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...
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,”...
In July, Kelly Shore, of Damascus, Md.-based Petals by the Shore, and Beth Van Sandt, co-owner with her husband Kurt Weichhand of Homer, Alaska-based Scenic Place Peonies, documented a quintessential moment for Alaska-grown peonies, all in celebration of American...
Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom

Like pink tulips or yellow daffodils that spring up every year and add a short burst of color to the season, “Art in Bloom” events sprouted anew again this year at museums and flower-focused venues across the country....
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,...
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...
There’s a place on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, where everyone who walks through the door is family. There are actually two doors to enter this delightful flower and gift shop called Magpie Blossom Boutique, this year’s winner of...
Let’s talk about COGS. One of the most important things to master as a florist is how your business turns a profit. Floral designers (whether owners or employees) must have a clear understanding of how to price by...
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...
This year’s Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association ( WUMFA) convention combined hard-hitting business sessions with a variety of design presentations. The event was held April 6-8 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Derrick Myers, CPA,...
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Local Grown

Watch as Lori designs a beautiful garden bouquet using all local grown flowers, purchased from farm to wholesale to consumer. A simple technique of ribbon and twine is also shared to upscale the look of a simple black vase.
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...
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PRODUCTS IN BLOOM

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...
Happy Easter! (No eggs were hidden in this picture) Watermelon coleus! In unrelated news, I’m ready for spring. Makes a very dry greyhound. Such are the light-hearted and funny captions that Liz Carter adorns her colorful and intriguing photos...
What is “neutral”? When we hear the word “neutral,” we tend to think of khaki pants and white shirts, eggshell walls and beige sofas. Boring? Well, neutral doesn’t have to be boring. The world of modern...
Emily Ellen Anderson loves math, science and adores art. At university, she studied structural engineering and sculpture, eventually qualifying to be a landscape architect. Emily now owns Lola Creative, in Edmonds, Wash. Her company is renowned for creating amazing...
Question of the month

Question of the Month

An understanding of basic biology and botany guides my respect for and care of floral materials. It also influences choices of materials and design if I wish to replicate nature or go “against nature.” An appreciation of architecture encourages...
A business leader recently interviewed several candidates for a customer-service position. All were capable, but the leader said none of them “wowed” him. He asked, “We need to fill the role ASAP; what should we do?” My mind...
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” - Steve Jobs When we...
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Herb Cuttings

Watch as Lori selects planted herbs and takes them from pots, to design, to the kitchen. Using cuttings of sage, basil and oregano, tying each cluster off with a hanger and labeled, then placing into small vases tucked into...
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Lucky Bamboo

Watch as Lori uses potted bamboo shoots as holders for decorative tubes. Strips of muslin are tied around each shoot and tube for added stability. Dendrobium orchids and anemones are placed in each tube to create a blowing in the...
ASTANA FLORA EXPO 2018

ASTANA FLORA EXPO 2018

Specialists from various flower, landscaping and greenhouse industries gathered April 11-13 in Astana, Kazakhstan (home of the 2017 World's Fair, Expo 2017 Astana), for the ninth annual Astana Flora Expo 2018 to explore products, developments and trends in floriculture...
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Scent of Lavender

Watch as Lori creates a sweet arrangement using cuttings from a potted lavender plant. Lavender stems are used to weave in a basket for an upscale look and the blossoms are tucked into a hydrangea and adorned with a...
In the past, if you asked someone to locate Dubai on a map, the common response would be a bewildered expression. Today, however, people are taking notice of this country’s modernization and global progress. One area gaining attention is...
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