products in bloom

PRODUCTS IN BLOOM

1. All My Thyme, 'Mother of Pearl' Grandiflora rose, allmythyme.com 2. Badash Crystal, 12” Aqua Color Floral Shaped Glass Candy Dish, (631) 242-9101, badashcrystal.com 3. BellaRosa, 'Topaz' Silver Frosty rose, bellarosa.com 4. Centimo, Vase Color, centimo.nl...
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...
If you talk with artists from any discipline and ask them their opinion on math or science, a common response is: “I went into a creative field so I don’t have to ‘do’ math.” Yet for a rare few,...
The Allure of Dahlias

The Allure of Dahlias

Against the backdrop of the October 2017 Tubbs Fire that decimated large areas of Northern California’s wine country, Dahlia farmer Kate Rowe, of Aztec Dahlias in Petaluma, Calif., and farmer-florist Hedda Brorstrom, of Full Bloom Farm in nearby Sebastopol,...
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...
Ode to the Iris

Ode to the Iris

Faye Zierer Krause, of Flora Organica Designs in Arcata, Calif., considers the standard Iris a bit of an underdog. But having grown up on her parents’ organic farm before starting her floral design studio in 2015, she finds appreciation...
Nearly 900 delegates attended the highly anticipated World Balloon Convention (WBC) 2018, held March 14-17, in San Diego, Calif. Hosted by Pioneer Balloon Company, the event showcased balloon artists and creations from across the globe with delegates representing 52...
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...
LA LA Life and style

LA LA Life and style

A crucial part of trend forecasting is to routinely analyze pop culture and its influence on color, design and décor. The importance of what is on our screens, from the theater to our phones, is one of our strongest...
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show has been a beloved annual tradition since 1829. It is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event bringing the flower experience to more than 250,000 attendees every year. This year’s theme, “Wonders of Water,”...
products in bloom

PRODUCTS IN BLOOM

I was invited to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf this March, and it was great to leave snowy London and land in 77 degrees. I was there to talk to 18 shop owners from...
Watch as Lori McNorton design a fanciful floral arrangement with flowers and foliage provided by our sponsor, FlowerFarm. An array of roses, hydrangea, stock, standard and spray carnations, bells of Ireland, larkspur, fragrant jasmine and bright green fern make...
The flora of the Big Island of Hawaii provided Alison Grace Higgins, owner of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka’a, and manager Nicole Cordier, a complex palette with which to dream up their remarkable his-and-hers botanical garments. With the island’s plant...
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...
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...
On March 20-22, the 2018 World Floral Expo took place in Rosemont (Chicago), Ill. The event was well attended, with thousands of flower importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers from around the country visiting the show. Attendees represented nearly 30...
The Maple Leaf Cup

The Maple Leaf Cup

The third annual Maple Leaf Cup floral design competition was held on March 23 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Edmonton Home & Garden Show. This year, there were 20 competitors from across Canada competing for the huge opportunity...
For the third year running, Certified American Grown Flowers worked with The Congressional Club to guarantee that all of the flowers and foliage featured at this year’s First Lady’s Luncheon, held May 15 in Washington, D.C, were American Grown. Every...
The Flowering of Toronto

The Flowering of Toronto

Natasa Kajganic isn’t a florist or a flower farmer. But she does love flowers. So after being charmed by European street markets, where blooms and bouquets seemed abundantly available, she returned home to Toronto and wondered, “Where is the...
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...
“I’ve been in business for 40 years, and suddenly, it’s all just slowing down. Very frustrating!” Debbie Samford, the owner of Carriage Flowers & Gifts in Lake Jackson, Texas, shared with me when I visited her shop in June....
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Falling for Tulips

Who says tulips are just for Spring? Watch as Lori designs a autumn-inspired arrangement with orange tulips and snapdragons provided by The Sun Valley Group and demonstrates how to make an armature from decorative wire and artificial fall picks....
Question of the Month - August

Question of the Month

Brides today are coming in for their consults sooner. It used to be four to six months out, but today we are booking 12 months out. The majority of brides today are open to suggestions based off inspirations. Many...
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...
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