July 2013 Newsletter

Around the World in 80 days Floral Style … Paris, London, Hong Kong

by Casey Schwartz

Amsterdam Flower Market
Flower Market in Amsterdam

It may take 80 days for one to travel and attend all the flower schools we have listed here. Why not book a trip somewhere you have not been and attend flower school? When you look for a travel destination for flower schools, you get to see the sights and learn something new.

The flower schools in Hong Kong and Singapore would offer a dramatic Asian look compared to the European styles of Paris and London. Imagine the skills and techniques you would come away with after having attended just one of these great establishments.

I have had the pleasure of visiting most of these cities while working aboard the Sea Goddess ship during my previous career with Cunard. During two of those seven years, i was tasked with creating and maintaining the large scale arrangements onboard. I learned floral design in the less traditional way of trial and error. I would have loved to have popped into any of these schools for even just a two-hour class.

Flower Duet’s classes and private instruction have drawn students from all over Southern California, Arizona, Virginia, Canada and as far as Egypt. Kit and I love to teach and we pack a lot of information and techniques into our two-hour lessons. We also offer custom combination private classes in the event you are looking for a more defined path to a new career or skill set.

If we don’t list a school below, it doesn’t mean you cannot find one in the place you are going. Get creative with your Google search and look for “flower design class in (city)” and you should find something. Many florists are offering classes in addition to their deisgn work, so if you admire a certain florist in the city you are visiting, then inquire whether or not they offer workshops or even private lessons. Let us know if you take a class anywhere in the world and share your experience with us on Facebook. You can never stop learning. Bon Voyage!

World Flower Schools


Flowers Design School


Canadian Institute of Floral Design

Maureen Sullivan Floral Design School

France – Paris

Catherine Muller Flower School

Zita Elze

La Belle Ecole

China – Hong Kong

Hong Kong Academy of Flower Arrangement

Institute de Artflor


Mami Floral Design School


Boerma Institute

New Zealand

Nature’s Art Floral Design School

Bangkok Flower Market
Flower Market in Thailand shows popular jasmine and magnolia garlands. Photo by: Wikipedia Commons

Thailand – Singapore

Nobleman School

United Kingdom

Judith Blacklock Flower School

Jane Packer

Jamie Aston

The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

United States Flower Schools

Massachusettes – Boston

Rittners School of Floral Design

California – Northern and Southern

California Flower Art Academy

Flower Duet

Rene Van Rems

Oregon – Portland

Floral Design Institute

New York – NYC

Dutch Flower School

Flower School New York

Washington – Seattle

Floral Design Institute

Pike Place Seattle Market
Pike Place in Seattle where flower vendors must grow their own flowers in order to sell them at the market. Photo by Joe Mabel.


Wrist Corsage in Five Minutes

by Kit Wertz

Orchid Prom Corsage
Wrist corsage using Oasis Lomey Shimmer Wrap wristlet. This is an excellent option for wrist corsages as it will fit any wrist and won’t fall off!
Wiring corsages during prom season can make your fingers ache for weeks after! So I was more than happy to make the switch to using a little glue and the fun new wristlets available to the professional florist.

Recipe for a the above wrist corsage from this past Prom season:

  • Oasis Lomey Shimmer Wrap Wristlet
  • Lomey Floral Adhesive
  • 2 yards #3 organza ribbon
  • 6-inch #24 gauge wire
  • 3 mini Cymbidium orchids
  • 6-8 Italian Ruscus leaves
  • 1 stem Waxflower
  • 3 white feathers
  • 3 Diamante Pins (to add some requisite bling)
  • Just for Flowers Spray Paint (optional as I used it to paint the silver shimmer wrap pink to go with the prom dress that was also pink)


Step 1: Make the bow.
It’s important to create a bow for the corsage. It adds a lightness to the design and acts as a foundation to hold the flowers and leaves in place.


Make a bow with organza ribbon using wire. Make 5 or 6 loops on each side and secure with wire in middle. Clip wire so that it’s flush to bow.

Step 2: Attach the bow to the wristlet.

Add a little glue to the plastic piece on the wristlet and a little to the back of the bow. Wait 10 seconds for the glue to get tacky, then place on the plastic piece. Hold in place for 10 seconds.

Step 3: Glue on leaves.


Add a little glue the back of each leaf near the base. Wait 10 seconds for the glue to get tacky, then place into the ribbon folds and hold so it sticks for about 10 seconds. Repeat with 5-6 leaves depending on design.

Step 4: Add main flowers.

Add a little glue to the base of flower head, covering it well. Wait 10 seconds for glue to get tacky, then place into your corsage design in a radial fashion. Hold in place. Repeat with each flower. Use 3-5 flowers depending on size.

Step 5: Add filler flowers.

Add a little glue to the base of the filler flowers and wait 10 seconds. Add to the design to cover any holes and hold in place. Repeat with each filler bunch. Use 5-9 filler bunches of flowers depending on size.

Step 6: Spray with Floralife Finishing Touch.

After all the glued pieces have dried (about 5-10 minutes to be safe), spray the flowers with Floralife Finishing Touch Spray to keep them hydrated. Place the wristlet flat in a corsage box and keep cool until delivery. If you don’t have a florist’s cooler, place in the crisper drawer of your fridge, but not with any ripening fruit or vegetables in close proximity (due to ethelyne gas).


Another example of a corsage using spray Roses and individul Delphinium flowers.


Video: How to Make a Florist Bow

Each month we like to feature a video how-to that we have created. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel: fashioningflowers so you’ll know when we’ve uploaded a new show of our own!

This month we are very busy with weddings, so we are featuring a video by Gail Call of Golden West Collage which shows you how to make a variety of florist bows. Don’t worry if you cannot make a perfect bow the first time you try. This is a skill that you need practice and practice.

Flower Duet’s Bow Making Tip: It’s best to start with ribbon that is not too wide to get a handle on how to create this type of bow. Also, have your wire ready to go when you are finished making your bow and ready to secure it.

Book Recommendation: Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers

Cooking with Flowers Book Cover

All we can say is YUM! Read this book and your mouth will be watering before you even get to the first recipe! The photos are beautiful and the writing in Cooking with Flowers is like your best friend sharing her cooking secrets with you.

Before reading this cookbook, I had no idea you could eat Daylilies! And you can eat not just the petals, but the fresh shoots just like you would eat asparagus. I thought the only flowers that were good to saute were zucchini blossoms but now I cannot wait to grow some lilies and get cooking.

Squash Blossoms
Flowers are not just relegated to salads and decorating cakes in this book, in over 100 recipes, you’ll learn how to make flower cocktails, cheesecakes, cookies, main courses like quiche and ravioli and more with flowers like Pansies, Hibiscus, Geraniums, Nasturtiums, Dandelions, Calendulas, Sunflowers, Orchids and even Tulips.

Flower Tea Sandwiches
Author and chef Miche Bacher, makes your mouth water with her complete instructions on how to prepare each flower and then includes about five recipes featuring a flower like Violets. In the resource area, she shows basic tips on how to create flower syrups (good for cocktails), candy, jams, cheese, butters, frostings, ice cream and sorbet.

Ms. Bacher also resources on where to order dried flowers that are safe to eat. When we work with many flowers, they do look tempting enough to eat, but we hold back. The only kind of flowers that are safe to eat are grown organically.

Check out another great cookbook featuring flowers as the main dish. The Food Lover’s Garden: Amazing Edibles You Will Love to Grow and Eat by Mark Diacono, shows you how to make tempura Daylilies with a Chili Dipping Sauce. Yummy!!!



Floral Design Tool: Flowerwheel App for iPhone and iPad

Flowerwheel App by Woodward Enterprises LLC

We thought it was about time someone came up with an app for flower people. This is a must have if you are planning a wedding, designing an event, or are a professional. Know more about the flowers you love with this electronic guide that goes wherever you go. It now offers 694 flowers for you to choose, save, and email.

This app for iPhones and iPads is very handy for flower identification. It downloads fast and costs only $2.99. We meet with brides on a regular basis and have to present different options of flowers based on color, and season. This delivers exactly that, and is just what a florist needs in an app like that.

Cost: $2.99

Where to purchase: iTunes Store

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