August 2012 Newsletter

London 2012 Olympic Ceremony Bouquets

by Kit Wertz

2012 Olympic Bouquet

Medal Ceremonies in London

By now you’ve probably seen a few medal ceremonies for the winners at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Have you noticed the cute little posies that each Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist receives? Here are a few facts about the flowers and greenery used and how to make one yourself with no Olympic training required.

Jane Packer’s Legacy of Flowers

Legendary florist Jane Packer passed away last year, but her legacy lives on during the London Olympics. The floral company that bears her name was awarded the winning design for the ceremony bouquets that each Olympic medalist will receive during the 2012 games.

All the flowers featured in the bouquet will be grown in Great Britain and floristry students from around the country will make the 4,400 victory bouquets for each ceremony. (Photo by

Floral Symbolism in the London Olympic Bouquet

London Olympic Logo Pin
The bouquet is designed to look like the Olympic logo for the London games and features flowers found in Great Britain.


“The Victory Bouquet was designed by our creative director, Susan Lapworth, to reflect the energy and vibrancy of the London 2012 Games. The bouquet is sectioned into boldly coloured quadrants to mirror the 2012 logo. These are separated by typical British food ingredients which also provide an eclectic fragrance.”


How to Make an Olympic Bouquet – London 2012

The 2012 London Olympic Ceremony bouquets are made using a hand-tied technique. We show you, step-by-step, how to create a classic hand-tied bouquet in our floral design DVD – available for sale at We are offering a 20% discount in honor of the 2012 Olympic games for all of August 2012.

Here are the number of stems for each flower you’ll need to recreate these bouquets and some notes on types of roses you can use to recreate the look. Enjoy watching the games and the medal ceremonies.

Flower Recipe for the 2012 Olympic Bouquet:

3 Pink Rose Stems – Substitute “Aqua” with “Aerobic” or “Light Orlando” roses.

3 Yellow Rose Stems – Substitute “Illios” with “Gold Strike” or “Nikita” roses.

3 Orange Rose Stems – Substitute “Marie Claire” with “Orange Unique” or “Sari” roses.

3 Green Rose Stems – Substitute “Wimbledon” with “Limbo,” “Green Tea,” or “Jade” roses.

12-15 English Lavender Stems

6 Rosemary Stems

6 Apple Mint Stems (NOTE: Some Mint tends to wilt quickly. Make sure you find out from your grower how long it will last out of water.)

9 Wheat Stems

TIP: Group each rose set by bundling them with a small rubber band before adding them to the bouquet. This method helps keep the “color-blocked” stems in place when you are creating a hand-tied bouquet.

Yellow Floral Trend Seen in Current Wedding Season

by Casey Schwartz

Yellow Gray Trend in Wedding Flowers
We are heavily into the wedding season and three of the last four weddings have featured a new color combo – yellow and gray! The yellow color can be soft and buttery or vibrant like the August sunshine. The gray comes from plants like Dusty Miller, Succulent rosettes and Scabiosa pods. This month, we are featuring a variety of ideas to incorporate yellow into your summer bouquets or home decoration. Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for more ideas on how to have fun with yellow florals.

Billy Ball Bouts
These are Billy Ball boutonnières accented with the “seed pods” from Seeded Eucalyptus leaves. This is a classic view of the yellow and gray theme we are seeing a lot of these days.
Bridal Bouquet with Large White Poppy
Here is a recent wedding where the bride wanted us to integrate this plate-sized white poppy into the bouquet. We also used Peach Finesse Roses, Scabiosa, Dusty Miller, Astilbe, Billy Balls and white spray roses.
Gray White Yellow bouquets
Here is a recent wedding where we used China Mums for the large white and yellow flowers. We accented the yellow and gray bridesmaids bouquets with Billy Balls, Solidago, and Dusty Miller.
Lemon Slice FlowersLemons inside Vase
Adding lemons to your floral design is a great way to add yellow to the mix. Pictured above at left is a cut lemon slice used in the design instead of a flower. We treated the lemon slice with some sugar to help preserve it. Just dip the slice in some sugar and let it soak it up. This will help keep the lemon slice looking good for that big event. Pictured above right are whole lemons inside a vase. When working with whole fruit inside a vase, it’s best to keep the number of stems inside the vase to a minimum and make sure your design is bundled so the stems are nice and tidy.
Lots of Yellow Flowers
Yellow flowers that always go well together and that you can purchase all year long include this collection of (from left to right): Sunflowers, Mums, Solidago, and Roses.

Movies We Love About Florists

by Kit and Casey

It’s August…it’s hot… and when we relax, we love a good movie that features beautiful flowers. Yes, sounds crazy that we would even want to look at more flowers – as if we cannot get enough every day! But, we thought it would be fun to list some of our favorite movies that feature florists as the main character. What follows is lots of pretty pictures of floral shops and florists who look way too gorgeous all the time (we are talking about you Ashton and Jennifer).

So sit back, relax and enjoy the flowers. Of course, we had to include “Seymour” – the luckless florist from the great musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. We love the catchy theme song from this musical and totally forgot the movie featured Steve Martin as the crazy dentist! This is a great movie for popcorn. “Feed me, Seymour!”

Valentine’s Day (2010)

Valentine’s Day

Packed with the hot stars of today including Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, George Lopez, and Bradley Cooper, we chose this movie by director Gary Marshall because of hunky florist, Ashton Kutcher. What is not to love about that? This is one of those movies that has many stories going on at the same time and some of them intertwine. It’s easy to watch because all the stars are so likeable and of course, we get to see lots of flowers during the movie.

Love Happens (2009)

Love Happens

Jennifer Aniston plays a gorgeous and well-put together florist who meets Aaron Eckhart’s character in the hotel where she is contracted to provide the lobby and public area floral designs. She also has this amazing floral shop in Seattle. We get to see the shop all throughout the movie which is like getting little doses of eye candy throughout the film. Love these two actors and love the flowers, too.

Bed of Roses (1996)

Bed of Roses

The florist in the movie, Christian Slater, states that he loves to deliver flowers to people, as he loves to see the joy in their faces. We feel that way every time we hand a bride her bouquet, or when our students have successfully created a technique we just taught and that’s why we identify with the florist in this movie. We feel the same way about giving flowers.

This movie introduced lavender roses to the masses. It features hundreds of Sterling Roses. We know that since these roses have a wonderful scent, the movie set must have been very fragrant during these scenes. This amazing purple rose is scarcely seen on the flower market floor as it is a bit pricey and very delicate. Understandably, the florist in this movie cares deeply for the person he is wooing since he is the one who sends the dozens upon dozens of these wonderful roses to the character played by Mary Stuart Masterson.

The first part of the movie is where all the flower action occurs and the second half is a lot of drama, but it’s a good love story and it’s worth watching again.

Flower Girl (2009)

Hallmark Channel Flower Girl

Both Casey and our Mom love this movie that plays often on the Hallmark Channel. Right now, you cannot get it on DVD, so you’ll just have to wait until it airs again.

From Hallmark: “Florist Laurel Haverford (Marla Sokoloff) is beginning to doubt she’ll ever meet the man who will ride up on horseback and sweep her off her feet. Her grandmother, Rose Durham (Marion Ross), on the other hand, hasn’t given up hope, and continues to try, however unsuccessfully, to fix Laurel up with the perfect man. Her best friend Brooke (Brook Kerr) thinks Laurel is just attracted to the wrong men, ones who aren’t looking to settle down. Then, by chance, two different men are both actively interested in Laurel – the charming Dr. Evan Cooper (Terry Maratos) and the mysterious writer Stephen Banks (Kieren Hutchison).”

A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (2008)

A Very Merry Daughter
A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride

Okay, this movie is not about a florist, but we like this actress a lot and she plays a wedding planner in this movie. Again, this is a very lightweight movie and it does take place during the winter holidays, but a fun watch anytime!

From Lifetime: “A twenty-something wedding planner disapproves of her forty-something widowed mother’s whirlwind romance. Her mother has been a devoted single parent, but now she wants to create a fulfilling new life for herself. Unable to stop the wedding, the daughter decides to take control of it, and hopefully find a way to persuade her mother this is a bad idea.”


Bee Movie (2007)

Bee Movie

Whether or not you are a fan of Jerry Seinfeld who voices the main honeybee character in this animated film, this movie still has some cute moments and features a florist (voiced by Renée Zellweger) who helps the bees out.

From “Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) is your average honeybee. Despite having recently received his diploma from bee college and being virtually guaranteed a bright future in honey, Barry feels he has the skills to pursue a number of different career paths and resents the fact that his employment opportunities are strictly limited to producing the sweet nectar. Upon breaking away from the hive and developing a friendship with an insect-loving New York florist (voice of Renée Zellweger), Barry makes the shocking discovery that human beings eat honey in mass quantities.”

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut [Blu-ray]

Okay, so this movie is a bit of a departure from the rest of the movies we talk about; however, it still does feature a love story. The shop leaves a lot to be desired on the side of ambiance, but the songs are catchy and it features some of the best comedic actors of the 1980s with Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy and Rick Moranis.

From “Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?”


FREE Video: How to Create a Tall Floral Design using the Grid Technique

Check out the latest video in our YouTube channel

We continue to add more free videos to our YouTube channel. Casey appeared on behalf of Flower Duet for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons of Creative Living, which air on PBS stations across the country. We are able to air these segments with the permission of Creative Living via our channel on YouTube!

This month, Casey shows Sheryl Borden from Creative Living How to create a Tall Floral Design using the Grid Method to keep stems in place.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel: fashioningflowers so you’ll know when we’ve uploaded a new show!

Book Review: To Catch a Leaf

To Catch a Leaf Book by Kate Collins
A Flower Shop Mystery Series by Kate Collins

It’s August and time for some light summer reading. Before you head to the beach or lake for your vacation, pick up a few books by Kate Collins.

Her mystery series featuring florist detective Abby Knight is a fun escape from the everyday routine. She is a very likable florist and person; however, we sometimes might question a few of the floral combinations she chooses.

From Book 1: Abby Knight is the proud owner of her hometown flower shop, but a new low-cost competitor is killing her profits-and a black SUV just rammed her vintage Corvette in a hit-and-run. She’s determined to track down the driver, but when the trail turns deadly, the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.

If you get hooked, there are 18 books in the series so far and more to come! Happy reading!

Read on at

Floral Design Tool: Aprons by One Way or Another

Apron KitWhy Wear These Aprons?

Wearing an apron while you are creating floral designs or setting up for an event is a smart idea.

  • These aprons have pockets which are perfect to carry tools like cutters and zip ties. The pockets are also handy for stashing stray petals that fall under the arch when you just finished decorating it for a wedding ceremony!
  • These aprons are reversbible. You get two aprons in one so that if one side get’s dirty, you can just flip it! Or, if one side goes better with the theme of your dinner party or floral event, just wear that side.
  • These aprons keep you clean and make you look official. When you are wearing an apron, be ready for everyone to ask you questions since they’ll think you are in charge (which of course, you will be).

Apron Casey

Where to Purchase
These can be purchased online at These aprons are excellent choices because they are reversible and are made of premium 100% cotton fabric. All of them have been pre-washed which means there is little shrinkage. All also feature extra long ties for a perfect fit every time. These wonderful aprons are actually made by our mom, Christine Coleman, and we each have several that we use for cooking and floral design.

Apron Mom

Our Very Talented Mom! Pictured above.


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