December 2011 Newsletter

Floral Trends - Volume 21

2011 Flower Lover Gift Guide

We hope your holiday shopping is going well after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are a few more cyber offerings for the people who like florally inspired creations. Check out each photo from its website and click on the direct links below the photo gallery to the items you like!

Here are the links to each gift idea: (All photos are credited from each website).

Airplant Wall Tile from
Felted Wool Wreath from
Floral iPad cover from
Floral Toolset from
Flower Arranging DVD from
Flower Seed Cards from
Flowery Ornaments from
Garden Bouquet Wall Calendar from
Gift Certificates from
Glass Jar Vase from
Honeysuckle Body Butter from
Hooked Flower Pillow from
How-To Make Flower Novelties from
Moss Terrarium Bottle from
Personlized Cards from
Phoebe Door Mat from
Preston Bailey Flowers from
Succulent Turtle from
Sunprint Kit from
Wine Cork Wreath from
Wool Felt Flowers from
Flower Arranging DVD from

2011 Advent Calendar of Holiday Flower Ideas

Starting on December 1, 2011, Flower Duet will offer 25 days of Holiday floral ideas via our Facebook page. Join the coversation and learn about traditional ideas for wreaths, garlands, swags and bouquets. You’ll also get ideas for Chanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s celebrations, too! Join us on and on @flowerduet.
Advent Calendar

2011 and 2012 Floral Design Class Schedule

2012 Classes
We are offering four holiday floral design classes this month and a tour of the LA Floral District – a sure bet to get you fired up for the holidays and take any pressure away from shopping trips! Join us for these classes and don’t forget to hint to a friend or spouse that you’d love a Flower Duet Gift Certificate for a class in your stocking! See our Flower Workshop page for more information.

Botanical Gardens Light it Up for the Holiday Season

by Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz

US Botanic garden
There are so many places to visit and enjoy blooming flowers and plants in the United States. During the holiday season, botanical gardens around the country feature glorious floral displays, light shows, teas, and family concerts.

We decided to feature at least one place you can visit in each state and Washington, DC, where you can take your family and be wowed by beauty and fun! We chose a few extra in California and Virginia since we’ve lived in both places. We hope we can visit every one of these fabulous places. Let us know if you go and tell us what you thought on Facebook.

United States Botanic Garden during the Holiday Season. Source:


Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham
Visit this garden on Dec. 4th, 2011 for a jolly collection of Holiday stories, songs, and sing-a-longs to warm your heart and jump-start your holiday!


Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage
This garden offers a peaceful sanctuary for outdoor recreation and wellness activities. The ABG nature trails are a great place to walk, hike, “botanize”, birdwatch, snowshoe, ski, or simply appreciate nature, year-round.

Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks
Check out Alaska’s newest agricultural industry- fresh cut peonies, an export market that started right here at the GBG and now is a statewide industry. This is the northernmost botanical garden in North America!


Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
The Valley’s best holiday event comes to life at the garden with more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and 10 musical groups performing nightly. Luminaria offers guests a choice of 22 nights in December, including dates between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.


Garvan Woodland Garden in Hot Springs
More than 1.8 million holiday lights will illuminate Garvan Woodland Gardens from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening, transforming the woodland landscape into a winter wonderland of delight. The display is one of Arkansas’ most impressive holiday events. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free.


Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia (near Los Angeles)
Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species. This month it offers a wreath making workshop and other events.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino (near Los Angeles)
More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas. Flower Duet teaches here each month and if you are a member, you get to attend special holiday events. Membership is a wonderful thing for families.

The South Coast Botanic Garden in Rolling Hills Estates (near Los Angeles).

Called, “The Jewel of the Peninsula”, this expansive garden is located just 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport. December events include gingerbread workshops, a gift show, and a holiday concert. On the evening of Thursday, December 8th, local artists and vendors will be showcasing their items for all your holiday needs and there will be the TWIST burger truck to feed the shopping crowd. Vendors will be giving a portion of their sales to benefit South Coast Botanic Garden.

Balboa Park in San Diego
Check out the Pointsettia displays! Not to be missed!

San Francisco Botanical Garden in San Francisco
On December 10th, they offer a holiday wreath making workshop. Reserve your space now!


Denver Botanical Garden in Denver
Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. Over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens winter beauty. Romantic and popular kissing spots will return, as well as the always anticipated HoloSpex glasses.


Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford
The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens features 91 acres of open, green space located on the historical property of well-known arborist Dr. Francis A. Bartlett.


Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”), offers a Yuletide tour that will transport you to Christmases of old.

District of Columbia

United States Botanic Garden on the National Mall
The U.S. Botanic Garden’s annual holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings, runs November 24, 2011, through January 2, 2012. Stop by the Conservatory to enjoy the fragrant conifers and other evergreens used for wreaths and holiday trees, and see how mistletoe, poinsettia, oaks and other plants have contributed to the time-honored holiday.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Presents “Holiday Splendor at the Payne Mansion.” The Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will expand the scope of its popular Holiday Showhouse in the Mansion for 2011, decking the entire first floor with stunning holiday décor.


Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta
Experience the Garden as never before when it is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland!


National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai and Maui
If you happen to live in Hawaii or are traveling there for your holiday break, these gardens are a sure bet for beauty and tranquility.


Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise
Join us for the 15th Annual Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden and see our dazzling display of nearly 250,000 sparkling lights artfully displayed throughout the holiday season. Fun for people of all ages, Winter Garden aGlow is a tradition-building activity!


Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago
The garden offers a winter wonderland of garden-scale trains, lights, horticultural displays, and miniature versions of Chicago landmarks and special holiday events, including Breakfast and Supper with Santa and a Hanukkah Dinner.


Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden in Indianapolis
Enjoy the holiday train and poinsettia show during an evening reception with holiday treats. Take time from the hustle and bustle to relax with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the warmth and beauty of our tropical Conservatory alive with the twinkle of lights!


Des Moines Botanical and Evironmental Center in Des Moines
The Botanical Center is all decorated for the holidays! Come down and enjoy our fun, festive showbeds in the Dome!


Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Overland Park
Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods and around the ponds at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. Hear and enjoy the holiday festive music and see the beautiful lighted displays.


Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington
Don’t miss the Lighting on the Lawn and A Dickens Christmas.


New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans
Originally known as the City Park Rose Garden, the garden opened in 1936 as New Orleans’ first public classical garden.


Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park in Ellsworth
Tour Woodlawn and see splendid Victorian decorations while hearing a special audio tour presentation on the history of Christmas at Woodlawn.


Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
The Garden of Lights, a secular light show, now in its 15th season, is a popular family tradition in the Washington, DC area drawing close to 40,000 visitors each winter.


Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge
Check out the Holiday Marketplace early in December.


Dow Gardens in Midland
Get ready for another beautiful winter evening walk in Dow Gardens. Paths will again be lined with candle luminaries, lights will adorn several trees, and choirs will be performing at various stops along the way.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum announces “Making Spirits Bright,” a holiday season brimming with merriment, music and make-believe. Visitors will find 12 spectacular storybook-themed decorated trees, surrounded by storytime seating, in the Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Building


Rosalie Mansion in Natchez
Registered National Landmark offers daily tours. This Federal-style mansion in Natchez was built in 1823 near the site of the former French fort of the same name.


Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Today, 152 years after opening, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science and conservation, education, and horticultural display – widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world.


Tizer Botanical Garden and Arboretum in Jefferson City
Not open from Oct-March. For a listing of other December Holiday events throughout Montana, visit the Winter Montana website.


Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha’s Botanical Center in Omaha
More than 5,600 poinsettia plants are grown in Lauritzen Gardens’ greenhouses starting as early as July for this annual holiday show. This spectacular exhibit includes a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, beautifully decorated holiday trees, antique sleighs and several passenger and freight model trains.


Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Join our archaeologist for 2 hours along the banks of the Las Vegas Creek here at the Preserve. You’ll help unearth valley history under our cottonwoods!

New Hampshire

Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth
Stroll through life in a simpler time as the history of American holiday traditions unfolds around you. Bring the whole family for a wholesome stroll through the sights, sounds, & smells of New England’s favorite holiday season.

New Jersey

Macculoch Hall Historial Museum in Morristown
Lots of holiday-themed events inlcuding a Civil-war Christmas and vintage images of Santa Claus!

New Mexico

Rio Grande Botanical Garden in Albuquerque
“Make plans now for the River of Lights, a holiday display of animated sculptures and more at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

The event continues through Dec. 30.”

New York

Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn
Always a plethora of things to do at the BBG! Follow them on Facebook or Twitter.and you won’t be disappointed!

North Carolina

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont
Tour Holiday Lights, enjoy a holiday tea, make a wreath or meet Santa! All of this happens at this wonderful garden.

North Dakota

International Peace Garden in Dunseith
The Floral Clock, 18 feet in diameter, is a popular attraction at the International Peace Garden, and displays a unique floral design each year. The number of plants on the clock can range from 2,000 to 5,000, depending on the type of plant and design on the face of the clock.


The Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland
For the 2011 holiday season, the Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibit of large gingerbread houses with window vignettes, designed by the Garden’s affiliate garden clubs.


Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in Oklahoma City
Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre, nationally recognized garden featuring an architectural treasure, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory – an amazing 224-foot long circular jungle graced with towering palm trees, exotic plantings, crashing waterfalls and abundant animal life.


The Oregon Garden in Silverton
The Oregon Garden welcomes visitors with more than 20 specialty gardens and features. You’ll discover waterfalls, quiet ponds, fountains, a unique display of conifers, the 400-year old Signature Oak, a Northwest Garden, a pet garden, beautiful vistas and art.


Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh
Join Phipps and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Thurs., Dec. 8, 2011 in celebrating the holidays with Nutcracker, Sweet! – a special family-friendly event bringing together the beauty of our 1893 Victorian glasshouse with the magic of The Nutcracker ballet.

Rhode Island

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol
Visit to celebrate this year’s theme “Gifts of Nature” which recognizes the wonderfully diverse elements of nature as they honor the VanWickle family’s love of the outdoors.

South Carolina

Middleton Place in Charleston
Celebrate the season with special performances by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House. Christmas 1860 by candlelight will be offered as well as some family Yuletide events in December.

South Dakota

McCrory Gardens and Arboredum in Brookings
McCrory Gardens is a botanical garden operated and maintained by the Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape and Parks Department of South Dakota State Universit


Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville
Santa Saturdays begin today at Cheekwood and Christmas trees in the Mansion, live music every Saturday and Sunday – there’s so much to see and do!


South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Corpus Christi
Showcasing a unique blend of colorful, exotic floral exhibits bordered with vast conserved areas of native habitat and natural wetlands.


Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City
The Garden offers walking paths through 11 themed gardens and nearly four miles of hiking trials.


Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester
Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester, VT.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a magical place with wonderful holiday events including festive dinners!

Mount Vernon in Alexandria
George Washington’s home has always been a family favorite – open on Christmas and always decorated for Christmas. “Mrs. Washington” hosts an enchanting evening of candlelit tours, fireside Christmas caroling, and samples of hot cider and ginger cookies.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna
One of Flower Duet’s mother’s loved gardens. Check out their wreath making workshops early in the month of December.

Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk
Warm up with a tasty cookie and a warm cup of hot chocolate while you listen to a reading of the Polar Express, then take a tram ride through the Dominion Garden of Lights Holiday display.

Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg
Go back in time to the earliest of Christmas celebrations in the United States to Colonial Williamsburg. I can smell the hot spiced apple cider now!

Monticello in Charlottesville
Thomas Jefferson was a great president, statesman and one of our country’s founding gardeners! Make a wreath or run a’s all happening at Monticello!


Yakima Area Arboredum and Botanical Garden in Yakima
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Yakima Area Arboretum’s annual Luminaria candle-lit walk, arguably the grandest Luminaria walk in the Pacific Northwest. Over a 1000 candles line a mile long pathway through the wintry landscape of the Yakima Area Arboretum.

West Virginia

Ogelbay Resort in Wheeling
Since 1985 the Winter Festival of Lights has been delighting visitors of all ages! This annual holiday light show is one of the nation’s largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort.


Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay
People of all ages come to WPS Garden of Lights each year to experience the magic of the holiday season as the Garden’s winter wonderland glows with over 250,000 LED lights.

Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison
On Sundays in December, warm up the winter day with festive holiday music during Olbrich’s Holiday Concert Series.


Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Cheyenne
A full schedule of all holiday crafts for all traditions are offered at this garden in December.

Flower Duet’s Succulent Nursery Update

Succulent Bouquet Plants
Last month we featured the new succulent nursery we started. Each month we’ll talk about our progress and let you know what we’ve learned along the way in case you want to start your own succulent garden at home.
Flowers and Succulents

Small leaves are beginning to sprout new growth.
Succulent Pallets

More Pallets are ready to be painted and take on new plants.
Succulent Plants

Our little nursery is expanding quickly!

Book Review

Fresh Flower Arranging

Decorating with Evergreens by Robert Waite. Full of beautiful inspirational photos, this book is packed with ideas for decorating for the fall holidays. Fresh flowers, fruit, and live greenery are combined to create beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands, centerpieces, Christmas trees, and more.


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