner speaking to the guests.

Casey takes the mic dur­ing our talk over fresh local food, wine, beer and flow­ers at the 2016 Field to Vase Din­ner in Carls­bad. Casey and I both spoke about our design and source phi­los­o­phy and thanked our hosts. We had a love­ly time. Pho­to by Julie Kennedy.

Each guest received a swag bag full of flo­ral cut­ters, seeds and a bou­quet of Ranun­cu­lus as well as a box of suc­cu­lents. We also let guests know they could take all the vas­es on the tables and we have nev­er seen cen­ter­pieces dis­ap­pear so fast!  One of the coolest com­ments we heard over and over again by the farm­ers from the dif­fer­ent farms who attend­ed the din­ner was how love­ly all the flow­ers looked all mixed togeth­er in the din­ner cen­ter­pieces. It was great to see all the pride that goes into cre­at­ing such beau­ti­ful results and we loved being part of it all for one mag­i­cal evening by our beloved Pacif­ic.
American Grown Flowers LogoIt was a mag­i­cal two days and a fan­tas­tic expe­ri­ence as brand ambas­sadors for Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers. Be sure to look for the label for local­ly grown flow­ers at your local mar­ket. To find out where you can pur­chase local­ly grown flow­ers near you, use the free web­site direc­to­ry, SlowFlowers.com.

Flower Duet at The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. for Woodlands Floral Design

Pho­tos and Text By Kit Wertz

Woodlands Themed Flowers

In our Wood­lands-theme class, we used Amer­i­can Grown flow­ers in this vase like Ager­a­tum, Ranun­cu­lus, Helle­borus, Gera­ni­um Leaves, Maid­en­hair Fern and Tree Fern.

Bird's Nest Florals

Every stu­den­t’s fin­ished design had a mini birds nest!

Woodlands themed floral design

To keep with a wood­lands theme, we used a wood­en con­tain­er that was lined with a plas­tic lin­er. We added a pletho­ra of green­ery — at least five kinds of greens as well as lichen cov­ered branch­es and bloom­ing Sweet Huck­le­ber­ry!

Mini Kids Floral Terrariums

For the chil­dren’s flo­ral design class at The Hunt­ing­ton in April, we showed our stu­dents how to make mini flo­ral ter­rar­i­ums.

Flower Duet Hosts Wedding Industry Event at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes

By Kit Wertz

WEHEroes LogoFlower Duet is proud to be a mem­ber of a wed­ding and event ven­dor think tank who meets to edu­cate each oth­er and our peers, to net­work with col­leagues and devel­op pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships. We call our group the Wed­ding & Event Heroes and we held our 3rd Annu­al “Hero” Event on April 19 2016 at Ter­ranea Resort in Ran­cho Palos Verdes, Calif.

We named our group Wed­ding & Event Heroes because we feel it’s impor­tant to be able to save the day and save the event in case any unusu­al cir­cum­stance aris­es. We believe in shar­ing best-in-class ideas about how to work togeth­er, plan and cre­ate a per­fect event with our ven­dor col­leagues.

WEHEROES Invite 2016

This year’s theme was the “Wed­ding & Event Heroes Master Class” where we all shared keys to build­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness in our indus­try. Our past events focused on sav­ing the day dur­ing a par­tic­u­lar event, but this year, we want­ed to share how to build a wed­ding and event indus­try busi­ness suc­cess­ful­ly.

Dur­ing the brunch our guests dined on scrump­tious food pre­pared by Ter­ranea’s excel­lent chef and cater­ing staff, we had three mini break­out ses­sions where guests learned some new hands-on skills.

At Flower Duet’s sta­tion, we teamed up with Ida Gard­ner to talk about the impor­tance of team­work — espe­cial­ly when often­times one works with new ven­dors every week for dif­fer­ent events.

Dish Wish and Miki & Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy were on hand to show event plan­ners how to style a table using a pletho­ra of dish options to make Insta­gram-Wor­thy Tablescapes.

And, when guests arrived, they had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn how to take their event social with a viral pho­to booth by Smile Lounge Pho­to Booth.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion hour of the “Master Class” five of our WEHeroes pre­sent­ed key take­aways for our guests to help pro­tect their busi­ness­es and help them grow.

From how to hire employ­ees that fit your busi­ness mod­el from VOX DJS, to how to evolve a part­ner­ship from Cop­per Wil­low Paper Stu­dio. Made By Meg pre­sent­ed the essen­tials for food safe­ty for on-loca­tion events and Design Vis­age explained the dif­fer­ence between an employ­ee and an inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor. VIPS Enter­tain­ment talked about the impor­tance of pro­tect­ing your Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty to insure that what is yours, stays yours.

Learn more about our #WEHEROES mem­bers and their wed­ding & event busi­ness­es:

Video of the event that gives you a little taste of what each guest learned that day by Impressive Creations:

Photos of the event by Miki & Sonja Photography

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Flower Duet Sponsors WIPA Masters Event at The Skirball Center

By Flower Duet

MEET-MASTERSWIPAFlower Duet was asked by the chair­woman of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Chap­ter of the Wed­ding Indus­try Pro­fes­sion­als Asso­ci­a­tion (WIPA) to cre­ate flow­ers for a spring lun­cheon at The Skir­ball Cen­ter on April 7, 2016.  WIPA SoCal mem­bers engaged in a round­table dis­cus­sion and had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss top­ics with masters in the wed­ding indus­try. From a celebri­ty wed­ding plan­ner to a renowned wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er to one of the top pub­lish­ers, atten­dees had the chance to pick their brains on prob­lems they are fac­ing in their own busi­ness or dream up new, inno­v­a­tive con­cepts togeth­er.

Wedding Masters who spoke at the Event

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Amy Marel­la
CEO & Founder, The Hid­den Gar­den

Alan Dunn
Own­er of Tres LA, Caron­delet House & the Ebell of Long Beach

Alexan­dra Rem­bac
Prin­ci­pal & Cre­ative Direc­tor, Ster­ling Engage­ments

Ani­ka War­den
Senior Sales Direc­tor, Vib­iana

Blair deLauben­fels
Co-Founder of Juneb­ug Wed­dings

Bri­an Call­away
Own­er & Pho­tog­ra­ph­er, Call­away Gable

Brooke Kee­gan
Cre­ative Direc­tor, Brooke Kee­gan Spe­cial Events

George Nick­els
Direc­tor of Cater­ing & Con­fer­ence Ser­vices, Mon­tage Bev­er­ly Hills

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Har­mo­ny Wal­ton
Founder, The Bridal Bar

Jami Pen­nings
Cater­ing Sales Man­ag­er, Wolf­gang Puck

Jen­nifer Daw­son
Prin­ci­pal Plan­ner, LVL Events

Lau­ra Gri­er
Beau­ti­ful Day Pho­tog­ra­phy & Wan­der­lust by Lau­ra Gri­er

Mar­ley Majch­er
Own­er, The Par­ty God­dess

Sharon Sacks
Pres­i­dent & Founder of Sacks Pro­duc­tions

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Here are some photos of the event by Luminaire Images Photography

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Sponsors of the Event

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Lumi­naire Images Pho­tog­ra­phy

VIDEOGRAPHY
Mis­sion Visu­al

FLORIST
Flower Duet

RENTALS
Pre­miere Par­ty Rents

LINENS
Wild­flower Linens

DJ & LIGHTING & PHOTOBOOTH
Vox DJ’s — KC Camp­bell & Jack Farmer

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LIVE MUSIC
Del Lago Trio

STATIONERY
Cop­per Wil­low Paper Stu­dio

DESSERTS
The Sug­ar Par­ty by NYFC

CAPPUCCINO CART
Urban Espres­so

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Flower Duet Designs for Teenline’s 35th Anniversary Luncheon

By Flower Duet

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For the past five of six years, Flower Duet has been the flo­ral spon­sor for the annu­al Teen­Line Food For Thought Lun­cheon.

TEEN LINE was cre­at­ed in 1980 by a group of men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als who, through their per­son­al work with teenagers, real­ized that a more inclu­sive approach to ado­les­cent men­tal health was need­ed. After exten­sive research and con­sul­ta­tion, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hot­line with com­mu­ni­ty out­reach ser­vices – was born.

In hon­or of the 1980s theme of this year’s anniver­sary lun­cheon of the first call tak­en on Teen Line, Flower Duet designed a neon col­or palette of yel­low, orange and hot pink sur­round­ed by light Baby’s Breath which was de rigueur by 1980s flo­ral design stan­dards.

The lun­cheon took place on April 14, 2016 at The Bev­er­ly Hilton Hotel and since Kit & Casey were still in Carls­bad after the Field to Vase Din­ner, we asked one of our reg­u­lar free­lance design­ers to make the flow­ers and deliv­er them to the lun­cheon.

Here is the fab­u­lous result that our long-time free­lance design­er, Judi Corfi­no, cre­at­ed for Teen­Line this year. Well done, Judi!

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Flow­ers for Teen Line’s 35th Anniver­sary Food for Thought Lun­cheon at the Bev­er­ly Hilton took on a 1980s theme with neon ros­es and Baby’s Breath. Pho­to by Judi Corfi­no.

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Judi Corfi­no’s work exe­cut­ing Flower Duet’s design con­cept for the 1980s trib­ute to Teen Lines first phone call fea­tured an ombre of neon inspi­ra­tion in rose col­ors as well as fluffy throw­back Baby’s Breath. Pho­to by Judi Corfi­no.

Steps to Make a Floral Crown Fascinator

By Flower Duet

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Flo­ral crowns can be impact­ful with just a few blooms. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

For the Field to Vase Din­ner we designed in Carls­bad, we were tasked with cre­at­ing an easy DIY flo­ral crown sta­tion. There were lots of peo­ple who took advan­tage of the fresh flow­ers pro­vid­ed by the local San Diego farms who donat­ed for the din­ner includ­ed Dramm & Echter, Mel­lano & Com­pa­ny and Resendiz Broth­ers.

Here are just a few pho­tos to give you an easy DIY flo­ral crown and a PDF down­load so you can print out your own instruc­tions for your own DIY Flo­ral Crown for your next bridal show­er, birth­day par­ty or girls night out event! Head to your local farmer or gro­cery stores and pick up the sup­plies!

Non-floral Supplies:

Floral Supplies:

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Stems should be no more than 2 inch­es long, don’t need to be wired and can be attached with either bind­ing wire or flo­ral tape. Add each ele­ment sep­a­rate­ly and over­lap them slight­ly. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Here is a close­up detail shot of the final crown. The spray rose was attached first, then the wax flower and then the rus­cus leaves. The green flo­ral tape blends in with the cov­ered wire so it’s not dis­tract­ing from the flow­ers in the design. These types of crowns can be cre­at­ed quick­ly with just a few blooms and are designed to be worn just off cen­ter. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

How to Make a Floral Pocket Square In Lieu of a Traditional Boutonniere

By Flower Duet

Ed Westwick Pocket Square

Ed West­wick of Gos­sip Girl fame sports a love­ly pock­et square.

If you are look­ing for an alter­na­tive take on the tra­di­tion­al flo­ral but­ton­hole or bou­ton­niere, then an option might be a flo­ral pock­et square. This would not only replace a need for the bou­ton­niere, but also the need for an art­ful­ly fold­ed pock­et square worn so grace­ful­ly by the likes of Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and by Ed West­wick who played Chuck Bass on Kit’s old favorite TV show, Gos­sip Girl.

NOTE: Only suits with fair­ly nar­row lapels will acco­mo­date a flo­ral pock­et square, so before you design, make sure you have first-hand knowl­edge of the suit!

First step: Mea­sure the pock­et depth and width and note the lapel width.

Next: Cut a firm piece of card stock or plas­tic to fit into the pock­et. Keep height even with the top of the pock­et open­ing.

Assem­ble: Glue flow­ers and green­ery to the top of the pock­et square cardboard/plastic piece using flo­ral adhe­sive and allow to dry. Stick with flow­ers and green­ery that do well out of water. Refer to our bou­ton­niere, how-to for a list of types of flow­ers that will work or just exper­i­ment.

Fin­ish: Cov­er glue with tape. We used clear tape to show how to insure that no glue will mar the suit pock­et — espe­cial­ly if its a tuxe­do rental. Anoth­er option would be to cov­er with a duct tape that match­es the col­or of the suit. The main goal here is to cov­er the glue so it does­n’t stick to any fab­ric.

Atlantic Clear Floral Adhesive

Clear flo­ral adhe­sive by Atlantic dries quick­ly and does­n’t have a strong odor. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Attach flowers to card stock for pocket square

After cut­ting a piece of card stock that match­es the suit col­or and fits into the pock­et, start attach­ing flow­ers and green­ery using the flo­ral adhe­sive. Just a lit­tle bit of glue on the stem. Wait a few sec­onds to let it get tacky and then place onto the card stock. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Let the glue dry for about 30 min­utes and then cov­er with tape. You can use any type of tape as long as it cov­ers the glue so the glue won’t stick to the fab­ric of the suit. We used clear tape here to show you the final stems, but to make a neater pre­sen­ta­tion, use col­ored duct tape or flo­ral tape. that match­es the suit col­or or com­ple­ments the flow­ers. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Live Floral Pocket Square

The fin­ished flo­ral pock­et square fea­tures Eryn­gium, an almond pod and wax flower. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.teen

Flower Tool: S‑Shaped Hooks AKA S Hooks

By Flower Duet

S-Hooks

S Hooks are an essen­tial ele­ment for hang­ing flo­ral sprays and gar­lands in a flash dur­ing wed­ding setups.

Met­al S‑shaped hooks are an essen­tial tool to help hang up flo­ral sprays and gar­lands in a flash on a Chup­pah, Arch or oth­er struc­ture.

Always have a bunch of these in your flo­ral kit you take with you to have on site dur­ing a flo­ral instal­la­tion.

These also come in handy if you have to throw a rib­bon or rope over a tree branch or beam to hang some­thing from. They make the per­fect weight to attach to the end of rope to las­so your way to a suc­cess­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed event.

How to Use: 

  • First, attach a zip tie to the struc­ture where you want to hang gar­land or flo­ral spray a lit­tle high­er than you need the flow­ers to hang.
  • Hang S‑hook onto the zip tie.
  • Hang the gar­land twine or flo­ral spray notch onto the S hook and “voila!”
Flower Duet's Floral Styling Workshop Floral Spray #FinishWithFlowers

Flo­ral sprays are easy to attach using zip ties and S Hooks. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Flower Book: The Flower Chef  by Carly Cylinder

The Flower Chef Book

The Flower Chef Book

We are so pleased to endorse a new book by a fel­low Los Ange­les flo­ral design­er col­league, Car­ly Cylin­der.

Her new DIY flower arrang­ing book, The Flower Chef, is full of won­der­ful tips and tricks for the flower enthu­si­ast who needs guid­ance on how to get start­ed mak­ing beau­ti­ful mod­ern flo­ral designs.

Car­ly’s warm per­son­al­i­ty shines through in her 200+ page book. I had the plea­sure of meet­ing Car­ly in per­son at the San Fran­sis­co Flower & Gar­den show in March after years of email cor­re­spon­dence. Car­ly shares our pas­sion to share the knowl­edge of flow­ers and flo­ral design and her book proves it!

From Ama­zon:

THE FLOWER CHEF is a mod­ern, com­pre­hen­sive guide to flo­ral design that caters to all readers–from begin­ners who have nev­er worked with flow­ers before and are look­ing for a new cre­ative out­let, to dec­o­ra­tors, par­ty plan­ners and pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing to liv­en up their spaces. Even pro­fes­sion­als will find ways to update their tech­niques! This book teach­es you every­thing you need to know about flower arrang­ing includ­ing tips on how to buy and care for flow­ers, how to cut and pre­pare them, and how to use flo­ral foam, vas­es, and var­i­ous oth­er dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments in your arrange­ments. Filled with beau­ti­ful pho­tographs and easy-to-fol­low instruc­tions on how to cre­ate over 80 dif­fer­ent arrange­ments, this is the go-to guide to flo­ral design that every flower lover will want to add to their col­lec­tion.”

Where to pur­chase: At your local book­store or online.

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!