May/June 2019 News
20th Anniversary Edition :: The Story Behind the Name Flower Duet
Flower Tool :: Music Playlists for Making Floral Designs
By Kit Wertz
I am putting our flower tool recommendation first in this newsletter since we are celebrating 20 years of Flower Duet! Yay! Here is the story behind our business name!
In college, I was a deejay for both of my local public radio stations. One was a classical station and NPR member station (WMRA) where I was offered the job because I could pronounce all the European composer names with a proper accent (thanks to years of listening to my parents’ classical music albums on vinyl). I loved playing the classical music, but also sharing the airwaves with Scott Simon during Weekend Edition Saturday. It was my love for public radio that turned me onto the music I walked down the aisle to for my wedding and was the inspiration for our name — Flower Duet. One of our local NPR stations, KCRW, used to play the Flower Duet during pledge drives to inspire listeners to donate at the Angel level. The song is from Léo Delibes opera, Lakmé. I loved this song! It wasn’t until I was listening to another of the fantastic public radio stations in Los Angeles, KUSC, when I found out the name of this famous song. The Flower Duet! Here it is…I am sure you may remember it from old British Airways commercials, too.
Casey’s and my love of music did not only encompass classical music. Our parents played rock (Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys) as well as lots of folk music (Peter, Paul & Mary, The Limelighters) and every Broadway Musical by Gershwin, Porter, and Rogers & Hammerstein. My brother, sister and I all listened to lots of rock, some punk rock and lots of alternative rock as teenagers.
While in college, the other station where I worked as a deejay was part of the Mass Communications department (from which I earned my Bachelor’s Degree) — WXJM. One of the shows I hosted with a friend, Jim Van Slyke and we were known as The Avant Gardeners. Our show was a fun mix of new college bands and other alternative bands. When I re-connected with him on Facebook, I asked him what he was listening to and he said that his kids loved “Vampire Weekend.” I LOVE this band and wouldn’t you know their new album features a song called “Sunflower” and it is catchy and perfect for making floral designs. Take a listen.
Whenever we need to get into a groove, we play music in the studio. Since we have designers from many backgrounds and we often have kids around, we have to pick and choose our music carefully.
Here are a few of the playlists we love and think would be great for your flower flinging. I think it’s funny my first DeeJay name had a connection to plants! It had more to do with my future career than the radio did, but radio still makes a huge impact on my life. I am a sustaining member to all three of my local public radio stations and avid support of National Public Radio.
Flower Playlist for Large Groups — Getting a Groove Going
There are lots of ways to have a music playlist these days. You can choose a radio station on Google Music, Amazon Music or Pandora. Casey uses Pandora and it’s a great way to pick a favorite musician and then have a music playlist curated around that vibe.
For large groups in the studio, we like these bands’ radio stations for flower making tunes:
For solo working, when we are trying to be contemplative or creative we play:
Etiquette… To A Tee Event Flowers
Flower Duet designed and made 150 living floral rings for the event. Each guest had the chance to choose a ring to wear during the event. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Flower Duet co-sponsored an educational event with a group of event vendors with whom we work and meet each month. We call ourselves the Wedding & Event Heroes and had a successful 6th Annual Spring Event at Terranea Resort last month featuring our wonderful guest speaker Julian Leaver!
Please visit our Wedding and Event Heroes Website to see photos and video of the event: Etiquette… To a Tee
Guests posted on Instagram great photos they captured of living floral rings, scrumptious food and drinks, fabulous live entertainment and our wonderful speaker, Mr. Leaver! Leslie McCammon was the (at random drawing) winner of our Instagram contest. She won a free round of golf at The Links at Terranea and lunch at Nelson’s Restaurant. Congratulations, Leslie!
Sponsors: The Wedding and Event Heroes
Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz — Flower Duet
Meg Walker — Made by Meg
KC Campbell — Vox DJs
Jackie Hanson — Design Visage
Miki & Sonja Rakicevic — Miki & Sonja Photography
Alistair Tober — The VIPs Entertainment Inc.
Amy Berman – Vanilla Bake Shop
Stella & Paul Santiago — Boffo Video
Nicole Lazo & Eleni Cuevas — Terranea Resort
Guests play Croquet during Etiquette To A Tee at Terranea. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Detail of Flower Duet’s living floral rings. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet pose in their Large floral ring circle arch at Etiquette To A Tee at Terranea on May 7, 2019. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
The colors for the event were hot pink and orange. Here is a fun Lilly Pulitzer inspired vase by Flower Duet. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Kit (left) laughs with guests during the presentation by Julian Leaver, AKA The Dapper Diplomat. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Casey (far right) checks in guests at the event. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Each guest received a customized notebook by Poppin, Sensa Pen and program for the event to take notes during the presentation by Julian Leaver. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
The Boy Band by VIPs Entertainment serenaded the guests during the cocktail and networking hour. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
After the event, the members of the Wedding & Event Heroes posed with croquet mallets on the lawn at Terranea. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Kids Summer Flower Camp Announced
The emphasis of the 1‑week camp will be on the Art of Floral Design, but this study requires all aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Here are some of the topics we’ll cover over the week. Campers will go home with their own creation every day!
- Science of Dying Flowers Different Colors
- Art of How to Choose Fresh Flowers
- Science of How to Keep Flowers Fresh
- Making a Flower Bouquet to Send a Message
- We work as a Team to Engineer a Structure and Attach Flowers
- Use Math to Make a profit with Fundraising Flowers
- Explore the Science of Dying Fabric with Flower petals
- A Lesson on Marketing Using Technology
- Artistic Jewelry Boxes & Treasure Chests
This Month’s Free Online Floral Class
Free Class of the Month: Flowers For Dad
Check out how to make a fun flower design for Father’s Day.
This is part of our ongoing Flower Arranging Friday series you can subscribe to for a low monthly fee! You’ll receive downloads of the supplies used in each class, step-by-step video instruction and lots of tips along the way!
A Full Bouquet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time
Our Flower Arranging Fridays series is a perfectly-sized approach to learning the art of floral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a truly useful floral design technique in a current event floral design style. This class series will keep you wondering what we’ll show you next!
As part of each class, you’ll receive:
1. A downloadable PDF list of supplies including the flower recipe.
2. Easy-to-follow mini video lessons so you’ll never have to rewind the video to see a step again.
3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a successful floral arranger!
Transporting Flowers: Grid 2 Ways
A while back in a newsletter we shared one of the delivery systems we use to transport flowers. It’s a fantastic Grid Kit product made by a Florida company — Seminole Floral Delivery System.
Lately, we’ve been using it in double layers to take twice as many flowers.
We have three Grid Kits. We’ve put one layer of grids on the bottom, added the longest pipes and put another layer on the top (upside down). The bottom layer can hold flower vases and the top layer can hold flowers in long boxes.
SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT 2019 — Discount Available
The upcoming Slow Flowers Summit has been in the works for nearly a year now and as the date gets closer, Debra Prinzing is extending a discount code for registering. This year’s summit is on July 1–2, 2019 in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Ms. Prinzing is extending an offer of $50 off the cost of registration. “The success of the Summit, now in its third year, is because of the diversity of those who attend – floral designers and flower farmers, veterans in the industry and those who are new, progressives in the American-grown floral community and people who attend to find out more about the Movement,” says Prinzing. Use the coupon code $50OFF at the time of registration to receive the discount.
The Summit for 2019 has an amazing lineup of speakers, plenty of time to connect with fellow attendees, amazing food and inspiring venues.
It’s just 4 short weeks away. Register now! Kit attended the first Slow Flowers Summit gatherings in Seattle (2017) and both Casey and Kit were guest speakers at the second annual summit in Washington, D.C. (2018).
Use the coupon code $50OFF to receive your discounted ticket! To register:
1. Click here
2. Choose the quantity of General (Non-Member) tickets you wish to purchase
3. At the bottom of the page, click Checkout
4. On the right side, click on Enter coupon code
5. Enter coupon code $50OFF and press Enter
6. Enter your personal information
7. Click Continue to complete payment
*this coupon code can be applied to the Slow Flowers Member and General (Non-Member) ticket types
Here is a snapshot video from last year’s event when Flower Duet Spoke:
Flower Book Review
Gain inspiration from the fabulous artists in this book for your own artwork. I especially love the background story on floral installation artist Rebecca Louise Law.
Rebecca Louse Law Art from The Big Art Book
“Celebrate 45 women artists, and gain inspiration for your own practice, with this beautiful exploration of contemporary creators from the founder of The Jealous Curator. Walk into any museum, or open any art book, and you’ll probably be left wondering: where are all the women artists? A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women) offers an exciting alternative to this male-dominated art world, showcasing the work of dozens of contemporary women artists alongside creative prompts that will bring out the artist in anyone!
This beautiful book energizes and empowers women, both artists and amateurs alike, by providing them with projects and galvanizing stories to ignite their creative fires. Each chapter leads with an assignment that taps into the inner artist, pushing the reader to make exciting new work and blaze her own artistic trail. Interviews, images, and stories from contemporary women artists at the top of their game provide added inspiration, and historical spotlights on art “herstory” tie in the work of pioneering women from the past. With a stunning, gift-forward package and just the right amount of pop culture-infused feminism, this book is sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring women artists. ”