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.

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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.


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.