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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 tool tips.

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

We are Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet. We are 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.

October Floral News

Flowers Last Longer Than…

An Ode to Fresh Flowers

By Casey Cole­man Schwartz


Flow­ers last longer than the last meal you pre­pared! Enjoy them! Pho­to by Kit Wertz

I heard some­one recent­ly com­ment that they did not both­er to buy fresh flow­ers because they die after a week.

I thought that was sad. I also thought that some flow­ers last 2 ‑3 weeks, so she should buy those.

The oth­er day I was  cruis­ing the gro­cery and see­ing the great flower sec­tion and scooped up a bunch of sun­flow­ers, know­ing they would last about a week or more. In the last bit of sum­mer, I knew they would be just the right touch for the din­ner table.

Then, my thoughts turned to what to make for din­ner as I had a friend vis­it­ing from New York City, for whom I had not cooked in five years. I scoot­ed about the gro­cery com­ing up with some­thing cre­ative that would sat­is­fy three adults and two of the younger set, but also had to con­sid­er how long it would take to cook this din­ner.


Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Before set­tling in Los Ange­les, I spent 12 years at sea with 5‑star chefs prepar­ing my meals…so I am not a fan­cy cook. With a late start prepar­ing meals. I am more of a quick prep girl. But this time I thought I would make an effort. Two hours lat­er, includ­ing shop­ping, prep­ping and cook­ing and then plating…our meal was ready to serve and it dis­ap­peared in a blink of an eye!

It made me think. It took me a mere five min­utes to pick out flow­ers and 10 min­utes to arrange them and they last­ed a week!

It took me 20 min­utes to gath­er the din­ner ingre­di­ents and one and a half hours to pre­pare the meal and my fam­i­ly devoured it in about 15 min­utes. All that work and invest­ment is gone …but my flower arrange­ment still looked awe­some!

Here is our bot­tom line on the plea­sure of fresh flow­ers: Buy the flow­ers and enjoy their life­time with you and have 5‑star chefs pre­pare meals for you. Bon fleurs and bon appetit!

Succulent Pumpkin Classes with Flower Duet in October & November

Flower Duet's Succulent Pumpkins for 2014

Flower Duet’s ver­sion of the love­ly suc­cu­lent pump­kin using a squat white pump­kin and a vari­ety of Echev­e­ria, Aeo­ni­ums and Cras­su­la plants.

Flower Duet holds its annu­al Suc­cu­lent Pump­kin class this Sat­ur­day at our stu­dio in Tor­rance. Work with local­ly grown suc­cu­lents and pods for this long-last­ing design (up to four months!). All the suc­cu­lents can be replant­ed and we tell you how. Attend the pre-work­shop option­al tour of the LA Flower Mart to learn about some top-notch whole­sale suc­cu­lent sup­pli­ers.

BONUS: We’ll also show you how to add fresh flow­ers to this design!

Sign up today and remem­ber, when you sign up for three or more class­es at one time, you’ll received a dis­count!

More infor­ma­tion on our shop­ping site: Suc­cu­lent Pump­kin Class

NOTE: If you miss this class, you can attend our Suc­cu­lent Pump­kin Class at The Hunt­ing­ton Library in San Mari­no on Novem­ber 5, 2016.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Large suc­cu­lent pump­kin planters make won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing cen­ter­pieces. Designs by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Detroit Flower Week — October 11–15, 2016


Last year, we wrote about the Detroit Flower House con­ceived by flo­ral design­er Lisa Waud of Pot + Box where florists from the Unit­ed States and Cana­da came togeth­er to col­lab­o­rate on a tru­ly unique way of look­ing at flow­ers.

As a fol­low up to that amaz­ing expe­ri­ence, Waud has cre­at­ed Detroit Flower Week, which will offer a pletho­ra of work­shops, dis­cus­sions, instal­la­tions and lec­tures that are all inspired by The Flower House.

From Octo­ber 11–15, 2016, you can join a top team of flo­ral design­ers to learn and con­nect in the spir­it of #flow­er­housede­troit through lec­tures, work­shops, con­ver­sa­tions and food!


Each day of Detroit Flower Week is packed full of flo­ral design pre­sen­ta­tions by Top-Notch design­ers from around the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. Here is Sat­ur­day’s sched­ule.

from flower house and detroit flower week founder, lisa waud: “dur­ing the instal­la­tion and exhi­bi­tion of flower house, there was­n’t much time to get to know all the extra­or­di­nary design­ers and vol­un­teers because we were so busy fill­ing the house with flow­ers! my goal with detroit flower week is to bring every­one togeth­er again, but with more time to inspire one anoth­er. i have always been moved by bruce mau’s incom­plete man­i­festo of growth, and #39 in par­tic­ular:

This incred­i­ble week will most­ly like prove to pro­vide invalu­able con­tent and design for both flower enthu­si­asts and flo­ral design­ers. The week’s events will con­clude with a din­ner on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15, 2016 to  cel­e­brate cre­ativ­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty in flow­ers and food, set beneath what is sure to be a fan­tas­tic flo­ral instal­la­tion cre­at­ed by Lon­don design­er Joe Massie.

Who is Presenting?


Detroit Flower Week Pre­sen­ters for 2016

Ariel­la Chezar
Ash­ley Wood­son Bai­ley
Christi­na Stem­bel
Debra Prinz­ing
Diane Szuko­vathy
Emi­ly Katz
Emi­ly Thomp­son
Fran­ciose Weeks
Heather Saun­ders
Hei­di Berk­man
Hei­di Joynt
Jill Riz­zo
Joe Massie
Julia Bell
Lewis Miller
Lisa Waud
Lisa Ziegler
Michael Gen­ovese
Mol­ly Kobelt

You should attend the Flower Week if: You love flower gar­den­ing and farm­ing or you are a flo­ral design­er at any lev­el or you are just a com­plete flo­ral enthu­si­ast!

Field to Vase Dinner at Sunset Magazine’s New Test Gardens on October 16, 2016.


Attend an Exclusive Dinner at Cornerstone Sonoma on October 16, 2016

Be among the first to expe­ri­ence the new home of Sun­set Mag­a­zine’s test gar­den at Cor­ner­stone Sono­ma. Field to Vase Din­ner guests are in for a treat, as Sun­set gar­den edi­tor Johan­na Sil­ver will play host to the spe­cial few in atten­dance on Octo­ber 16, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Locat­ed in California’s beau­ti­ful Wine Coun­try, Cor­ner­stone Sono­ma is home to many won­der­ful and inno­v­a­tive land­scape designs cel­e­brat­ing the con­nec­tion between art, archi­tec­ture and nature.

Pur­chase tick­ets HERE and find more infor­ma­tion on Amer­i­can Grown Flow­ers HERE.

CaliFlora 2016 — November 5 & 6


The Los Ange­les Flower Mar­ket

754 S. Wall Street, Los Ange­les

Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 5th and Sun­day, Novem­ber 6th

Sched­ule of events, CSFA mem­ber­ship appli­ca­tion and more infor­ma­tion on becom­ing a Cal­i­for­nia Cer­ti­fied Florist: Cal­iFlo­ra 2016 Pro­gram

Reg­is­ter for this amaz­ing event: Cal­iFlo­ra Reg­is­tra­tion Form

Two flo­ral design com­pe­ti­tions will be held dur­ing Cal­iFlo­ra on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6 at The Los Ange­les Flower Mar­ket (754 Wall Street, Los Ange­les, CA 90014). Both the Stu­dent Design Com­pe­ti­tion and Top Ten Design Com­pe­ti­tion will take place in the morn­ing. Please call the CSFA office for more infor­ma­tion at 916–448-5266.


7:00 am – 7:45 am: Stu­dent Pre-Qual­i­fy­ing
8:00 am: Stu­dent Design Com­pe­ti­tion Begins

This com­pe­ti­tion is designed for stu­dents of flo­ral design, orna­men­tal hor­ti­cul­ture or envi­ron­men­tal design cur­ricu­lums in Cal­i­for­nia high schools, col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties.


9:00 am – 9:45 am: Top Ten Pre-Qual­i­fy­ing
10:00 am: Top Ten Design Com­pe­ti­tion Begins

This pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures California’s most cre­ative flo­ral design­ers. Each design­er will com­plete a themed designer’s choice and sur­prise pack­age arrange­ment. Design­ers with the ten high­est total points will be named the Top Ten of Cal­i­for­nia. The high­est scor­er will win the cov­et­ed Top Ten Award and will rep­re­sent CSFA in the SAF Sylvia Cup Com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 Soci­ety of Amer­i­can Florists’ (SAF) con­ven­tion.

Autry Museum California Native Plant Inspired Floral Workshop For Members


Flower Duet’s CA Native inspired design for the Autry Muse­um’s Mem­ber work­shop on Novem­ber 20, 2016. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

About the Event

Inspired by the Autry’s Cal­i­for­nia Con­tin­ued Gar­den, the flo­ral design team of Flower Duet will pro­vide guid­ance as you cre­ate a stun­ning arrange­ment to add to your Thanks­giv­ing table, includ­ing suc­cu­lents and native species. Enjoy break­fast pas­tries, cof­fee, and mimosas!

Learn more: The Autry Muse­um


For Members of The Autry Museum, a special floral workshop!

Autry mem­ber­ship sup­ports dynam­ic exhi­bi­tions, thought-pro­vok­ing lec­tures, edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram­ming, con­ser­va­tion efforts, and so much more. Take advan­tage of all that the Autry has to offer and know that your mem­ber­ship pro­vides vital finan­cial sup­port for the muse­um.

Join or Renew

Become an Autry mem­ber to enjoy a full year of exhi­bi­tions, fam­i­ly pro­grams, films, music, the­atre, and more. Autry mem­bers also enjoy invi­ta­tions to exclu­sive mem­bers-only events, dis­counts at the Autry Store and Cross­roads West Cafe, and a vari­ety of addi­tion­al ben­e­fits asso­ci­at­ed with each lev­el. To learn more about mem­ber­ship, please con­tact the Mem­ber­ship Depart­ment at 323.495.4326, or

If you are an Autry member, you can join the class with Flower Duet on Sunday, November 20, 10:00 a.m.–Noon

  • Where: The Autry in Grif­fith Park
  • Admis­sion:  Space Is Lim­it­ed / $15 Reg­is­tra­tion Fee, Reser­va­tions Will Be Avail­able Begin­ning in Late Sep­tem­ber
  • RSVP/Reservations:  Reser­va­tions Required and avail­able to Autry Muse­um Mem­bers Only. To RSVP, go to or call 323.495.4380.

Where to Buy California Native Plants near Los Angeles

By Kit Wertz


Entrance to the nurs­ery at Theodore Payne in Sun Val­ley. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Many local nurs­eries includ­ing Arm­strong Gar­den Cen­ters are offer­ing Cal­i­for­nia Native Plants for land­scap­ers who want to cre­ate a non-inva­sive and drought tol­er­ant gar­den. But if you would like to choose from a very exten­sive selec­tion and learn a lot more about how to cre­ate such a gar­den, it’s best to dri­ve to Sun Val­ley and see all what the Theodore Payne Foun­da­tion Nurs­ery has to offer!

Last week, I drove up past down­town and up the 5 free­way just past Bur­bank to the sleepy foothills of Sun Val­ley and while a few field trips where going on around me with school chil­dren grind­ing acorns, I had a won­der­ful time look­ing at all the plants I could choose from to land­scape my front yard and was delight­ed to see more than a few that work well in flo­ral designs includ­ing some Wax Myr­tle, Rush (horse­tail) and Maid­en­hair Fern! I was so enam­ored that I became a mem­ber! All mem­bers receive:

  • Com­pli­men­ta­ry sub­scrip­tion to Pop­py Print newslet­ter
  • Com­pli­men­ta­ry sub­scrip­tion to Native News e‑newsletter
  • 10% dis­count on plants, seeds, and clothes
  • 15% dis­count on plants dur­ing spring and fall sales
  • Dis­count on class­es of up to 25%
  • Dis­count on Gar­den Tour tick­ets

There are a ton of class­es and events includ­ing top­ics such as “The Essen­tial Edi­ble Gar­den” and “Irri­ga­tion Basics.”


Each plant in the nurs­ery has an exten­sive infor­ma­tion sheet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Patrons walk in the nurs­ery and a school field trip was going on while Kit was walk­ing around. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Patrons can use large wag­ons to col­lect the plants and then receive a tick­et to pay for the plants inside the office. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Inside the gift shop of the Theodore Payne Foun­da­tion. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Here is just one sec­tion of the large nurs­ery offer­ings at the Theodore Payne Foun­da­tion in Sun Val­ley. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

What California Natives work Well in Floral Design?

  • Any hardy suc­cu­lent would work well in a flo­ral design from aloes to Dud­leyas.
  • Ferns
  • Man­zan­i­tas, Bay Lau­rels and Myr­tles
  • Yarrow
  • Grass­es
  • Bush Anemone
  • Wil­lows
  • Snow­ber­ry

Sally Jacobs Watercolors

Sally Jacobs Watercolor - TAG Gallery

Sal­ly Jacobs Water­col­or — TAG Gallery

In Sat­ur­day’s Los Ange­les Times, Lisa Boone wrote about a great art exhib­it she called “farm-to-can­vas” at the TAG Gallery fea­tur­ing real­is­tic water­col­ors by Sal­ly Jacobs. These love­ly paint­ings include flow­ers and plants and are tru­ly amaz­ing. Be sure to see it by Octo­ber 22nd!

Sep­tem­ber 27 — Octo­ber 22
Artists Talk:  Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 8, 3 pm

TAG Gallery Information:

Tues. — Sat.,  11 a.m. — 5 p.m.  

2525 Michi­gan Ave., D3,
San­ta Mon­i­ca, CA 90404

310. 829.9556

Floral Book Review: Mary Vaux Walcott: A Selection of Her Wildflowers of North America


Mary Vaux Wal­cott: A Selec­tion of Her Wild­flow­ers of North Amer­i­ca — Signed Copy offered by The Smith­son­ian

Last sum­mer, Kit saw the book by Mary Vaux Wal­cott: A Selec­tion of Her Wild­flow­ers of North Amer­i­ca, at the Smith­so­ni­an’s Nation­al Gallery of Art’s gift shop and thought it was a pret­ty neat gift with­in itself. Each page can be removed and framed as a piece of art­work.

More than a col­lec­tion of exquis­ite wild­flower water­col­ors by not­ed botan­i­cal artist Mary Vaux Wal­cott, this beau­ti­ful book has been bound in a man­ner that makes it easy to remove 119 of these splen­did flo­ral por­traits and frame them. This new com­pi­la­tion, Mary Vaux Wal­cott: A Selec­tion of Her Wild­flow­ers of North Amer­i­ca — Signed Copy, includes a book­plate signed by Smith­son­ian His­to­ri­an Pamela Hen­son. Print­ed in the U.S.A.  Soft­cov­er, 256 pages on archival paper; 119 full-col­or plates with Wal­cot­t’s botan­i­cal descrip­tions on the back, and an index of flow­ers by col­or. 11″ x 14″.

Museum Provenance

Orig­i­nal­ly paint­ed and pub­lished in the 1920’s (when the artist’s hus­band was Sec­re­tary of the Smith­son­ian), a signed, five-vol­ume folio edi­tion resides in our Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion Libraries.

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Flower Duet Online Floral Design Classes

In-Person Floral Design Classes

Class­es are usu­al­ly in per­son. Here is our 2020 Sched­ule*

*May’s class will be a hybrid where stu­dents will get their flow­ers for class at our curb­side pick­up, watch pre-record­ed videos for the les­son, then meet via Zoom with Kit & Casey.

Saturday Flower Arranging Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:

  • Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — White Botan­i­cals
  • Feb­ru­ary 8, 2020 — Flo­ral Gift Box­es
  • March 21, 2020 — Wav­ing Ranun­cu­lus — Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • April 18, 2020 — Tremen­dous Tulips Can­celled (California’s #SaferAtH­ome)
  • May 16, 2020 — Pock­et Full of Posies — Will be held through Video Con­fer­ence
  • June 13, 2020 — Ros­es + Peonies 
  • July 18, 2020 — Trop­i­cal Flow­ers
  • August 22, 2020 — Hap­py Dahlias
  • Sep­tem­ber 19, 2020 — Antiqued Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 17, 2020 — Pump­kin Crafts
  • Novem­ber 21, 2020 — Fall Flow­ers for Cel­e­brat­ing
  • Decem­ber 12, 2020 — Hol­i­day Flo­ral Wreaths

Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:

  • Jan­u­ary 22, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 26, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 20, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière — Will be held through Video Con­fer­ence
  • June 24, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 23, 2020 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 21, 2020 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
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