October 2013 Newsletter

Fall Color and Floral Trends for 2013

by Kit Wertz

Fall Wedding Blouquet

Red, orange and yellow roses continue to be popular fall wedding bouquets. This bouquet was for a wedding in mid-September and Casey used Hocus Pocus Roses, Orange Mambo Spray Roses, Yellow Rumba Spray Roses, Orange Freesia and Crocosmia as well as Red spray and standard roses. Here are some more examples of trends we are seeing in fall weddings, event florals and interior design. Floral design by: Flower Duet. Photo by: Kit Wertz


Purple Flowers

Purple in all shades continues to be a popular color this fall for fashion and interior decorating. We’ve used dark purples for weddings and have featured the lighter purples in our recent classes. We love the combination of light purple and sage green.
Purple Orchids

Deep Purple orchids accent these cream and white centerpieces for a wedding last week at Trump National Golf Club.
Purple Roses

Purple Amnesia Roses with White Spray Roses and fresh Mint.

Antique Hydrangea with Purple Clover and Roses

Antique Hydrangea with a lavender tinge is accented by purple Clover, lavender Spray Roses and green Hypericum berries.


Owls for Fall, Halloween and the Holidays

Owls in Flowers

This fluffy flower owl was created by a 10-year-old boy during our kids flower class this past weekend. We love how it turned out!

It seems that many stores including Pottery Barn, Home Goods and World Market are featuring owls for fall decorating accents. We thought it would be fun to have our kids class at The Huntington Library make little baby owls using fresh flowers and greenery. They turned out really amazing and the kids had a blast creating them. Our next class for kids will be on December 14, 2013 and everyone will get to make a mini Tournament of Roses Parade Float to take home for the holidays!

To see more owl ideas, check out our Halloween Pinterest board we put together which features a few owls or make your own.

Owls by brothers in Flowers

Here is what we used for this design:

  • 2/3 brick Oasis Floral Foam
  • Plastic dessert plate (to put the foam on)
  • 1-2 stems Pampas Grass bloom for the downy feathers; reserve long stem for your owl’s perch
  • 6 Magnolia leaves to cover most of body
  • 2 Sunflowers for eyes
  • 1 brown chenille stem for ears
  • 1 small stem of Antique Hydrangea
  • Various flowers for accent at base (Mums, Clover and Hypericum berries)


Using Metallic Vases and Gilding Seedpods, Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

Gilded Namecard Pumpkin

Metallics are still quite popular for weddings, entertaining, interior design and clothing this fall.

We continue to see a love for all things metallic from vases to bling accents on flowers and bouquets to gilding seedpods and gourds. We’ll be teaching a class that features gilding techniques in November – just in time for the holidays. While last year we used mostly silver accents, this fall we are featuring more gold, copper and bronze metallic accents.

Rustic Floral Design: Loosely Designed Flowers with Wood Accents

Sunflower Centerpiece

Sunflowers in burlap decorated mason jars were the primary focus of this garden wedding in September at The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes.

When we hear the word “vase,” it can mean more than just a glass or ceramic container for flowers. These days, a “vase” can really be any type of vessel that holds flowers or just frames a floral design.

Sometimes a simple canning jar is all we need to showcase a flower.
Sunflower Centerpiece
Or we use a vase covered in birch bark. When we walk through the flower market each week, we see carts full of Manzanita branches, grapewood, wood slabs, and natural wood bowls. Here is what is around right now in downtown Los Angeles at the mart.

Birch bark

Get inspired by nature and work with reclaimed wood in your designs.


Wedding Gallery – Fuchsia Wedding Flowers

by Flower Duet

Here’s a lovely wedding from this past summer. Christine and Ali were married in Palos Verdes. The reception was held at Trump National Golf Club. Enjoy the photography by Blue 22 Photography.

Christine's Bouquets
Christine Church Orchids
Happy Bride and Groom
Fuchsia Wedding Flowers Entrance Piece
Bling Centerpiece
Persian Detail

2014 Flower Arranging Class Schedule

Wedding Bouquet Flower Class

We are pleased to announce the first set of flower arranging classes for 2014. Stay tuned to sign up!

Photo by Blue 22 Photography

January 25 – Wedding Workshop Classes – 2 in one day, book both or just one class

  • Morning class is bouquets and centerpieces
  • Afternoon class is corsages, boutonnieres and how to add bling!

February 2 – Succulents and Fresh Flowers at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes

February 22 – Succulents and Fresh Flowers at our studio in Torrance

March 29 – Orchids: How to design with all types from Dendrobiums to Cymbidiums

April 19 – Day before Easter: Create a lovely centerpiece with Hyacinth, Tulips and Ranunculus

May 31 – Mini Calla Lilies

June 21 – Peonies for the first day of Summer

July 19 – Summer rustic using jars, burlap, wildflowers and wood slabs
Please join us for one or more classes! See our flower arranging classes page on this site or call us at 310-792-4968!

Book Recommendation



Beautiful WinterTo Have and To Hold Book
This book was published last fall, but with the author’s use of rustic elements like birch bark, twigs and berries Beautiful Winter is a book that is very on trend with holiday design this year. We love this and have added it to our library collection this fall.

From Amazon: “Author and florist Edle Catharina Norman shows how to use seasonal materials and flowers to put together 53 entrancing and easy to assemble home projects. From festive garlands to fun table decorations (including candlesticks made of apples), you’ll find an array of unique ideas to inspire you. Illustrated with more than 55 full-color photographs, this book presents glorious decorations that will warm your heart on even the coldest winter day.”



Floral Design Tool: Sierra Flower Finder

Website: sierraflowerfinder.com

In 2000 staff from Sierra Flower Trading began collecting pictures in a database in order to organize all the incredible new varieties of flowers that were being introduced by their growers.

In 2010, the mission of the new Sierra Flower Finder is to help the floral industry by supporting the development of informed professional florists and wholesalers. They believe that the more knowledge they share about their flowers, the better we will all be equipped to serve our clients and the more our industry will grow.

Click to browse the library or sign up.


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