August 2013 Newsletter

Floral Design Lecture on August 11, 2013 at South Coast Botanic Garden

Summer Flowers at Market

Flower Duet will demonstrate how to design flowers in a large scale arrangement at the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Flower Duet appears as guest lecturers at our local botanical garden where we’ll talk about how to choose fresh flowers from the market or garden, how to condition them, make them last a long time in a vase and how to combine different flowers of the season. Contact them to sign up: The South Coast Botanic Garden
South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Sunday, August 11, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Phone: (310) 544-1948

Cost: $25 members / $35 non-members

All-in-One Wedding Venues in Palos Verdes

by Flower Duet

Lisa at Trump

Bride reacts after she and husband to be see each other for first time on their wedding day at Trump National Golf Club. Flower Duet created this bouquet with white Peonies, Keira Garden Roses and Vendela Roses. Photo by: Kit Wertz

The Palos Verdes Peninsula located in the South Bay of Los Angeles is home to some of the loveliest wedding venues in Southern California. We love creating flowers and decorations for weddings right here in our own backyard. All of these venues offer services to host the ceremony and reception together. Not only is it handy for us, it is nice for your guests too.

Trump National Golf Club


Along the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes is Trump National Golf Club which offers lovely dining, a great golf course and two options for weddings. Small parties have a striking view from the second floor Trump Room. For large parties of 200, the lovely Grand Ballroom will wow all your guests.

This is a favorite lunch spot for Kit and her kids and we often bring family and other guests visiting us in Los Angeles to Trump to enjoy the food and view.

The staff is warm and friendly and the on-site coordinators can handle your every need. Full-service catering is included in each wedding package. Contact the Trump National Golf Club for details.

Lisa Ballroom at Trump
Aisle looking toward Trump
At Trump

Featured above is a recent wedding where Flower Duet provided all the floral designs from the bride’s bouquet (see photo at top of article) to the aisle and the ballroom centerpieces. We used Hydrangea, Roses, Garden Roses, and Sweetheart Roses.

La Venta Inn

La Venta Inn Lawn

Overlooking the South Bay coastline high on the hill in Palos Verdes Estates is La Venta Inn. With views of Santa Monica Bay and its coastal cities, this is a top-notch wedding and private event venue operated by New York Food Company. It has historical significance, too! As one of the first buildings on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it became a famous black-tie restaurant in the 1920s and in the 1930s, a weekend tourist retreat for such notable people as Tyrone Power, Cary Grant and Gloria Swanson. During World War II, La Venta’s tower was utilized as a lookout for the US Coast Guard.

We can attest that the food is wonderful, service is lovely and each wedding package includes catering, valet parking and dressing rooms for the bridal party. Kit was married here, so we have a special bond with this place. Contact La Venta Inn for details.

La Venta Lawn
La Venta Arch
La Venta Reception

Above are photos of one of the many weddings we’ve provided florals for at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates. We used Garden Roses, Amaranthus, Mums, Lisianthus, Roses, Spray Roses and more for these designs.


South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden Fountain

In Rolling Hills Estates, the South Coast Botanic Garden features two wide expanses of lawn and gardens with gazebos for weddings and garden receptions. After doing many weddings there as floral vendors, we are pleased to be floral design instructors for their education workshops. This month, on August 11, we’ll be lecturing and demonstrating summer floral designs and in the fall we’ll offer two more seasonal classes for the garden floral designer as well as aspiring florist. NOTE: Catering must be hired separately to set up at this venue which would include tables, chairs, linens, food and beverages. Contact South Coast Botanic Garden for details.

Below are two different weddings where we provided the floral designs at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. The top wedding was a wildflower wedding and the last photo featured succulent plants in all the designs.

Wildflower Wedding
Wildflower Wedding Reception
Succulent Wedding


The Pacific Ridge

Pacific Ridge View

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and canyons of Palos Verdes, The Pacific Ridge’s beautiful grounds and facilities are a gorgeous setting for your wedding or other celebration. Their facilities can be set up to suit your taste and needs. In addition to weddings, they offer space for commitment ceremonies, recitals and performances, meetings, retreats, memorials, parties and more. NOTE: Clients for this venue must provide their own catering. Companies are recommended by the venue. Flower Duet can also offer a number of wedding planners who can help. Contact Pacific Ridge for more information.

Pacific Ridge Courtyard
The Pacific Ridge has a gorgeous view and offers a warm embrace to anyone looking to have a commitment ceremony or wedding. Not pictured here is a lovely Meditation Garden with an unbeatable view that is perfect for small and medium-sized ceremonies.

Palos Verdes Golf Club

Nestled within the city of Palos Verdes Estates is an 18-hole golf course and the historical Palos Verdes Golf Club. Its clubhouse is open for non-members to hold private events and offers a lovely wedding lawn and gazebo with views of the golf course and ocean. The clubhouse is also open to the public for most meals so you can check it out as a possible venue for your event. Contact the event manager at the Palos Verdes Golf Club for more information.

PV Golf Club Arch
PV Golf Club Ballroom
PV Golf Club Wedding Cake
PVGC Bride
PVGC Bride Back
PVGC Groom
PVGC Entrance

Founded in 1924, this Mediterranean style clubhouse gem in Palos Verdes Estates is the second oldest buidling next to La Venta Inn. It underwent an $11,000,000 renovation in 2007 restoring it to its 1924 design with an understated yet elegantly appointed early California interior. For the wedding featured in these photos, we used Garden Roses, Roses, Amaranthus and China Mums.

Terranea Resort

Terranea Entrance
Along the coast on the site of the former Marineland of the Pacific is Terranea, a sprawling luxury resort on the cliffs of the ocean. Covering 102 acres, the resort offers over 500 rooms, including bungalows, casitas and villas. The resort also features an award-winning, 9-hole par 3 golf course, a spa, three ocean-view pools and numerous cozy restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges.

There are many different beautiful wedding areas on the property for you and your guests. There are full-service ballrooms as well as intimate dining areas and private terraces for smaller parties. Learn more from the catering managers at Terranea Resort.

View of Terranea Pool
Terranea Sunflower Rehearsal Dinner by Flower Duet

Pictured above are some amazing shots of Terranea and its vistas. The bottom photo shows the setup for a recent wedding rehearsal dinner. The groom’s mother wanted all Sunflower centerpieces. We added some Seeded Eucalyptus and Solidago to each design. Each 6×6 inch cube held an Aspidestra leaf, 15 Sunflowers, 6-8 Solidago and 1 stem of Eucalyptus which was divided to round out the design.

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is so much more than a place to watch whales, learn about the history of the PV peninsula and Marineland of the Pacific. It’s an unknown venue that is open to the public during the day, but can be all yours at night.

NOTE: Clients for this venue must provide their own catering. Companies are recommended by the venue. Flower Duet can also offer a number of wedding planners who can help. Here is their facility rental information brochure.

PVIC Sunset
PVIC Ceremony
PVIC Just Married
PVIC Reception

We’ve had many recent weddings here and can recommend it for those who want a natural setting to themselves. Here are some photos from a wedding we did last October.

Los Verdes Golf Club

Los Verdes Golf Club
The Los Verdes Golf Course offers breathtaking ocean views of Catalina Island and a full-service operation for the ceremony and reception.

We did one of our first weddings here that had over 250 guests back in the year 2000! The bride’s mother threw a flower party for her daughter’s bridemaids, aunts, grandmothers and family friends. We instructed them to make the centerpieces for the wedding, then delivered them to Los Verdes. At the wedding, all the ladies came up to Kit and swore they she had “fixed” them before placing them on each table (because they all looked so good). But, truth be told, we had no time for that.

Learn more from Los Verdes Event Services.

View from Los Verdes
Los Verdes is very spacious and offers wonderful ocean and golf course views for receptions and ceremonies.


Rolling Hills Country Club

Rolling Hills Country Club

Photo from Rolling Hills Country Club
Located in Rolling Hills Estates, the exclusive Rolling Hills Country Club is well-located on beautiful green hills and surrounded by white rail fences that reflects the nearby horse trails.

Elegance. Sophistication. Style. Rolling Hills offers its venue for more than just weddings! From engagement party to bridal shower, rehearsal dinner to wedding ceremony and reception, and each happy anniversary and milestone moment that follows, they offer a unique experience for each event.

Learn more from Rolling Hills Country Club Catering at 310-326-4343, ext.233.

View of wedding spot at RHCC
Photo from Rolling Hills Country Club

Rolling Hills Country Club is a hideaway located within the city of Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.



The Seasonal Bouquet Project LIVE | 10.21 & 10.22 | Philadelphia


Last month we featured flower schools of the world. This month, we’d like to feature a floral workshop to be held on the East Coast this fall. The August workshop on the West Coast is sold out.

From the Seasonal Bouquet website:

“What started as a fairly simple creative challenge between two friends has become a tremendously popular floral design blog dedicated to showcasing artful, seasonal designs crafted exclusively with locally-grown materials.

Now it’s time to take the show on the road!

Join Jennie Love and Erin Benzakein for two incredible, flower-filled days in historic Philadelphia this autumn. Immerse yourself into all-things seasonal and share your passion with other flower die-hards. Jennie and Erin will dish all the dirt and answer all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask. You’ll walk away empowered to make smart decisions for your business and your life.”

Book Recommendation: Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties

Succulents Simplified Flowers Book Cover

Flower Duet is pleased to be featured in Debra Lee Baldwin’s new book, Succulents Simplified. A few years ago, Debra contacted us about some of our succulent and floral designs we had featured on our site and now we are part of her new book!

Debra has so much to share with her readers and shows how to choose which succulent varieties are easy to grow and how to arrange them into living art designs.

Succulent Chair by Debra Lee Baldwin
Succulents take on a life of their own when they are combined together in living tapestries and mosaics in Debra’s book. Be inspired by her many step-by-step projects inside the book.

From Amazon: “Succulents Simplified is a complete primer on choosing, growing and designing with succulents. Along with gorgeous photos packed with design ideas, Debra offers her top 100 plant picks and explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style.”

Succulent Fountain by Debra Lee Baldwin

Floral Design Tool: Bud Vase Transport Idea

Pictured above is a collection of bud vases we made for a wedding reception on the campus of UCLA. We made over 100 bud bases for this wedding and there were five on each table with Delphinium, Sunflower, Spray Roses, Mums and Lisianthus.

Flower Duet has been delivering bud vases with fresh flowers to a local restaurant for a couple of years. It sounds simple enough, until you break down the logistics of swapping out 20 vases. Each swap includes cleaning vases, pitching old flowers, filling with new ones, many trips from the car and time in the restaurant service area which can be rather tight and busy. So… we simplified the process.

First, we have twice as many vases as we need so we are able swap out the old with the new quickly. The trouble was trying to find the best way to transport 20 vases. Carting four at a time from the car takes too much time.

This organizing tool for socks for drawers is a perfect fit! We popped it into a stacking organizing bin and created a waterproof, all-in-one carrier and “no-fall-over” holder for vases.

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