Kit and Casey on the Home and Family Show August 28 2017

Kit and Casey of Flower Duet on the set of the Hall­mark Chan­nel’s Home and Fam­i­ly Show. We appeared on TV on August 28, 2017.

We were delight­ed to be con­tact­ed by the Hall­mark Chan­nel’s Home and Fam­i­ly Show  to make an appear­ance on the show! We were asked to cre­ate a step-by-step design to demon­strate for the hosts and the view­ers of the show how to make some­thing they could do at home.

Kit and Casey of Flower Duet on set with Home and Family Host Debbie Matenopoulos is joined by guest co-host and Hallmark star Dylan Neal.

Deb­bie Matenopou­los is joined by guest co-host and Hall­mark star Dylan Neal. Flower Duet own­ers, Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz have show-stop­ping arrange­ments. Cred­it: © 2017 Crown Media Unit­ed States, LLC | Pho­to: Alexx Hen­ry Stu­dios, LLC / Steve Lucero

We had lots of great emails and phone con­ver­sa­tions with our excel­lent pro­duc­er, Bob, before we had a fun day of tap­ing on the set. We agreed to make a Show-Stop­ping large scale design that folks can recre­ate for spe­cial events at home, for the hol­i­days or for big cel­e­bra­tions like a DIY Wedding.

The Home and Fam­i­ly set is a real house on the back­lot of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios. It’s even part of the theme park’s famous stu­dio tour and it was a fun­ny feel­ing being part of the show for the tourists on the tram! Casey hammed it up and waved at a few full trams who went by our set!

We chose flow­ers that peo­ple could pur­chase through­out the year in the Unit­ed States.

You can learn how to cre­ate this design and adapt it for any theme. The key is to use tall line flowers.

The design we made cost about $40 for the flow­ers and $30 for the vase. This would retail at a florist for $220. If you want to make it your­self, do it on site so you don’t have to move it. Large scale designs like this one are hard to trans­port. So, bring your vase and flow­ers sep­a­rate­ly and then design close to where it will be set up for your event.

Our recipe on the show con­sist­ed of pinks, yel­lows, and whites for a bright sum­mer feel design. To make it look more for fall, use dark­er yel­low and orange Glad­i­oli and add in some dark blue Del­phini­um for depth. For Win­ter hol­i­days, go either all white for all the flow­ers or punch up the col­or with red accents in the form of the Glad­i­o­lus and Alstroemeria.

  • 10–15 Stems Struc­tured Line Flow­ers, Such As Glad­i­o­lus In Var­i­ous Shades Of Pink, Yel­low And White
  • 2 Bunch­es (20 Stems) Pink And White Lark­spur (we also used white Hybrid Delphinium)
  • 1 Bunch (10 Stems) Alstroe­me­ria – Yel­low Or Pink
  • 1 Bunch (5 Stems ) Mini Euca­lyp­tus (Flow­ing Greenery)
  • 1 Bunch (10 Stems) Green­ery (Fern Or Ruscus)
  • 2 Bricks Of Flo­ral Foam
  • Large Foot­ed Container
  • Good Pair Of Stem Cutters


1. Pre-soak flower foam in Flo­ral Food water

2. Cut the foam to fit in the con­tain­er. It should sit up a bit over the lip so that you are able to place some of the stems into the side, not just the top.

3. Add some water to the con­tain­er, but do not fill it. The foam is already soaked and once stems are placed in the foam the water will be displaced.

4. Start your design from the back of the con­tain­er with your tallest Glad­i­o­lus. Your tallest stem can be 2–3x the height of the vase. It should be tall and slim.

5. Fill in between with the Lark­spur and add a bit of green­ery to fill in the back.

6. Con­tin­ue to build the arrange­ment com­ing towards the front, cut­ting stems short­er so that the design is tallest in the back. Like a lay­er cake, but on its side. Add anoth­er lay­er of Glad­i­o­lus with Lark­spur short­er than the first set.

7. Fin­ish the front with the Alstroe­me­ria and fill in any “holes” with green­ery (like Ferns or Rus­cus or Mini Euca­lyp­tus) towards the bottom.

In-stu­dio photos

Kit took these pho­tos of each step in the design at our stu­dio for the large arrange­ment we brought to the set as our example.

Use one brick of foam as the main cen­ter­piece of foam architecture.

Oasis floral foam brick soaked

One entire soaked brick of foam goes into the mid­dle of the vase.

Shape anoth­er brick of foam in wedge shapes and a lift for the bot­tom of the vase.

Kit cut anoth­er brick of soaked flo­ral foam into wedges and a small rec­tan­gle to fit into the container.

Add Foam and Wedge in place.

Foam is wedged into the container and should not move around.

Here are two of the wedges along with the main brick in the con­tain­er. Kit added the oth­er two wedges and trimmed about a 1/2 inch off the top. Foam needs to be above the con­tain­er for this design.

Add the first lay­er of Glad­i­o­lus — near the back of the design.

Fan of Gladiolus stems

Kit start­ed with a lay­er of alter­nat­ing col­or Glad­ilous stems. The fan is tallest in the mid­dle and then is grad­u­al­ly short­er out to the sides.

 Here is a close­up look at the stems in the foam

Add green­ery to fin­ish the back and add dimen­sion to the design.

Greenery in back of floral designs.

Since this is a one-sided design, Kit added green­ery to the back to fin­ish the look.

Add next lay­er of Delphinium/Larkspur that is a lit­tle short­er than the first lay­er of Gladiolus.


Add two more lay­ers of Glads and Lark­spur that step down in height

Layers of Larkspur and Gladilous mixed with Ruscus.

Kit has added a few lay­ers at this step. She added a lay­er of Lark­spur that is a lit­tle short­er and in front of the first back lay­er of Glad­i­o­lus. Then added some green­ery and more Glad­i­o­lus. The next step will be adding more lark­spur before fin­ish­ing with flow­ing green­ery and Alstroemeria.

Fin­ish with flow­ing green­ery branch­es and Alstroemeria.

Show-stopping florals - Flower Duet.

Here is the com­plete show-stop­per! Ready for an appear­ance on the Home and Fam­i­ly show! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

To see more about our episode, see The Home and Fam­i­ly Show web­site.