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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

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.

43rd ANNUAL TOP TEN DESIGN COMPETITION

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

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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

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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 memberinfo@theautry.org.

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 TheAutry.org or call 323.495.4380.

Where to Buy California Native Plants near Los Angeles

By Kit Wertz

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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.”

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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

info@taggallery.net

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

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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.

2019 Flower Design Classes

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

We will be cel­e­brat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of The Hunt­ing­ton Library start­ing in June with themed flo­ral designs.
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 — The Hunt­ing­ton’s 100th Rose
  • Sept 2, 2019 — A Flower from Every Gar­den
  • Sept/Oct 2019 — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evenings Planned — Con­tact Us for details as dates are being decid­ed soon!
  • Oct 19, 2019 — Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins
  • Nov 9, 2019 — Fall Flow­ers Inspired by Paint­ings in the Art Col­lec­tion by
  • Dec 14, 2019 — Tra­di­tion­al Hol­i­day Designs inspired from 100 years ago

Dates are set for 2020 — so more flower fun to come!

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!