November 2018 Newsletter

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We send out a month­ly newslet­ter — It’s free and has great flower arrang­ing ideas and tips includ­ing our upcom­ing flo­ral work­shop list, flo­ral design book reviews, how-tos, and more. We send it out each month and don’t share our mail­ing list with any­one.

2019 Flower Design Classes

Organic Containers Workshop

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library


Reg­is­ter for these class­es through brownpapertickets.com.

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — Ros­es

More in 2019 in the fall!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!



Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!

November Flower News

Tips for Holiday Floral Decorations

Click to watch the video

This month, we cre­at­ed a hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing flo­ral guide just for our stu­dents and newslet­ter read­ers! We’ve added some free online class­es for you to watch and also a few tips and tricks via our YouTube chan­nel! It’s been a while since we post­ed to YouTube, but we’ll be adding more free tips and tricks in 2019 to YouTube.

For all our fans in the Unit­ed States, we wish you a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing and to every­one in the world who subscribes…have a won­der­ful and fes­tive hol­i­day sea­son. Hug your fam­i­ly and enjoy your friends, so impor­tant in this life of ours. Take a cue from one of our reg­u­lar flo­ral design stu­dents,  Dave. He has a long tra­di­tion of bring­ing flow­ers to every­one! When­ev­er he gets togeth­er with friends, he brings flow­ers! Last week­end, he came to our Thanks­giv­ing class and announced that after class, he was mak­ing two more arrange­ments to bring to the friends he was gath­er­ing with that evening. What a great way to live!!!

We hope our hol­i­day video tip about “Shar­ing the Cen­ter­piece” helps you bring flow­ers to your friends. We encour­age you to host a potluck din­ner with cen­ter­pieces as sur­prise gifts for each guest when the evening fin­ish­es!

Learn about our 2018 Hol­i­day Tips

Winnie-the-Pooh Flowers

In late Octo­ber of 2018, just before Hal­loween, we were asked to teach 50 blog­gers, jour­nal­ists, and oth­er press peo­ple how to make a flo­ral design with a Win­nie-the-Pooh-themed vase shaped like a hon­ey­pot! The event was pro­mot­ing the launch of Disney’s movie Christo­pher Robin on Blu­Ray and DVD. We went up to the Los Ange­les Arbore­tum on a warm Mon­day morn­ing to set up the flow­ers and wait for three sep­a­rate groups to arrive and eager to learn a lit­tle bit about flower arrang­ing. It was a love­ly way to start a week!

Some of you know we have a broth­er who also lives in Los Ange­les. He is an artist with a com­pa­ny who cre­ates print col­lat­er­al to pro­mote Hol­ly­wood movies. As it turns out, he cre­at­ed the poster for this Blu­Ray pro­mo­tion for Christo­pher Robin! Casey and I think it’s a sweet con­nec­tion in this big city to have our broth­er sort of stand­ing there with us with his art, too.

Disney's Christopher Robin Movie Poster

This movie poster hap­pened to be cre­at­ed by our broth­er who also lives and works in Los Ange­les.

Hun­ny” pots all lined up for the first group at the Christo­pher Robin Blu­Ray Press Event. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Casey at the LA Arboretum ready to teach a flower class.

Casey sets up the flower selec­tion for the Christo­pher Robin Class at the Los Ange­les Arbore­tum on Octo­ber 29, 2018. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet presents to members of the press for Disney at the LA Arboretum.

Casey in the mid­dle of the instruc­tions to the first group of 25 in our press jun­ket activ­i­ty for Dis­ney. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

LA Arboretum Disney Press Junket

Par­tic­i­pants show off their flo­ral cre­ations at the LA Arbore­tum with Flower Duet and Dis­ney. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Hunny Pot Florals by Flower Duet for Disney

Close­up of the Hun­ny Pots with fall flow­ers inside for Dis­ney by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Fall Flower Class & Garden Club Recap

We’ve been so busy this month since the end of Octo­ber until well…almost Thanksgiving…that our newslet­ter is almost in time for Decem­ber! Here’s a glance at what we’ve been up to in Octo­ber and Novem­ber! P.S. — We’ve taught flo­ral design to over 580 peo­ple in the last 25 days for mul­ti­ple groups ages 7 to 70+! One is nev­er too young or too old to learn about flo­ral design. We shared the love with teenagers in high school and lit­tle ones just start­ing ele­men­tary school! We have shared tips for sea­soned flo­ral enthu­si­asts in three dif­fer­ent gar­den clubs from Long Beach to La Jol­la. We con­tin­ued to meet with brides, grooms of all ages from their 20s to their 80s!!!

Flo­ral design is for every­one! We love that our for­mer stu­dents and interns have their own thriv­ing busi­ness­es who come back to use our stu­dio as a home base rental space or to help us with a big event.

In short, we are grate­ful for what we are able to do in our busi­ness. Share a skill that can help some­one else cre­ate a new career or just to enjoy life a bit more.

Autry Museum

Flower Duet's setup at the Autry Museum in 2018

Here is the flower line­up we used for our 3rd Annu­al Flo­ral Design Class for Thanks­giv­ing at The Autry Muse­um. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Autry 3rd annual flower class

Class is ready to start at the Autry!

Craspedia looks like Sneezeweed

Sneeze­weed is native to Cal­i­for­nia and looks just like the Cras­pe­dia we use in our flo­ral designs…so we used that, too!

California native plant inspired centerpiece

A fin­ished flo­ra cen­ter­piece inspired by native sun­flow­ers, West­ern Cedar, yarrow and cos­mos in the gar­den at The Autry on Novem­ber 18, 2018 by Flower Duet.

Fall Workshops

Casey teaches in our studio.

Casey teach­es in our stu­dio.

Fall Flowers by Flower Duet

Here is a fin­ished design from our fall flower work­shop just in time for Thanks­giv­ing tables. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Keely and Casey at The Huntington

Keely (Kit’s Daugh­ter) assists Casey at The Hunt­ing­ton in ear­ly Novem­ber.

Garden Clubs

In Octo­ber and Novem­ber, Casey and I spoke to three gar­den clubs along the coast of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia from San Pedro to Naples to La Jol­la. We shared tips and trends for hol­i­day arrang­ing and now to share the love of flow­ers with the guests you have in your home for enter­tain­ing. Here are a few pho­tos to share with you.

La Jol­la Gar­den Club — This was an amaz­ing 24 hours for us. We were giv­en world-class treat­ment to a hotel stay and won­der­ful lun­cheon at The La Jol­la Coun­try Club after our demon­stra­tions. We shared three ways to “Gath­er with Flow­ers” for the hol­i­days and it was lots of fun to meet such a won­der­ful and pas­sion­ate group of gar­den­ers with many var­ied tal­ents and phil­an­thropic inter­ests.

La Jolla Garden Club

La Jol­la Gar­den Club mem­bers hold their meet­ing pri­or to our demon­stra­tions.

Flower Duet at La Jolla Garden Club

The results of Flower Duet’s pre­sen­ta­tion to the La Jol­la Gar­den Club.

Gar­den Club Mem­ber Lun­cheon

Naples Garden Club

It’s a great idea to present to gar­den clubs because often, mem­bers then hire us for their pri­vate events. These were for a pri­vate lun­cheon for a gar­den club mem­ber who had seen Casey speak.

Fundraisers for Our Schools!

Fall is for fundrais­ing and Casey and I both helped our schools make mon­ey for extra pro­grams.

Groovy 60s Fall PTA Fundrais­er — For Kit’s kids, we donat­ed the labor for 20 cen­ter­pieces and 8 cock­tails for the fall PTA din­ner. The theme was the Groovy 60s, so we bought 450 Ger­ber Daisies and had fun mak­ing pavé designs for the wide tables.

Gerbers on racks in Flower Duet's Studio

Ger­bers Galore for a school fundrais­er!

Gerber Daisies Conditioning

We con­di­tioned the 450 Ger­ber Daisies in our stu­dio before design­ing. Flower Duet Stu­dio Pho­to.

Flower Duet SS Fundraiser Ballroom

Here is the ball­room set­up for the din­ner at the Palos Verdes Art Cen­ter. Pho­to by Tra­cy Kumono.

Flowers by Flower Duet for PTA Fall Fundraiser.

Here is a close­up of a table with our flow­ers. Pho­to by Tra­cy Kumono.

Thanks­giv­ing Flower Duet Pop-Up — Pick Your Pro­gram Fundrais­er - For Casey’s school dis­trict, we cre­at­ed a Mom­my and Me flower class where par­tic­i­pants came into make a cen­ter­piece two days before Turkey Day, then choose which pro­gram they want­ed to donate to. We donat­ed 50% of the cost of the class to the char­i­ty with­in the Redon­do Beach School Dis­trict for each par­tic­i­pant!

Floral Design for Charity by Flower Duet.

Par­tic­i­pants in our 50% Dona­tion to RBUSD received a semi-pri­vate class and made a Thanksi­giv­ing flo­ral design to take home! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Baby Showers & Weddings

Here are a few Insta­gram Posts from our recent wed­ding and show­er work!

White Cascading bridal bouquet by Flower Duet

Beau­ti­ful bride on her wed­ding day post­ed a gor­geous pho­to with our bou­quet.

Fall Wedding Reception in a Japanese Garden

Gor­geous and woody fall wed­ding set­ting at the Stor­ri­er Stearns Japan­ese Gar­den with cen­ter­pieces by Flower Duet.

Flowers by Flower Duet on Sweetheart Table with Fall Wedding Theme

Gor­geous fall wed­ding flow­ers for a love­ly cou­ple.

Flower Duet fall wedding bouquet with lovely bride.

Fall bride with a vibrant fall bou­quet by Flower Duet.

Baby's 1st Birthday Flowers!

Dar­ling blush and laven­der col­or scheme for this one-year-old birth­day par­ty for a love­ly lit­tle girl. Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

Day of the Dead party

Vin­tage Day of the Dead par­ty with flow­ers by Flower Duet.

Pastels are perfect with these florals and bridesmaids.

Gor­geous tones of flow­ers and dress­es col­lide! Flow­ers By Flower Duet

Flower Book — Wreaths & Garlands by Malcolm Hillier

This is a book that Kit picked up at her local book sale and it is prob­a­bly out of print, but nonethe­less, a good guide to the basics with wreaths and gar­lands.

It is espe­cial­ly help­ful for the Slow Flow­ers move­ment for peo­ple who want to make liv­ing wreaths with­out flo­ral foam. This book gives you mul­ti­ple ways to cre­ate unique wreaths using clas­si­cal florist meth­ods of chick­en wire and damp­ened moss!

It’s not that hard to escape from the con­fines of the con­ve­nient flo­ral foam for wreaths.

Mal­colm Hillier’s Wreaths & Gar­lands is worth a hunt at your next local book sale!

Flower Tool — Mobile Phone

Eriostemon on Google

Kit looked up a word she thought was close to the green­ery she was seek­ing and Google deliv­ered the goods!

Okay…this is a tool almost every­one has, but when one works as a flo­ral instruc­tor and wants to add a tid­bit of extra infor­ma­tion about a flower in a class, a mobile phone with an Inter­net con­nec­tion is a key tool in the flower box. Last week­end, Kit was teach­ing a class at The Autry Muse­um and was using a cit­rus green­ery but could not quite recall the Latin spelling. After two or three Google search­es, Casey land­ed on it!

The green­ery was grown in San Diego but is a native to Aus­tralia. It gives a fan­tas­tic cit­rus scent when cut and is a love­ly sculp­tur­al ele­ment in any fall design. I knew the name but had tem­porar­i­ly for­got­ten it. I knew it start­ed with an “Er.” Turns out, thanks to Google, we tracked it down to Erioste­mon, a genus of flow­er­ing plants native to east­ern Aus­tralia.

Thanks to our mobile phones and Google, we were able to share all the details with our stu­dents dur­ing class!

Floral Design Newsletter Archives

Read more Flower Duet Newsletters from past years:

2018 Newslet­ters

2017 Newslet­ter Archives

2016 Newslet­ter Archives

2015 Newslet­ter Archives

2014 Newslet­ter Archives

2013 Newslet­ter Archives

2012 Newslet­ter Archives

2011 Newslet­ter Archives

2010 Newslet­ter Archives

Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tooltips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and beyond. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients are search­ing for in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet, have been com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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Winter White Flowers

Hydrangeas and Ranun­cu­lus blooms make up this sim­ple vase design that is great for a win­ter white flo­ral dis­play. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.