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When working on the “Inspiration for Creation” feature article in our March issue, we were overwhelmed by the number of floral designers who wanted to contribute to that project. Because we could not include everyone, we created this column...
Fall for Inspiration

Fall for Inspiration

Harvest the season’s traditional and not-so-traditional colors and textures for innovative trend applications and unexpected designs. It’s the time of year for the beloved transition to changing leaves and the emergence of fall-friendly flowers and greenery. And while color usually...

Creativity: Pirjo Koppi

When working on the “Inspiration for Creation” feature article in our March issue, we were overwhelmed by the number of floral designers who wanted to contribute to that project. Because we could not include everyone, we created this column...
fabulous cake flowers

Fabulous Cake Flowers

1. Were the flowers grown organically, or were they treated with chemicals/pesticides? A gentle rinse of cool water will help rid the petals, leaves and stems of soil, chemicals and bacteria. Follow up with an effective display technique to prevent...
When working on the “Inspiration for Creation” feature article in our March issue, we were overwhelmed by the number of floral designers who wanted to contribute to that project. Because we could not include everyone, and because we believe...
Anatomy of a Vase

Anatomy of a Vase

Syndicate Sales is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of floral hard goods in the United States, employing nearly 300 team members in Kokomo, Ind. The company was co-founded by Fern and Del Demaree, affectionately called “Nan” and...
The beloved American rose is a symbol of so many emotions and sentiments, yet it is an endangered flower. According to Janet Louie of Green Valley Floral in Salinas, Calif., exclusive U.S. growers of David Austin roses, domestic rose...
Wild & Free

Wild & Free

Instagram, Pinterest, home décor shows and magazines all remain filled with shabby chic/farmhouse décor, and that trend continues to inform the summer party scene. Anything with the rustic, vintage look of recycled or found material takes on a starring...
Farmhouse Traditions: For those who yearn for a natural or simplistic take on Christmas décor, the “Wildroot” trend embodies old-fashioned charm, evergreen aromas, organic styling and rustic traditions. Here, the overcast grays outside are warmly contrasted inside with holiday...
Merry & Bright: Perhaps initially unexpected for holiday décor inspiration and applications, the unconventional “Kaleidoscope” aesthetic is effortlessly aligned with all things Christmas thanks to its festive and vivid colors reminiscent of glowing retro Christmas tree lights from the...
Joyful Noise: For ringing in the holidays, “Crescendo’s” soft and subdued color palette becomes a gardener’s virtual delight; where springtime blooms lend their colors for holiday décor and wintery frost finishes. Use of softer gray-greens is dominant this time...
Holiday Cheer: Noted for its Japanese motif inspiration and enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, “Hanami” is poised to transform holiday décor options to higher levels of luxury and sophistication this coming season. The trend’s palette of deep maroons...
Gorgeous pure-white blooms and wispy plumosa fern create a lush chandelier centerpiece to complement the blooms adorning the table below. To create the chandelier, designer Susan McLeary, of Passionflower in Ann Arbor, Mich., uses a simple wiring technique, which...

Crowning Glory

What at first glance appears to be a single floral headpiece is actually a floral headband and multiple floral-adorned clips that combine to accommodate any hair length. Designer Lori McNorton glued jasmine vine into the headband design and followed...

Chapeau Vivant

Brides looking for a twist on the traditional veil will find flowers an avant-garde and eye-catching option. Here, designer Arthur Williams, AIFD, EMC, CPF, of Babylon Floral Design in Denver, Colo., shares his signature mechanics for floral headpieces, which...
Shean Strong makes no bones about it: Those witty captions on his Instagram posts? “Those are all me,” says the Atlanta-based floral designer. And those captions are, indeed, witty. But you have to make sure to read them closely because...
If you’re a florist on Instagram, there’s a good chance you’re following @passionflowersue or Françoise Weeks. Their inventive use of flowers as wearables, or floral couture, is inspiring floral artists worldwide. But while the work they create is so...
Who: Kelli Galloway, owner and designer What: Hops Petunia Floral Where: Kingston, New York Social Media: hopspetunia.com @hopspetunia About: As a teenager, Kelli Galloway worked in floral shops as an after-school gig, picking up tips and subtly falling in love with the floral...
The fourth season of the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour kicks off this month, with two dinners at California flower farms. The fourth season of the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is about to get underway....
Wedding days are unforgettable, and part of what creates those memorable scenes are the flowers. From bouquets and boutonnières to archways, centerpieces and beyond, flowers set the stage for some of the biggest days. For the past 18 years, Florists’...

Ribbons of Love

Diaphanous ribbons add new dimension to a gorgeous trio of designs perfect for Mother’s Day sales. Pair double-sided satin and sweet see-through stripes for myriad design options whether accessorizing a wire topiary or elevating a glass container. These show-stoppers...

Bedecked Bangles

Floral Design By Holly Heider Chapple Photos By Rebekah J. Murray Flowers and other considerations provided by DVFlora Small but showy blooms, beautiful berries and snips of textural foliages transform simple bangle bracelets into must-have wedding and prom accessories. Designer Holly Heider...

Artistically Inspired

The vase’s painted bloom, with its casual lines and citrus hues, inspired this airy posy incorporating all the best of spring. Loops of cotton ribbon, rustic wire and button wire feature prominently at the forefront before wending their way...
Who doesn’t love a pretty flower crown? This trend is hotter than ever, and what I love about them is that with so many ways to design them, each crown can be your own unique creation! I’ve done a...

Hint of Blue

Brides will love this romantic collection of luscious garden roses and delicate grape hyacinths and jasmine, entwined by vines and surrounded by fluttering maidenhair fern. Each of the blooms adds its own fragrance to the collection, and a pair...
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