Timeless and Sublime

Timeless & Sublime

FLORAL DESIGNS AND PHOTOS BY LORI MCNORTON TEXT BY MARTI BOONE, CFD The adage “tricks of the trade” and the sound advice it invites come to mind when working with flowers that require specific care to elongate their use and enjoyment....
Petal Passion and Panache

Petal Passion and Panache

The simplicity and elegance of these complementary pieces can transform wedding and special-occasion attire to another level thanks to textural and detailed elements that delight the eyes. Here, noted floral designer Susan McLeary, owner of Passionflower in Ann Arbor,...
3-Dimensional Décor

3-Dimensional Décor

Inspired by the ruching technique of a seamstress, this embellishment is fast, easy and customizable for any floral combination with your choice of favorite ribbon. Here, designer Lori McNorton chose a striking black-and-white ribbon to embellish the front of...
Structured Alstreomerias

Structured Alstreomerias

Step 1 Assemble all materials, remove the leaves from the lower stems of the Alstroemerias and fill the vase with properly proportioned flower-food solution. Step 2 Use the spiraling technique to create a bouquet. Bind with a piece of rope or...
Tropical Nouveau

Tropical Nouveau

Tropical flower arrangements are often architectural, linear, formal-linear or free-form designs, and because of the sizes of some of the botanicals, often relatively large. They also frequently contain only botanicals that are native to the tropics.“Tropical Nouveau” is...

ELEVATED ELEGANCE

A smorgasbord of succulents stars in this captivating centerpiece. Floral design by svetlana (lana) Chernyavsky, aiFd Simple materials are transformed into a singular statement piece for a dining table or sideboard in this creation by Svetlana (Lana) Chernyavsky, AIFD, of Dream...
Molecular Flor-ology

Molecular Flor-ology

Inspired by molecular structures, floral artist Arthur Williams, AIFD, EMC, owner of Babylon Floral Design in Denver, Colo., created a fruit-and-vegetable armature with wood skewers and toothpicks. The innovative creation serves a dual purpose: as an...
Modern Wreath

Modern Wreath

A twist on the traditional wreath form, this suspended crescent is a mix of modern art and 1970s chic. “It speaks to the minimalist, the millennial, the modern art lover, and perhaps to the traditionalist looking for a twist,”...
Cascading Floral Wrap

Cascading Floral Wrap

Like fine jewels, gorgeous blue blooms and rosettes of Sedum cascade among a beaded wire framework that is a piece of art all its own. The teardrop outline at the back of the necklace adds interest at both front...

Hanging Garden

Take your floral design to new heights with this dramatic but easy-to-execute floral tower, which can be suspended from any sturdy anchor for ceremony or special-event décor. Designer Susan McLeary says she added flowers in a “purposely random” fashion...
Monotone and Multitextral

Monotone and Multitextral

Monochromatic is the preferred color harmony of renowned floral and event designer, Ian Prosser, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, NDSF. “That’s who I am,” he says. With this hand-tied vase-drop design, Ian created a color scheme based on the hue of...
Summer Bounty

Summer Bounty

Textural flowers and foliages intermingle in this delightful collection that draws the eye while fragrant garden roses invite one to linger and recall sunny summer days in the garden.Crafted with plenty of dimension, each ingredient’s natural beauty shines as...
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...
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...
Circle of Love

Circle Of Love

The foliage collar is elevated to a starring role in this updated approach to the classic round bouquet, reinforcing the symbol of eternal love. Shimmering, spiraling Leyland cypress surrounds a creamy collection of hybrid tea roses, garden roses and...
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...
For the month of May, Kaylee Young demonstrates how she designs a hand-tied bridal bouquet, featuring flowers from Holex, that has a flowing round shape, filled with interesting textures and beautiful color. Kaylee places flowers at different depths to...
Natalia Januszewski creates an arrangement that adds drama to even the most minimalist spaces As the saying goes, April’s inclement weather ushers in a crop of lush florals for the month of May. The bold peonies and ruffled ranunculus...
When customers come in seeking a few cash-and-carry blooms or a bouquet, make sure you send them away with a taste of your artistry. Practice your wrapping not only to improve your speed but also to try out different...
If you’re planning an elegant, bright, and exciting event like a wedding, your venue needs the class, personality, and vitality of beautiful blooms to match your aesthetic, complement your color scheme, and add natural charm to your decor. Whether...
With pretty peonies, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring flowers in full bloom, it’s easy to set a festive and colorful spring table for a dinner at home or a spring wedding. For our table we used a pretty mix...
Farm to Vase Rose Workshop: designing roses on a flower farm Mount Vernon, Washington June 12, 2018 Join Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Blog & Bella Fiori Design and Dawn Severin of All My Thyme for a day filled...
FLOWER crowns have become the obligatory festival headwear – but there’s a blooming lovely new hairstyle set to dominate the summer. Braided roses were created by Alison Valsamus, a stylist based in Connecticut, US, and they’re a fresh, modern...
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