Florist Owner-Designing Sisters

Meet Kit & Casey

Flower Duet’s Floral Design Team

Casey

Casey hold­ing a gor­geous bridal bou­quet just after fin­ish­ing it for our client get­ting mar­ried at Neigh­bor­hood Church in Palos Verdes Estates.

Sis­ters Casey (Cole­man) Schwartz and Kit (Cole­man) Wertz began their flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

We start­ed  Flower Duet as a part-time week­end busi­ness after Casey had retired from design­ing flow­ers on lux­u­ry cruise ships around the world (see Casey’s biog­ra­phy below) and Kit had immersed her­self in flo­ral design cours­es for a few years. We love cre­at­ing cus­tom wed­ding flow­ers for all types of brides and grooms, direct­ing cor­po­rate team-build­ing reward events for com­pa­nies like Brighton and Ernst & Young and teach­ing flower arrang­ing to bud­ding flo­ral design­ers and the ded­i­cat­ed flo­ral enthu­si­ast.

Kit demo flowers at Gap The Grove

Kit demon­strat­ing how to arrange with flow­ers at The Gap at The Grove in Los Ange­les in 2013.

Flower Duet has been our full-time pas­sion for the last decade and it shows as we are pre­ferred flo­ral ven­dors for Ter­ranea Resort, The Portofi­no Hotel, Crowne Plaza Redon­do Beach, The City Club Los Ange­les, Hotel Maya, The Bel­la­mar, Shade Hotel Redon­do Beach, Shade Hotel Man­hat­tan Beach,  Nor­ris Cen­ter Pavil­ion, Los Verdes Golf Course, Veran­das, La Ven­ta Inn and The South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den.

In addi­tion to teach­ing flower arrang­ing class­es at our own design stu­dio in the South Bay of Los Ange­les. We also teach flo­ral design work­shops at The South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den in Palos Verdes and at  The Hunt­ing­ton Library in San Mari­no.

 

Casey Coleman Schwartz

Casey Coleman SchwartzCasey was inspired by flow­ers her whole life through our par­ents’ beau­ti­ful gar­dens and love of all types of flow­ers and plants. After Casey grad­u­at­ed from Ohio Uni­ver­si­ty with a bachelor’s degree in Recre­ation Man­age­ment, she achieved her goal to work on cruise ships and to chase sum­mer around the globe.

Casey start­ed her flo­ral design career on a lux­u­ry cruise ship called The Sea God­dess I, part of the leg­endary Cunard lines. It was one of her ear­ly jobs on the ship to cre­ate and main­tain the live flo­ral designs on the ship for 7–10 days and to buy flow­ers from ven­dors at port cities around the world in mul­ti­ple lan­guages and cur­ren­cies.

After act­ing as Chief Purs­er for six years on the ship and ful­fill­ing her dream of fol­low­ing sum­mer around the globe, this Cal­i­for­nia native set­tled down in Los Ange­les to be close to her broth­er and sis­ter. She con­tin­ued to take flo­ral design cours­es includ­ing com­plet­ing her advanced flo­ral design cer­tifi­cate.

Casey’s design aes­thet­ic knows no bounds. She is open to all flow­ers and all types of design. She can mim­ic any style and has a won­der­ful, warm invit­ing per­son­al style of her own which is evi­dent in all the rela­tion­ships she has with her clients and stu­dents.

Kit Wertz

Kit Wertz Floral Designer

Like her sis­ter, Kit had a love of flow­ers from an ear­ly age thanks to the love­ly flow­ers her moth­er grew every sum­mer in the back­yard. Dur­ing col­lege, Kit worked as a peren­ni­al plant spe­cial­ist at a local nurs­ery and after grad­u­at­ing from James Madi­son Uni­ver­si­ty with a bachelor’s degree in Jour­nal­ism, Kit had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work in The Nether­lands. Kit became pas­sion­ate about flo­ral design after liv­ing among the flower-lov­ing Dutch and after she cre­at­ed her own wed­ding flow­ers (with Casey’s help) for her wed­ding in 1997. Kit fell in love with the Los Ange­les Flo­ral Dis­trict and want­ed to share that pas­sion for flow­ers with her friends.

After tak­ing friends down to the mart and show­ing them how to cre­ate flower designs, the con­cept of Flower Duet took shape. By teach­ing peo­ple how to design flow­ers in their own homes in a flower par­ty atmos­phere, Flower Duet was able to grow through refer­rals for wed­dings and spe­cial event flow­ers.

Kit’s back­ground is in pho­to­jour­nal­ism, so her cre­ative eye is a plus when try­ing a new flo­ral design idea.  While work­ing as an Inter­net mar­ket­ing expert for com­pa­nies like Office Depot and Toy­ota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Kit honed her flo­ral design skills tak­ing class­es and work­shops around South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.