Trend-forward compositions for
Designs by Bill J. Harper, AIFD Fellow, AAF
For inspiration this Mother’s Day, designer Bill J. Harper, AIFD fellow,
AAF, relied on the directions suggested in The American Floral Trends
Forecast® 2008-2009, which is sponsored by the California Cut Flower
Commission (CCFC), when creating these Mother’s Day offerings. They will
appeal to moms of both traditional and modern sensibilities.
As you plan your Mother’s Day offerings, follow Mr. Harper’s lead, and
replicate the floral gifts, or use the trend information to inspire your
own unique Mother’s Day wares.
(For more information on the floral trends forecast, see our January
2008 issue, Pages 39-49 in the “Past Issues” section.)
These diminutive posies, which are arranged into tiny
jardinieres and bedecked with bamboo accents and wiry
medallions, can be sold individually or as coordinating
companion pieces for Mother’s Day. In the smoky pink vessel,
vertical stalks of bamboo reinforce the Asian theme as do the
Dahlias, whose spiky petals somewhat resemble lotus flowers.
MATERIALS: Gerberas and Delphiniums from The Sun Valley
Group; ‘Blue Moon’ spray roses, spray chrysanthemums,
carnations, Dahlias, oregonia and seeded Eucalyptus from
favorite suppliers; bamboo from Knud Nielsen Company; Bullion
Wire from Smithers-Oasis; containers from Pots Company.
Bold color blocks are formed when materials are grouped by hue,
and the palette is intensified by the glitzy golden pot into
which they’re arranged. The shimmering vessel is also a sleek
foil to the textural groupings arranged within. Simple loops of
ribbon and coordinating yarn, wired together and attached to a
retained stem, pair in a similar textural contrast to complete
this festive gift.
MATERIALS: ‘Broadway’ Oriental lilies, Gerberas and
hyacinths from The Sun Valley Group; ‘Blue Moon’ spray roses,
statice, stocks and yarn from favorite suppliers; ribbon from
Designer Dispatch Ribbon; pot from Jamali Garden Supplies.
Incorporating the natural
qualities of “Habitat,” this arrangement includes a full
spectrum of environmental hues, starting with earth tones in the
vase, vegetative greens and aqueous blues in the center, and
pale sky blues at the top. A twiggy nest, positioned to
counterbalance the budding cluster of Agapanthuses, completes
the arrangement’s meadowland character.
MATERIALS: Eryngiums and hyacinths from The Sun Valley
Group; Agapanthuses and Trachelium from favorite suppliers; nest
from Knud Nielsen Company; eggs from Melrose International; pot
from Scheurich USA.
This gorgeous cluster of
all-white florals, tucked into a French-inspired flower-bucket
vase, will have greatest appeal with moms of traditional tastes.
The fragrant mass, inspired by the “Whisper” trend, is assembled
into a Hydrangea cluster, the tiny lateral stems of which form a
fresh armature through which the individual stems are arranged.
The materials are mixed randomly to reflect the composition’s
European influence, but the callas, which extend slightly beyond
the opaline mound, are given top billing.
MATERIALS: Hydrangeas, Freesias, tulips and hyacinths
from The Sun Valley Group; miniature callas from favorite
suppliers; Emma Grace tin vase with detachable magnet from
burton + BURTON.
Bill J. Harper, AIFD Fellow, AAF, is
a floral designer, consultant and educator. He resides in
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