Extra Tips:: Hydration for Hydrangea

How to take this floral design class from home!

  1. DOWNLOAD: the tip sheet so you have the recipe (click the but­ton below). Fol­low this so you have the right flow­ers for each design.
  2. GATHER:  your flow­ers, tools and supplies.
  3. WATCH, PAUSE & MAKE: watch the “Greene and Greens” video which fea­tures step-by-step.
  4. WATCH BONUS VIDEO: On Inte­ri­or design flowers
  5. JOIN: Us and your fel­low class­mates on Zoom in the evening for shar­ing and questions.

Download PDF, Watch & Create

Down­load the Tip Sheet: GREENE AND GREENS

Step-By-Step How To Video — GREENE AND GREENS

Watch the video and pause to do each step with us. Click on the video, click the expand icon to see it full screen.

BONUS Video — INTERIOR DESIGN FLOWER TIPS

Watch the video to get tips on how to design for interiors

What we are learning about today: Greene and Greens at The Huntington through the arts and crafts movement

Greene and Greene were broth­ers Charles Sum­n­er Greene and Hen­ry Math­er Greene and influ­en­tial ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can archi­tects. Active pri­mar­i­ly in Cal­i­for­nia, their hous­es and larg­er-scale ulti­mate bun­ga­lows are often asso­ci­at­ed with the Amer­i­can Arts and Crafts Movement.

The Hunt­ing­ton Library’s Ver­so Blog

Some peo­ple may remem­ber the exquis­ite fur­ni­ture in The Huntington’s per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion about Arts and Crafts mas­ters Charles Sum­n­er Greene and Hen­ry Math­er Greene. The space was just rein­stalled and the take-home mes­sage is clear: The Greenes did much more than sim­ply pro­duce gor­geous fur­ni­ture. Arriv­ing in Pasade­na, Calif., in 1893, the broth­ers designed res­i­den­tial projects of incom­pa­ra­ble beau­ty (the most famous one being the 1908 Gam­ble House in Pasade­na), which forged a new path for Amer­i­can archi­tec­ture. And as they refined their vision and col­lab­o­rat­ed with high­ly skilled crafts­peo­ple and artists, they increas­ing­ly designed entire environments—including land­scapes, fur­nish­ings, light­ing fix­tures, and windows.”

How does Floral Design Tie into Architecture?

Flow­ers help inte­ri­or designs feel com­plete. After the archi­tects fin­ish and the inte­ri­or design­ers add fur­nish­ings, flow­ers and plants can add just the right touch to a space. Here are some tips on adding flow­ers to your liv­ing spaces.

1 — Flow­ers are not the “stars” in an inte­ri­or space. They act as a sea­son­al accent to cor­ners, tables, bars and bookshelves.

2 — In rooms with tall ceil­ings, take advan­tage of tall branch­es in the spring like for­syth­ia or cher­ry blossom.

3 — For wide-open spaces, use a nar­row vase and add large trop­i­cal leaves like mon­stera or palm (see video Kit cre­at­ed about this).

4 — Keep flow­ers low on cof­fee tables.

5 — In book shelves, use small vas­es and just a few blooms that pull col­ors from the inte­ri­or accents.

Click to see some of these ideas in action in our tip sheet.