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...
In the midst of one of the harshest winters on record, the Windy City offered a fresh breath of spring air to thousands of flower lovers and gardening veterans and families of all ages with the return 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...
On a small plot of land near Puget Sound in Des Moines, Wash., a quaint maritime city about 15 minutes south of Seattle, is where master gardener Debra Prinzing stops to smell the flowers. Literally. Like the blooms...
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...
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Nature’s Garden

Watch as Lori creates an arrangement that will take you on a stroll though nature's garden. Combining a variety of fresh cut flowers that looks as though they were cut right out of the garden and designing with natural...

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...
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...
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...
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...
Team Flower Conference

Team Flower Conference

Team Flower, a worldwide community serving the floral industry hosted its first annual conference in March. Sweet Root Village, la Musa de las Flores, Martha Stewart Weddings, Colonial House of Flowers, Mayesh Wholesale Florist, James Farmer Inc., Florists’ Review,...
The “In the Making” wedding show was part of an incredible series of events last March at United Floral Inc. (UFI) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. UFI General Manager Tony Graaf worked with Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, EMC, to put...
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...
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...

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...
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,...
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...
INSTAGRAMMER OF THE MONTH

INSTAGRAMMER OF THE MONTH

If not for his niece, Antonio Valente might never had dabbled in the world of Instagram. Back in 2015, this grower of organic cut flowers, in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, had been reluctant to join yet another social media platform,...
Inspired by domestic flower promotion weeks in the U.K., the U.S. and Australia, Natasa Kajganic, of the Toronto Flower Market, recently announced the inaugural Canadian Flowers Week. She is creating a grass-roots, collaborative, nationwide event to involve the entire floral...
Woodland Couture

Woodland Couture

In Montana, flower farmers and florists who adhere to the Slow Flowers mission have learned to broaden their definition of what’s seasonal. For Carly Jenkins, of Killing Frost Farm, a farmer-florist-forager based in Missoula, Mont., that means viewing every...
“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....
products in bloom cover

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...
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...
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...
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