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image004.11.02.904.67-Garland-50-200x200.jpg (12492 bytes) Fresh Floral Garland

The easiest and most elegant way to decorate a wedding venue is to use a premade garland of fresh foliage, then fill that garland with fresh flowers. In this video clip Leanne introduces two time saving products from FiftyFlowers.com; premade garlands and bagged Gerbera daisy blossoms.  Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Garden-Trio-200x200.jpg (20103 bytes) A Garden Flower Trio

Summer has arrived and summer flowers abound our gardens. A recent trip to the Farmer’s Market revealed a wide and exciting selection of garden blossoms. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates how to create a trio of vases filled with the beautiful seasonal flowers of the garden. She finishes the design by tying the vases together with decorative flat cane to create a unique design perfect for a summer party. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Euro-Style-200x200.jpg (11740 bytes) A European Styled Bridal Bouquet

Usually build on an armature with a low flat face, geometric, highly textural and composed of interesting materials; creating a European Styled Bridal Bouquet can be very challenging, even for an experienced designer. In this video clip, Leanne introduces the new square European Bouquet Holder created by Oasis® Floral Products.  Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Garden-Rose-200x200.jpg (15629 bytes) A Garden Rose Bridal Bouquet

Garden Roses are a favorite of today’s brides. The beautiful colors, the large blossoms, the heady fragrance; it’s no wonder that they are so popular. But, where do you buy garden roses and are they available all year? In this video clip Leanne creates a beautiful hand-tied garden rose bridal bouquet and shares an excellent resource for purchasing garden roses; FiftyFlowers.com. Enjoy!

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Peony-Centerpiece-200x200.jpg (13609 bytes) A Romantic Bridal Centerpiece

Romantic, fragrant and feminine...three words often used to describe the favorite centerpieces of today. Peonies, hydrangeas and roses are the perfect blooms for this design. Leanne demonstrates how to create a lavish centerpiece with a surprising wrap for a creative touch in this bridal centerpiece.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Bridal-Tea-200x200.jpg (12884 bytes) A Bridal Tea Party

Planning flowers for a bridal shower, a bridal tea party or a luncheon for the mothers of the bride and groom is an opportunity to exercise your creativity. In this video clip Leanne creates a centerpiece for a bridal tea party using a favorite tea set.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Rose-Petals-200x200.jpg (16459 bytes) A Rose Petal Aisle Runner

One of the most common questions that we receive at FDI is, “How do I calculate how many rose petals I will need for a wedding?” In this Video clip Leanne demonstrates several techniques for creating rose petal aisle runners and accents as she explains the math of calculating the rose petals needed. And, she shares an excellent resource for purchasing bagged, ready-to-use rose petals; FiftyFlowers.com. Enjoy!

image004.11.02.904.67-Lilac-Vase-200x200.jpg (19045 bytes) A Spring Vase of Fragrant Lilacs

Lilacs are a favorite springtime blossom. In this video clip Leanne discusses the care and handling of Lilac as she creates a dramatic large vase arrangement overflowing with Lilacs and Viburnum. Once you know the techniques for designing with Lilacs, you too can enjoy beautiful long lasting fragrant arrangements. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Garden-Pot-200x200.jpg (17294 bytes) Blooming Garden Pot, Flowers for Mother's Day

Creating floral arrangements for family members is one of the great joys of being a professional florist. In this video clip Leanne creates a blooming garden pot filled with a profusion of flowers and shares a technique for adding very special tiny blossoms to an arrangement. Now, it’s time to create your arrangements for the special “Mother’s” in your life. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Green-Chic-200x200.jpg (15382 bytes) Green Chic Bridal Bouquet

Informed brides often see new flowers in magazines even before we see them at the trade shows. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates a very creative bridal bouquet in the trendy eco-green-chic style and shares a favorite resource for high quality, hard-to-find flowers, Florabundance. Enjoy

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image004.11.02.904.67-Orchid-Wrist-200x200.jpg (10724 bytes) Orchid Wrist Corsage with Brooch

The wrist corsage with an orchid is “THE” corsage for proms. But, it must have “bling”. In this video clip Leanne shares how to turn a collection of beads and buttons into a one-of-a-kind brooch and creates a dramatic orchid wrist corsage.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Creative-Design-200x200.jpg (13764 bytes) Creative Design Mechanics

Designing the mechanics for supporting flowers in uniquely shaped vases and containers can be a real challenge for floral designers. When we find a new technique or product that really works, we can’t wait to share. In this video clip, Leanne shares and demonstrates her newest discovery, the Floralgrid.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Tulip-Care-200x200.jpg (12835 bytes) Tulip Care & Handling

Springtime has arrived and everywhere I look I see tulips. Now is the time to fill your house with flowers. But first, let’s revisit the basics for the care and handling of tulips. After all, we do want these beauties to last as long as possible.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Easter-Centerpiece-200x200.jpg (14983 bytes) Easter Centerpiece

An Easter Centerpiece can be done in so many ways; from frivolous candy Easter eggs and Peeps set in wheat grass, to a luxurious bowl spilling with spring flowers. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates the use of Table Deco Trays as she creates a sophisticated component centerpiece featuring bird nests and tiny quail eggs. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Blooming-Eggs-200x200.jpg (15475 bytes) Blooming Eggs

What do you do with the gift of a dozen goose eggs? Why, you turn them into beautiful floral arrangements of course. An empty goose egg nested in a pot of wheat grass and filled with spring blossoms; fun, creative and perfect for celebrating the spring equinox. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Elegant-Wrist-200x200.jpg (10739 bytes) Elegant Wrist Corsage

Proms are no longer a simple dance in the gymnasium of yesteryear. Today’s proms are formal, sophisticated a very elegant. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates an elegant wrist corsage using the Shimmer Wrap Wristlet and featuring a cascade of Mega Beads and Dendrobium Orchid blossoms. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Prom-Corsage2-200x200.jpg (11109 bytes) Prom Wrist Corsage

The fresh flower corsage has become an essential element of today’s prom. And, these aren’t your Grandmother’s corsages. The most popular style is the wrist corsage with lots of Bling. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates the use of the Shimmer Wrap Wristlete as she creates a contemporary wrist corsage that is sure to impress. Enjoy

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image004.11.02.904.67 Break-Red-200x200.jpg (14082 bytes) A Break From Red

From Christmas through Valentine’s Day, we professional florists design with a lot of “red flowers” and by the time February 15 arrives we are ready for a break. In this video clip Leanne creates a beautiful monochromatic vase design with a foliage wrap. You will love this break from the holiday colors. Enjoy!

image004.11.02.904.67-French-Tulip-200x200.jpg (11439 bytes) French Tulip Bridal Bouquet

Did you know that there are more marriage engagements between Christmas and Valentine’s Day than at any other time of the year? Yes, the wedding season begins early… In this video clip Leanne demonstrates an extremely elegant French Tulip Bridal Bouquet complete with Gold Rhinestone Ribbon, Gold Bullion Wire and Mega Beads. You are going to love this stylish design.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Cut-Out-200x200.jpg (13426 bytes) Cut Out For Love

Oasis Rainbow Foam is perfect for creating unique Valentine’s Day designs that customers will love. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates techniques for inserting water tubes into blocks of Rainbow Foam and cutting out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. She then creates beautiful fresh flower arrangements that Valentine’s Day Sweethearts will love.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Twisted-Wire-200x200.jpg (13053 bytes) Twisted Wire

As professional florists, we are all looking for new techniques to keep our floral designs fresh and exciting. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates how to twist standard flat wire into a design element perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Basics2-Wiring-200x200.jpg (11118 bytes) Advanced Wiring & Taping of Flowers

Continuing our Back-To-School lessons; in this video clip Leanne demonstrates the advanced techniques of wiring and taping flowers. These are necessary skills for creating corsages, boutonnieres, hand-wired bridal bouquets, tussie-mussies and more… Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Basics-Wiring-200x200.jpg (11233 bytes) The Basics of Wiring & Taping Flowers

2012 has begun and it’s time to go back to school. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates the techniques for wiring an artificial stem on a flower blossom. This is a basic skill necessary for creating corsages, boutonnieres, hand-wired bridal bouquets, tussie-mussies and more… Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-NY-Sparkle-200x200.jpg (11073 bytes) New Year's Sparkle

The celebration of New Year’s Eve gives us one more opportunity to enjoy glitter and glitz in our floral designs. In this video clip Leanne creates a glittery snow design, perfect for your New Year’s Eve party. Happy New Year!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Christmas-Trim-200x200.jpg (16304 bytes) Christmas Trim with a Florist's Flair

Leanne will demonstrate how you can make your holiday packages extra special with creative flair, leftover evergreens, ribbon remnants and bits and pieces from your decorating junk box.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Gifts-Nature-200x200.jpg (17112 bytes) Gifts from Mother Nature

According to an old German legend, if you find a bird nest in the tree you harvest for Christmas, you will have an entire year of health and happiness. In this video clip, Leanne creates a clever arrangement incorporating a “real” bird nest.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Modern-Christmas-200x200.jpg (15270 bytes) Modern Christmas Centerpiece

Are you tired of Fir, Cedar, Red Ribbon and Pine Cones? Perhaps it’s time to take a break from the traditional elements of Christmas. In this video clip, Leanne creates a beautiful, contemporary, yet very Christmas Centerpiece… Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Christmas-Wreath-200x200.jpg (17919 bytes) Christmas Wreath

It’s time to hang a Christmas wreath on the front door. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates easy techniques for creating a sensational Christmas wreath. This is so easy and so much fun, you will want to create several…. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Christmas-Basics.jpg (14886 bytes) Christmas Basics

Thanksgiving is over. It’s time to decorate for the holidays. In this video clip, Leanne shares the basics for creating holiday centerpieces. And, she presents it in a way that will allow you share the design work with friends and family. Yes, fun fabulous and simple decorating ideas for everyone. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67-Thanksgiving-Minute-200x200.jpg (13305 bytes) Last Minute Thanksgiving

A very wise design mentor once told me, “Great design is whatever makes the viewer happy”. And, sometimes the greatest designs are the simplest designs. In this video clip, Leanne shares creative techniques for making simple and easy Thanksgiving designs as well as fantastic ideas for creating new traditions and wonderful memories. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Harvest-Centerpiece-200x200.jpg (16785 bytes) Thanksgiving Harvest Centerpiece

Fresh fruit is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving Centerpiece. However, adding fruit to a floral arrangement can be tricky. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates several techniques for adding fruit as she creates a lovely harvest centerpiece. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Hot-Color-200x200.jpg (13455 bytes) Hot Color Fun

Time to challenge ourselves with a lesson in color; what do you do when you find hot pink and bright yellow flowers that you simply must have? You add blue to create a triadic color harmony. Enjoy this video clip, and then challenge yourself to create your own hot color triadic design.

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image004.11.02.904.67-Thanks-Style-200x200.jpg (15381 bytes) Thanksgiving Style

I do love traditional Thanksgiving centerpieces. But, sometimes I crave something besides yellows, reds and oranges, something besides autumn leaves and gourds, and something in a different style. If you are like me you will love this Thanksgiving Style Centerpiece. Designing with English Garden Roses in autumn, Oh My! Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Ghost-Pumpkin-200x200.jpg (14283 bytes) Ghost Pumpkin

It’s time for Halloween decorating. And you can’t have a Halloween party without a pumpkin arrangement. In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates a new twist for the pumpkin design using a white ghost pumpkin and ghostly colored flowers. Watch out for the bats! Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67Blushing-Bride-200x200.jpg (12573 bytes) Blushing Bride Bouquet

The Blushing Bride flower is unknown to many American floral designers. A native of South Africa, this member of the Protea family was so popular for weddings in its native habitat that it was nearly extent in the 1960’s. Thanks to conservation efforts and the diligence of commercial growers, this lovely and unique flower is again abundant. Leanne creates a lovely bridal bouquet with the Blushing Bride flower. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Forest-Organic-200x200.jpg (18294 bytes) Forest Organic Dahlias

Summer is over, the seasons have changed. On our walks through the woods we find marvelous autumn treasures; lovely grasses, mosses and unique foliages. Yes, you might call these weeds, but we love them. In this video clip Leanne will show you how to create a clever moss covered basket and fill it with treasures from the forest, and a few late season dahlias. Enjoy!

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Country-Casual-200x200.jpg (16094 bytes) Country Casual Dahlias

Dahlias are the perfect blossoms for a casual vase design style. In this video clip Leanne combines dahlias with Viburnum Berries, Sedum, Sea Holly, Dusty Miller and Scabiosa in a vintage Fiesta Ware pitcher to create a love country casual arrangement. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 City-Chic-200x200.jpg (13975 bytes) City Chic Dahlias

Dahlias are such a wonderfully versatile flower.  They are available in so many colors, sizes and shapes and can be used in any design style, from sleek-contemporary to country casual.  In this video clip, Leanne demonstrates an easy to create “City Chic” design using Dahlias, Beargrass and Echinacea pods.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Apple-Teach-200x200.jpg (11856 bytes) An Apple for the Teacher

”Back to School” time is also the start of the apple harvest season. What better way to celebrate both than with an apple for the teacher, but not just any apple. In this demonstration Leanne creates a unique design with an apple as the focal point. The arrangement is perfect as a gift for the teacher or perhaps centerpiece for your dining table. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Summer-Treasures-200x200.gif (28580 bytes) Summer Treasures

The end of summer is bittersweet.  I hate to say good bye to the long, lazy days of summer.  At the same time, I look forward to the crisp days of autumn.  Join me in this week's floral design "how-to" video and create a floral tapestry of Summertime Treasures.  This design is the perfect way to show off all the lovely botanical treasures you collected this summer. |

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image004.11.02.904.67 Summer-End-200x200.jpg (17159 bytes) An End of Summer Centerpiece

Yes, the end of summer is at hand and the garden is at its bountiful peak. Bright sunflowers plus colorful dahlias and lilies overfill the garden. And, herbs and vegetables are abundant as well. In this video clip, Leanne creates a lovely centerpiece for an end of summer picnic. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Duch-Rose-200x200.jpg (9875 bytes) The Basics for Creating a Duchess Rose

A large garden styled rose with a full “blousy” look is very popular with this summer’s brides. Leanne demonstrates the basic techniques for making a Duchess Rose as large as your bride desires.

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Sum-Ctr-200x200.jpg (16893 bytes) Summer Centerpiece

The round centerpiece is the staple of the summer wedding season. And despite the use of various containers, it’s still a round centerpiece. So how do we add more value and excitement to the round centerpiece? The easiest way is to elevate the centerpiece. In this video clip, Leanne shares a simple technique for updating the round centerpiece.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Garden-Odd-200x200.jpg (17996 bytes) Oddities from the Garden

In our search for creative inspiration, we sometimes discover wonderful new treasures. This week’s video clip was inspired by a search of the Saturday Portland Farmer’s Market. I love meeting new flower growers at the Farmer’s Market and I especially love their courage and originality in growing and introducing new species of flowers. For me, there is little more inspiring than a newly discovered blossom… Enjoy.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Garden-Bridal.jpg (14649 bytes) Garden Flowers Bridal Bouquet

I love weddings of all seasons. But, my favorite weddings will always be the weddings of summer. I love the magnificent outdoor venues and I love the expansive selection of flowers, especially flowers from the garden. Although they can be a bit challenging, flowers from the garden make a stunning bridal bouquet.

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image004.11.02.904.67 leftovers.jpg (15587 bytes) Leftovers From the Farmer's Market

After shopping the Farmer’s Market’s for fresh flowers and making a few beautiful bouquets for your home, there are always a few leftovers. A bit of this and a bit of that. In this video clip Leanne takes the leftovers from her Farmer’s Market shopping and creates a lovely Asian styled design.
image004.11.02.904.67 Farm-Market.jpg (16789 bytes) Flowers From the Farmer's Market

Summertime is here and the Farmer’s Markets are an explosion of colorful blossoms. In this video clip Leanne shares how to take “Farmer’s Bouquets” a bit of produce and create a lush summer centerpiece, perfect for you dining table.
image004.11.02.904.67-1 Tussie-Mussie-200x200.jpg (11287 bytes) Tussie Mussie

If you are passionate about flowers and history, you will love this video clip. Leanne explores the history of the Tussie Mussie. In Old English, Tussie Mussie can be interpreted as “a knot of flowers and a bit of moss”. This always fragrant bouquet was first medicinal, then the carrier of secret messages and eventually a symbol of wealth and status.
image 004.11.02.904.67 Lily-Valley-200x200.jpg (9051 bytes) Lily of the Valley, for a Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding changes the game…. Yes, there is a good reason for every professional floral designer to have excellent wiring and taping skills. The tried and true techniques never go out of date. In this clip Leanne revisits Lily of the Valley, and the techniques for wiring and taping these blossoms.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Mothers-Day-200x200.jpg (16273 bytes) Mother's Day Flowers

If there is one time that every floral designer should make a grand spring floral design, it is for their own Mother on Mother’s Day. In this video clip Leanne creates a spectacular arrangement of spring flowers in a low glass bowl. As a special touch, each blossom has its own special meaning. Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Spring-Cube-200x200.jpg (15066 bytes) Springtime Cube Arrangement

The square glass cube is the perfect vase for designing a simple arrangement of spring flowers. It is perfect for short delicate stems, showcases the blossoms beautifully and makes designing fast and easy. In this video clip, Leanne uses colored aluminum wire for an armature and a tiny bird’s nest as a final touch to complete this beautiful spring arrangement.

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Beaded-Halo-200x200.jpg (11371 bytes) Beaded Halo

Sometimes the perfect floral accessory is a chic halo of fresh flowers. No, not your sixties styled halo of daisies or roses and babies’ breath. In this video clip, Leanne creates an elegant halo of pearl beads, baubles and fragrant stephanotis blossoms, perfect for a wedding, a prom or any formal event.

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image004.11.02.904.67- Prom-Bout-200x200.jpg (13875 bytes) Prom Boutonniere

As the prom corsage has become more sophisticated, the need for a coordinating boutonniere becomes paramount. In this video clip Leanne shares the techniques for creating the perfect coordinating boutonniere for the jeweled corsage bracelet corsage with miniature cymbidium orchids

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image004.11.02.904.67 Prom-Corsage-200x200.jpg (14488 bytes) Prom Wrist Corsage

Proms are no longer small, simple affairs. Today’s proms are elegant events that rank high in importance to young people. As proms have grown more sophisticated so has the demand for more imaginative and exciting body flowers. In this video clip, Leanne shares tricks and tips for creating a dramatic wrist corsage using a jeweled corsage bracelet and miniature cymbidium orchids.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Gerb-Sun-200x200.jpg (10445 bytes) Gerbera Sunshine

Springtime, where are you? Yes, the daffodils are blooming and the trees are beginning to bloom. But, it’s so cold, wet and overcast it just doesn’t seem like spring. What we need is a big dose of floral sunshine and no flower says “sunshine” like the Gerbera. Enjoy this video clip with Leanne and create a bit of sunshine for yourself.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Gerb-Care-200x200.jpg (12325 bytes) Gerbera Care & Handling

Very few flowers are as bright, colorful and festive as are Gerbera Daisies. And they are long lasting, at least they should be. If you have ever been disappointed with short-lived or droopy-neck Gerberas, then this video clip is for you. Leanne shares the techniques for proper Gerbera care including emergency resuscitation.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Spring-Dreams-200x200.jpg (13519 bytes) Spring Dreams

March has arrived, yet it’s still cold and wet. It even snowed this morning. I’m ready for spring, are you? Leanne creates a simple spring design, a bowl of springtime, perfect to set on your desk or an end table where you can touch and enjoy it. If you can’t have spring outside, create your own bowl of springtime.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Flower-Jewelry-200x200.jpg (11564 bytes) Flower Jewelry

In this video clip, Leanne takes a look at increasing “add-on” sales and profitability for the upcoming prom season. She demonstrates easy techniques for creating innovative fresh flower rings; flower jewelry that coordinates perfectly with the prom corsage.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Broken-Roses-200x200.jpg (9066 bytes) Broken Roses

For the florist, broken roses are as a much a part of Valentine’s Day as are long days and pizza dinners on the workbench. But, broken roses don’t have to become expensive garbage. Leanne demonstrates how to create quick and glorious arrangements with broken roses.
image004.11.02.904.67 Rose-Budvases-200x200.jpg (14117 bytes) Rose Budvases

Leanne updates the classic three-rose-budvase (goodbye ribbon & bow) and shares tips for making this Valentine’s Day standard beautiful, fast to create and profitable. Enjoy!
image004.11.02.904.67 Classic-Roses-200x200.jpg (17063 bytes) Classic Roses

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Yes, it’s time to create a plan for your “Classic Dozen Roses”. In this video clip Leanne shares tips for upgrading this classic, adding perceived value and making it more fun. The classics never go away, but change is a good thing…. Enjoy!
Ruffled-Vase-200x200.jpg (12845 bytes) Ruffled Vase

The current designer runway fashion trends include lots of ruffles, lace, pearls and trim. In this DVD Leanne demonstrates how to incorporate this trend into a simple vase of flowers; perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
image004.11.02.904.67 Amaryllis-200x200.jpg (16445 bytes) Hanging Amaryllis

If you are like the many designers who love the dramatic Amaryllis, but hesitate to design with it because of its size, form and weight then you will love this video clip. Leanne demonstrates the technique for hanging the amaryllis up-side-down in an arrangement. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.910.43.htm Cut-Poinsettia-200x200.jpg (17372 bytes) The Poinsettia as a Cut Flower

The beautiful Poinsettia blossom can be used as a cut flower; if you know the proper techniques. Yes, the cut blossoms will last for a week or more in an arrangement and also do well in floral foam. In this video clip Leanne shares her Poinsettia tricks and dispels the myth of the “poisonous poinsettia”. Enjoy!

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Feasting-Table-200x200.jpg (18031 bytes) The Feasting Table

As the days turn cold, snow begins to fly and the shadows grow long, we enter the feasting season. Yes, it’s more than just Thanksgiving. Now is the season for gathering friends and family at the feasting table, celebrating the harvest and the joys of living and being together.  In this video clip, Leanne shares techniques for creating component designs, perfect for you feasting table. Enjoy!

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Harvest-200x200.jpg (12050 bytes) Harvest Mechanics

It’s harvest season, the markets are filled with autumn fruits and vegetables and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In this video clip Leanne shares her favorite techniques for preparing fruits and vegetables for use in floral arrangements. Enjoy.

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Thanksgiving-Pumpkin-200x20.jpg (11742 bytes) Contemporary Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Halloween is over. Are you tired of pumpkins and gourds yet? Then you will love this video clip. Leanne re-purposes miniature pumpkins and demonstrates some clever techniques to create a contemporary centerpiece. Enjoy.
image 004.11.02.904.67 Halloween-Pumpkin-200x200.jpg (15585 bytes) Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are looking for some clever ideas and new design techniques for creating a Halloween themed pumpkin design, you will enjoy this video clip. Happy Halloween!

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image 004.11.02.904.67 Autumn-Basket-200x200.jpg (16689 bytes) Autumn Basket

When we think of an autumn arrangement, we think of vibrant fire colors, bright blazing oranges and reds. However, autumn can also be the softer dusty colors of burgundy and blues. Yes, Mother Nature knows that you might enjoy an autumn basket of cooler colors. Enjoy!
image 004.11.02.904.67 Nested-Flowers-200x200.jpg (12132 bytes) Nested Flowers

Autumn has arrived and the birds have left their nests. We often think of a nest arrangement during the spring season, yet autumn provides another season to design with nests. You will enjoy this creative approach to the classic budvase.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Autumn-Hand-Tie-200x200.jpg (15364 bytes) Autumn Hand-Tie

An autumn hand-tie bouquet doesn’t have to be made up of bright reds and oranges. Nor must it be made of traditional flowers. In this video clip Leanne makes a casual bouquet of muted colors using grasses and weeds found along the roadside.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Artichoke-200x200.jpg (11139 bytes) Artichokes with Style

Artichokes, they’re not just for dinner anymore. New varieties, new colors, the stately artichoke has become trendy and elegant. Leanne shares some simple techniques for creating dramatic designs with artichokes.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Citrus-Hand-Tie-200x200.jpg (45338 bytes) Citrus Hand-Tie

It’s summertime and your garden is filled with colorful flowers. Let’s cut some, bring them into the house and fill a vase. But, the vase design just isn’t working? In this video clip Leanne shares the techniques for making a simple hand-tied bouquet and adding a bit of citrus zest as well. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Lemonade-200x200.jpg (44667 bytes) Lemonade

Summertime is Lemonade time. Give you floral designs a zesty twist with Oasis Rainbow Foam. Lemon is a favorite, but you could do lime, tangerine, or cherry to satiate your floral thirst. Enjoy, you’re sure to be creatively refreshed.

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Dahlia-Care-200x200.jpg (46379 bytes) Dahlia Care

Dahlias are a favorite garden flower; gorgeous colorful blossoms ranging from golf ball size to larger than a basket ball, with shapes from starburst to pom-pom to daisy and a full spectrum of vivid colors. The only reason that we don’t use them more in floral design is their short vase life. In this video clip Leanne shares a grower’s secret for extending the vase life of dahlias for five to seven days. Enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Phael-Corsage-200x200.jpg (34315 bytes) Phalaenopsis Orchid Corsage

The classic phalaenopsis orchid corsage is one of the most elegant of all wedding corsages. When you use the blooms from a living orchid plant you not only have perfect, fresh bloom, you also have a romantic living gift for the bride. You will enjoy Leanne’s detailed, step-by-step demonstration for creating this corsage.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Corsage-Basics-200x200.jpg (34887 bytes) Corsage Basics

One of the key reasons that so many florists complain about making a standard corsage is that they haven’t discovered the wiring, taping and assembly techniques that make the task easier. You will enjoy this review of the basics for making a standard corsage.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Bout-Basics-200x200.jpg (28931 bytes) Boutonniere Basics

A traditional boutonniere is not that difficult to make….. Until you need 50 of them in a hurry. This video clip was designed for the floral designer who needs “just needs a little more help” from friends and family. Many hands make any job easy…..

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image004.11.02.904.67 Tussie-Mussie-200x200.jpg (46869 bytes) Tussie Mussie Romance

Tussie Mussie, Speaking Bouquet or Word Bouquet; whatever you call it, this bouquet of ancient origins is one of my all time favorites. A small, delicate bouquet made up flowers, foliages and herbs; each with its own very special meaning is the perfect romantic gift. Now, who do I make one for? Hmmmm?

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image004.11.02.904.67 Peony-Corsage-200x200.jpg (35317 bytes) Peony Corsage

Yes, the peony is a very large blossom. But they are so strikingly beautiful and with a very simple technique you can quickly make a truly dramatic corsage. Hurry, make one today and wear it everywhere. You will be amazed at the comments you receive, and you might just sell a few peony corsages as well.

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Peony-Care-200x200.jpg (49189 bytes) Peony Care and Handling

I love, love, love peonies. Now is the time for these marvelous blossoms to explode, releasing petals like flirty petticoats of coral, pink and rose. Take a moment to watch this video clip and make sure that your peonies last as long as possible. The season is short. Don’t miss it!

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image004.11.02.904.67 Easy-Corsage-200x200.jpg (34950 bytes) The Easiest Wrist Corsage Ever

Just in time for the prom and wedding season, Leanne shares her tricks for creating the “Easiest Wrist Corsage Ever”. Using only ribbon, Oasis Floral Adhesive, a single blossom and a few filler flowers you too can create beautiful wrist corsages quickly and easily.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Lilac-Care-200x200.jpg (42001 bytes) The Care and Handling of Lilacs

“The Lilacs are blooming!” These words are music to all flower lovers. The fleeting beauty and fragrance of the lilac make them the favorite of many. And while I love walking through lilac gardens, I also love to bring cut lilac into my home. A few simple tips can give you the longest possible vase life for lilacs.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Tulip-Care-200x200.jpg (40625 bytes) The Care and Handling of Tulips

Springtime has arrived and the flower fields are filled with tulips. Now is the time to fill your house with flowers. But first, let’s revisit the basics for the care and handling of tulips. After all, we do want these beauties to last a long as possible.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Color-Study6-200x200.jpg (35061 bytes) Color Study 6
A Study of Polychromatic Color Schemes


The technical definition of a polychromatic color scheme is any five or more colors on the color wheel. I like to think of a polychromatic scheme as Mother Nature’s favorite color harmony and on the surface this harmony sees easy. However, there are a few rules and several cautions in creating a polychromatic color scheme.

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Color-Study5-200x200.jpg (42040 bytes) Color Study 5
A Study of Complementary Color Schemes


A complementary color scheme consists of colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A split-complementary color scheme uses a base color and the two colors adjacent to its complement. Join Leanne as she explains this high contrast and sometimes tricky color harmony.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Color-Study4-200x200.jpg (43927 bytes) Color Study 4
A Study of Triadic Color Schemes


The triadic color harmony is a favorite of artists. This harmony is one of vibrant contrasts allowing the richness of each color to show through. However, the triadic color harmony is a little less forgiving. Join Leanne as she explores this much loved color harmony.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Easter-Fun-200x200.jpg (40949 bytes) Easter Fun

Are you tired of coloring eggs and making Easter Basket arrangements? Is there no time left for you after playing the role of the Easter Bunny and preparing Easter dinner? Leanne shares a simple, festive and fun Easter Centerpiece that is sure to delight.
image004.11.02.904.67 Green-Envy-200-200.jpg (39487 bytes) Green with Envy

There was a time, not too long ago, when green flowers were almost nonexistent.  Today, green flowers are abundant and available in countless varieties of flowers. In this film clip, Leanne explores the wealth of green flowers as she creates a beautiful hand-tied bouquet of green flowers.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Color-Study3-2.jpg (71048 bytes) Color Study 3
A Study of Analogous Color Schemes


Which color harmony is the friendliest? Why analogous, of course! This harmony is made up of neighborly hues from the color wheel. Leanne explores and defines this color scheme as she creates two spring bouquets in analogous color schemes.

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image004.11.02.909.82 Texture-200x200.jpg (42693 bytes) A Touch of Texture

One of the trends for 2010 is an increased usage of texture; big knobby yarns, weathered rough sawn lumber, coarse rocks and tree bark. Join Leanne as she shares some simple techniques for adding texture to everyday floral designs.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Color-Study2-200x200.jpg (44833 bytes) Color Study 2
A Study of Monochromatic Color Schemes


A monochromatic color scheme is composed of the tints, tones and shades of a single color hue. Leanne explores and defines this color scheme as it relates to floral design, adding the elements of texture and flower form as she creates a beautiful monochromatic hand-tied bouquet.

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V-Hand-Care-200x200.jpg (34377 bytes) Valentine's Day Hand Care

For the hands of the professional floral designer, the week prior to Valentine’s Day is the worst week of the year. Yes, the flower-of-love is beautiful. But they are also cold, wet and covered with nasty thorns. Leanne shares her tips for taking care of your hands.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. I wish you a successful, profitable and “happy-hands” holiday.
Valentine-Roses-200x200.jpg (49802 bytes) Valentine's Day Roses... with Panache

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you ready? Leanne shares some ideas and designs for adding panache to the “standard dozen roses”. Not only are the designs beautiful, they are a lot more fun to create. Enjoy.

image 004.11.02.904.67 Color-Study1-200x200.jpg (32435 bytes)' An Introduction to Color Theory

Leanne introduces a new series of video clips, “Floral Design Color Theory”. In this first clip she presents an overview of color theory and invites everyone to join her “Color Theory Study Group”. Enjoy this clip, join the study group, receive a free color wheel and watch for future issues exploring color theory.

image004.11.02.904.67 Turquoise-200x200.jpg (31420 bytes) Turquoise Anthurium

Every since PANTONE announced that Turquoise was the color of the year for 2010, we at Floral Design Institute have been busy developing turquoise accessories to complement floral designs. And then we thought, “Why don’t we develop some turquoise flowers”?  If you like “kicky and hot”, then you will love this video clip.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Gift-Wrapped-200x200.jpg (47138 bytes) Gift Wrapped Christmas Cubes

If you like wrapping packages, you will love this clever idea for a new look in Christmas arrangements. Beautiful and easy to make; you’ll want to fill your house with these designs. And, make a few extra for friends.

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image004.11.02.909.63 Traditions-200x200.jpg (45136 bytes) Christmas Traditions

Around this time of the year, professional florists dread making the same traditional centerpiece, one after another. Leanne updates the traditional Christmas centerpiece, adding non traditional elements. The result is a beautiful centerpiece that is a lot more fun to create.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Dressed-Party-200x200.jpg (32726 bytes) Dressed up for the Party

Blooming plants are an excellent addition for your holiday party décor. They are bright, beautiful and will last throughout the holiday season. You just have to dress them up for the party! Leanne shares tips on dressing up a Phalaenopsis Orchid for holiday entertaining.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Giving-Thanks-200x200.jpg (45223 bytes) Basket of Thanks

I love flowers and for me a gift of flowers is the finest gift that anyone can give. This Thanksgiving I’ll be joining friends, but I won’t be cooking. (Everyone knows better than to let me in the kitchen). However, I will be bringing my “Giving Thanks Basket”. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving”.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Thanksgiving-Centerpiece-200x200.jpg (36594 bytes) Mocha Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Let’s create something different. Yes, the fire colors make up the standard color palette for Thanksgiving arrangements. But, I want something a bit more contemporary and sophisticated. I think you will enjoy this video clip, Mocha Thanksgiving Centerpiece.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Winter-Formal-200x200.jpg (31814 bytes) Winter Formal

Flowers for winter proms and dances are increasing in popularity. However, today’s customer isn’t interested in the body flowers of yesteryear. They want something new, novel and avant-garde. In this video clip Leanne shares a fresh and innovative look for the winter formal.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Bronzed-Autumn-200x200.jpg (38541 bytes) Bronzed Autumn

The combination bronze colored cymbidium orchids and chocolate Ti leaves creates a richly hued autumn arrangement.  Leanne demonstrates several valuable design techniques in this video clip and you will love the accent of orange feathers.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Creepy-Fun-200x200.jpg (37763 bytes) Creepy Crawly Fun

Leanne demonstrates how to create a haunting Halloween design using white ghost pumpkins and Vandella roses set in black rainbow foam and accented with big creepy spiders. You will love her technique for creating spider webs.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Autumn-Triad-200x200.jpg (51020 bytes) Halloween Party Arrangement

Creating an arrangement for a Halloween party doesn’t allow you to forget the elements and principles of design. And yes, properly designed novelty arrangements can still be fun. You will enjoy Leanne’s demonstration of a Halloween Party Arrangement designed in a triadic color scheme. Trick or Treat…

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image004.11.02.904.67 Autumn-Candle-200x200.jpg (41128 bytes) Autumn Candlestick Centerpiece

Now is the time to celebrate this very brief and wonderfully glorious season before we move into the Christmas and winter holidays. As the days become shorter candles brighten our fall evenings. Leanne demonstrates a simple candlestick centerpiece arrangement, perfect for a cool autumn evening supper. Vegetable soup anyone?

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Harvest-Vase-200x200.jpg (47684 bytes) Harvest Vase

Labor Day is over and the autumn season has begun.  This is such a wonderful time of the year.  The leaves are beginning to turn and the garden is overflowing with glorious end-of-season blossoms.   Leanne demonstrates a simple harvest vase designed as the perfect gift for friends and neighbors.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Galax-Rosette-200x200.jpg (33771 bytes) Galax Rosette

Leanne demonstrates the technique for creating a beautiful composite flower out of Galax leaves.  The Galax rosette can be used as a focal area for a floral arrangement or a long lasting design element for garlands, gift packages and even Christmas tree decorations.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Squared-Orchids-200x200-2.jpg (42391 bytes) Squared Orchids

Leanne creates a decorative square made of Galax leaves accented with copper bullion wire and red dogwood twigs to highlight a beautiful stem of James Story orchids

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image004.11.02.904.67 Hydrangea-Brooch.200x200.jpg (33797 bytes) Hydrangea Brooch

So very simple and so very elegant; a new approach to body flowers.  You are going to love this innovative design technique.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Hydrangea-Bridal-200x200.jpg (37918 bytes) Hydrangea Bridal Bouquet

Blue hydrangea, lavender Cool Water Roses and Dusty Miller foliage combine to make an elegant, yet simple summer bridal bouquet.

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image004.11.02.904.67 City-Fields-200-x-200.jpg (41909 bytes) City Fields

We often forget that floral design does not have to be difficult to be beautiful. Leanne demonstrates a very simple vase arrangement using a cluster of ornamental grass and a few stems of Love-in-the-Mist.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Day-Brighteners-200x200.jpg (47378 bytes) Day Brighteners

As professional Florists we sometimes forget that bright, vivid flowers are the perfect way to lift anyone’s spirits. Leanne demonstrates an easy and colorful design perfect to brighten your day.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Mini-Gardens-200x200.jpg (43692 bytes) Mini-Gardens

For many years I owned an office building flower shop and made a very good living selling “cute little arrangements that fit on a small desk”. My philosophy was “if Starbucks can be successful with two to five dollar sales, then I can too.”  I think you will enjoy this video clip

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image004.11.02.904.67 Cubes-200x200.jpg (36139 bytes) Containerless Cubes

You need to create sensational, innovative table top décor for 25 tables.  It’s a charity function for the Portland Rose Parade and the guests know their flowers.  Oh yes, your students are going to do the work.  And, they only have five days of design training.  You will love to see what Leanne created in this video clip.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Barbecue-200x200.jpg (49427 bytes) Summer Barbecue

What a beautiful morning; the sun is shining brightly and the sky is blue without a cloud in sight. Summer is here! It’s time for a barbecue! In this video clip Leanne creates a fun and festive arrangement in a Weber kettle barbecue.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Hydrangea-200x200.jpg (36143 bytes) Hydrangea Care & Handling

Hydrangea: bold, beautiful, popular with brides and very susceptible to water deprivation damage.  In this video clip, Leanne shares the techniques for care and handling of hydrangeas, emergency blossom revival and a few design tricks that you will love.

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004.11.02.904.67 Memorial-Day-200x200.jpg (52626 bytes) Memorial Day Picnic Basket

While Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for all who have died in our nation’s service, it is also evolved into a day for families to get together, visit the cemetery, decorate family gravesites and celebrate the beginning of summer. Leanne creates a “picnic basket” of flowers, perfect for a Memorial Day family get-together.

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image004.11.02.908.74 Bird-Design-200x200.jpg (34641 bytes) Take Flight with Birds of Paradise

The dramatic Strelitzia is the perfect flower for demonstrating the principles of line design.  In this demonstration Leanne demonstrates both inward and outward line floral design. 

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image004.11.02.908.74 Bird-Care-200x200.jpg (34438 bytes) Bird of Paradise, care and handling

Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia is a beautiful dramatic flower, perfect for contemporary floral design. However, the care and handling of these cut flowers is a bit more complicated than most.  In this video clip, Leanne shows you how to “give flight” to the bird of paradise.

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image004.11.02.908.56 Sweet-Peas-200x200.jpg (40658 bytes) Sweet Peas from the Garden

Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. Leanne gets a jump on the season with a simple, fun and festive arrangement of beautiful and fragrant sweet peas.

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image004.11.02.904.67 The-Bunny-Hop-200x200.jpg (37072 bytes) The Bunny Hop

Leanne shares a creative Easter design and an interesting perspective on why it is such a joy to be a florist.  “You never really have to grow up”.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Calla-Crescent-200x200.jpg (36804 bytes) Calla Crescent Bridal Bouquet

The Calla is currently the third most popular flower among brides. Especially popular are bridal bouquet styles featuring expensive long stemmed Callas. In this film clip Leanne demonstrates an easy and inexpensive technique for creating a bouquet that only appears to use long stemmed Callas.

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image004.11.02.908.56 Wings200x200.jpg (36980 bytes) Wings of Love

Leanne creates a distinctive cube vase design using Angel Wing begonia leaves to line the vase and a hand-tied nosegay technique for the arrangement of Lavonde roses, callas and leucodendron.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Valentine101.gif (24952 bytes) Valentine's Day 101

The busiest holiday of the year is upon us. Leanne shares design tips for the holiday as well as some very important advice on taking care of your hands, body and soul.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Blooming-in-Style-200x200.gif (32225 bytes) Blooming in Style

Blooming plants are a popular and beautiful alternative to arranged flowers. They can also be boring and unremarkable. As a professional florist you must learn to creatively dress your plants, make them fantastic and create a distinctive style for your business.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Blub-Flower-Primer-200x200.gif (21562 bytes) Bulb Flower Primer

It’s January, spring is just around the corner. Tulips, daffodils and iris abound in the markets. In this video clip Leanne shares the basics of purchasing, care and handling of bulb flowers.

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image004.11.02.907.50 Winter-Rain-200x200.gif (27797 bytes) Winter Rain Chaser

Leanne combines a pair of child’s rubber boots and a few bright spring blossoms to create and arrangement guaranteed to brighten a rainy day and chase away the winter blues.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Twisted-Tulips-200x200.gif (23553 bytes) Twisted Tulips

This unique technique for creating a triple tulip blossom is not only clever, but so beautiful that you will just have to try it for yourself. Buy some tulips today and celebrate springtime, even if it is snowing outside.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Wreath-Magic-200x200.gif (36858 bytes) Christmas Wreath Magic

Turn a standard wreath into a centerpiece.  With a few design tips from Leanne, a Christmas wreath becomes truly magical.

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image004.11.02.906.82 Cornucopia-200x200.gif (30985 bytes) Autumn Harvest Cornucopia

The Cornucopia or Horn-of-Plenty is one of civilizations oldest symbols of an abundant harvest. While beautiful, the mechanics of the cornucopia can be tricky. Leanne shares her favorite design mechanics for creating a dramatic autumn harvest cornucopia.

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image 004.11.02.906.60 The-Collection-Bouquet 200x200.gif (35056 bytes) The Collection Bouquet

The cold crisp days of autumn are perfect for wandering and collecting. In the Collection Bouquet, you will learn a fun new way to display your gathered treasures. Leanne starts with the Oasis wired collar and ends up with a casual autumn design filled with gatherings from a walk through the neighborhood.

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image004.11.02.906.57 Festive-Halloween-Pumpkins-200x200.gif (30937 bytes) Fun and Festive Halloween Pumpkins

Time for Halloween fun! Yes, the little goblins (and some big goblins) are already running around in their costumes. As you prepare for the holiday, don’t forget flowers. A fun and festive pumpkin arrangement is the perfect addition to your Halloween decorating.

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004.11.02.904.67 Secre-Water-Source-200x200.gif (32364 bytes) Hand-Tied Bridal Bouquet, with a secret water source

The ribbon wrapped hand-tied bridal bouquet is a favorite for outdoor summer weddings.  However, not all flowers will last well without a water source on a hot day.  Leanne will demonstrate a simple technique for adding a secret water source to a hand-tied bouquet.

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image004.11.02.906.23 Sunflower-Column-200x200.gif (29155 bytes) Dramatic Sunflower Column

At first glance, sunflowers shout out casual and country.  For an updated contemporary look, add in a bunch of red dogwood branches. Yes, sunflowers and red dogwood combine for a magnificent contemporary design in an architectural style.

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image004.11.02.905.68 Calla-Hand-Tie-200x200.gif (26045 bytes) Calla Hand-Tied Bridal Bouquet

Not only is the calla a very popular flower among brides, the calla may be the perfect flower for bridal bouquets. Callas are elegant, available in a wide range of colors, very long lasting and easy to work with once you master a few techniques.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Calla-Bout.gif (25388 bytes) Calla Boutonniere, without wire tape or pin

No wire, no tape no pin, how is this possible? Elegant callas are the perfect blossom for artistic and delightfully unique boutonnieres. Callas are also an astonishingly hardy blossom giving the creative floral designer freedom to explore new styles. Enjoy…

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image004.11.02.905.68 Ring-Pillow 200x200.gif (32927 bytes) Ring Bearer's Pillow, a simple new technique

There are many ways to attach flowers to a ring bearer’s pillow. But, few are as quick and easy as this. The floral design is built upon decorative aluminum wire and the flowers are attached using floral adhesive. This is a design technique that you will love and use often.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Flower-Girl-Halo-200x200.gif (27063 bytes) Creating a Flower Girl Halo

While there are numerous techniques for making a floral halo, this is a preferred technique because it is easy, elegant and fast to create. As you know, when it comes to creating profitable wedding work, speed is of the essence.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Production-Bows-200x200.gif (24211 bytes) Holiday Production Bows

Mastering bow making speed techniques.  Can you create 60 bows an hour? Can you have fun while doing it?  Leanne shares methods and demonstrates techniques for increasing you bow making speed, an essential holiday preparation skill for every florist.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Wiring-and-Tape-200x200.gif (22759 bytes) Basic Wiring and Taping Techniques

The wiring and taping of a fresh flower blossom onto an artificial stem is an essential skill for all florists. Wiring and taping techniques are used in making corsages, boutonnieres, tussie mussies and bridal bouquets. Leanne reviews three basic wiring techniques; the pierce, the hairpin and the clutch with easy step by step demonstrations and lots of close-ups.

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image004.11.02.904.67 Flower-Jewelry-200x200.gif (18609 bytes) Clip-On Flower Jewelry

Every once in a while you stumble upon a floral design technique that is so beautiful, versatile and easy, you just want to jump up and down. Well, this is one of those techniques. Leanne demonstrates how to create clip-on flower jewelry using floral glue, simple spring loaded hair clips and Gerbera daisies. You are going to love this clip, enjoy!

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image004.11.02.904.67 pleated-bow-200x200.gif (25035 bytes) Creating a Pleated Bow

The Pleated Bow is an excellent bow technique for working with larger, stiffer ribbons. Pleated bows are perfect for creating spectacular holiday bows while saving on the amount of ribbon used. With easy step-by-step instructions with lots of detailed close-ups, Leanne will show you how to create this lovely and versatile bow.

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image004.11.02.904.67  Flower-Girl-Basket.gif (24855 bytes) A Lightweight Flower Girl Basket

While the Flower Girl Basket can be created using a number of different techniques, this unique and lightweight design is easy to make, very resilient and perfect for the smallest flower girl.

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image004.11.02.904.67 A-Toast-to-Weddings.gif (22768 bytes) A Toast to Weddings, Flowers for Champagne Glasses

Successful wedding designers know that the secret to happy clients lies in providing the small extra special touches that personalize and make a wedding extraordinary. With easy step-by-step instructions with lots of detailed close-ups, Leanne will show you how to create dazzling floral designs for toasting glasses.

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image004.11.02.905.05 Cascade-Bridal-200x200.gif (34017 bytes) Cascade Bridal Bouquets, the Basic Mechanics & Techniques

Leanne reviews three basic techniques; the traditional wire and tape method, the natural stem technique and the glued cascade technique. Understanding and mastery of each technique will allow you to create any cascade style bridal bouquet that you desire.

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image004.11.02.905.05 Tailored-Tie-Bow-200x200.gif (24124 bytes) Creating a Tailored Tie Bow

The Tailored Tie Bow is a casual soft bow, perfect for tying onto the neck of a vase, a hand-tied bouquet or even a teddy bear. With easy step-by-step instructions with lots of detailed close-ups, Leanne will show you how to create this lovely and versatile bow.

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image004.11.02.904.80 Bow-Tying.gif (24591 bytes) Basics of Bow Tying

Step-by-step instructions with lots of detailed close-ups will show you how to create a standard florist bow, also known as a 1-2-3 bow. If you don’t know how to tie bows or if you find bow tying difficult, or if you have a new employee in your shop that needs a bow tying lesson, you will love this video library clip.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Gardenia-Corsage-200x200.gif (24927 bytes) A Simple Gardenia Corsage

Easy step-by-step instructions will show you how to create a perfect, simple gardenia corsage. The mother of the bride will love it! And, it is so quick and easy, you will love it, too.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Gardenia-C&H--200x200.gif (27078 bytes) Gardenia Care and Handling

Real advice – real fast! Everything you need to know to keep your gardenias lovely for the wedding. Watch this first and be ready to design anything with the fragrant gardenia.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Steph-C&H--200x200.gif (23688 bytes) Stephanotis Care and Handling

Everything you need to know when working with this favorite wedding flower. Quick tips, easy tricks, fun techniques – For longer lasting blooms watch this before you start your designing.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Garden-Bridal-200x200.gif (25234 bytes) A Garden Inspired Bridal Bouquet

Fresh summer flowers in vivid sunshine colors create a lovely bouquet for a garden wedding. Gather all your favorite flowers, watch this step-by-step video and create a fabulous bridal bouquet.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Rose-bouquet-200x200.gif (27992 bytes) Rose Bridal Bouquet

Easy to follow how-to instructions for creating a romantic rose bridal bouquet. This video includes everything you need from choosing the roses to finishing the bouquet back and all your design mechanics. This is a fast review for the professional and the perfect introduction to the bridal bouquet for the flower lover.

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image004.11.02.904.66 Bouquet-Backings-200x200.gif (28742 bytes) Innovative Backings for a Bridal Bouquet

Good-to-know creative inspiration. Yes, the bouquet is beautiful but, how to finish the back? With just a few supplies you probably have on hand, you can add instant style to your bouquet. These innovative backings can be used on garden bouquets, romantic bouquets, or contemporary bouquets.

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