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A close up image of garden flowers such as dahlia's, yarrow, monarda, russian sage, and flox, all in shades of magenta.

Design and Care for Homegrown Flowers

Growing your own flowers is so satisfying...and can be such hard work! So much effort goes into selecting the varieties, nurturing their growth, and harvesting them at the right time -- you have a big investment of your time, energy, and money. In this video Leanne Kesler AIFD shares some simple steps to take to ensure you get the longest vase life possible from your beautiful crops, and the most enjoyment.

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A gorgeous Bespoke Garden Style wedding bouquet mixes hydrangeas, garden roses, cosmos, rice flowers, spray roses, astilbe, grasses, Israeli ruscus, camellia, plumosa, and pepperberry for a lovely effect.

Chickenwire Armature Bridal Bouquet

One of the hottest trends in floral design is the Bespoke Garden Style. While new to many, this style was very popular from the mid-nineteenth century and into the twentieth century. Before the advent of floral foam, chickenwire or floral netting was used as an armature in creating these designs. In this video Leanne demonstrates the techniques for creating a bespoke styled bridal bouquet with a chickenwire armature. Enjoy!

A gorgeous Bespoke garden style hand-tied bouquet mixes hydrangea, peonies, roses, phalaenopsis orchids, allium, yarrow, echinops, Israeli and Italian ruscus, aspidistra, palm, and fatsia.

Bespoke Garden Style, Hand-Tied Technique

The Bespoke Garden Style is trending strong and the Hand-Tied Bouquet is one of the most popular designs in this style. In this video clip Leanne explains the different styles of flowers and foliages that make up a successful hand-tied bouquet as she creates a dramatic bouquet with a couple of surprising techniques. Enjoy!

A gorgeous Bespoke garden style design in a compote mixes yarrow, tansy, craspedia, tulips, Phalaenopsis orchids, thornless blackberry, fatsia, aspidistra, Israeli and Italian ruscus, hypericum, and lily grass for a lovely effect.

Bespoke Garden Style, Compote Design

The classic compote design is perfectly suited for the bespoke garden design style. In this video clip Leanne creates a beautiful arrangement of late summer flowers using a base of floral foam in a copper compote. You will enjoy her masterful instruction on product placement, balance and color harmony. Enjoy!

A beautiful Bespoke garden style design mixes phlox, delphinium, garden roses, bachelor buttons, veronica, and dusty miller for a lovely effect.

Bespoke Garden Style, Armature Technique

Creating an arrangement with fragile garden blossoms requires special mechanics. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates the the Bespoke Garden Stye of design using the armature technique. You will love this beautiful “return to the past” style of design. Enjoy!

The botanical style features at least three parts of the plant material, and this design includes spring bulbs, galax leaves, hypericum, mini daffodils, succulents, moss, branches, and goose eggs.

Botanical Style Design

The Botanical Style of floral design is a late 20th century American design concept. The style must feature at least three parts of the plant material. This could be stems, leaves, buds, blossoms, roots, seeds, and bulbs. The style was originally introduced as an exhibition category by the National Garden Clubs Inc.

This classic crescent corsage, also known as a line corsage, mixes pink spray roses, Italian ruscus, and white baby’s breath.

Crescent Corsage

The Crescent Style Corsage is also known as a Line Corsage. This classic style involves the hand-wiring and taping of flowers, foliages and materials into a lightweight corsage that can be manipulated into a line or a crescent shape. Although this style is labor intensive and requires good technical skills, the corsage is very elegant.

A nosegay is a small cluster of flowers, designed as a tiny bouquet and this lovely corsage mixes miniature callas, small roses, alstroemeria florets, hypericum, seeded eucalyptus, and a galax leaf.

Nosegay Corsage

A small cluster of flowers, designed as a tiny bouquet. The Nosegay dates from the 14th century. The original Nosegays were carried by women of wealth and were used to ward off the foul odors of the street, hence the name. The Nosegay is similar to the Tussie Mussie.

Several growing plants in one container are combined with cut flowers, like this design which mixes an African violet, a kalanchoe, and a variegated leaf Chinese evergreen with craspedia, leucospermum, solidaster, statice, and curly willow.

Pot et Fleur Design Style

Pot et Fleur is an assemblage of two or more growing plants in one container in combination with an arrangement of cut flowers

The inverted-T is a geometric design style in the form of an upside-down “T”, and this arrangement mixes Belles of Ireland, freesia,  carnations, dendrobium orchids, mini hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, galax leaves, myrtle, and aspidistra leaves.

Inverted "T"

The inverted-T is a geometric design style. The design is a symmetrically balanced three sided composition having the form of an upside-down “T”, with a dominant vertical line of materials intersecting the horizontal plane at the focal area.

The parallel systems style places groupings of stems in the same direction like this floral design which mixes snapdragons, Gerbera daisies, alstroemeria, carnations, galax leaves, Israeli ruscus, and bear grass.

Parallel Systems

A composition utilizing parallel stem placement in which groupings of stems are placed in the same direction as each other. Negative space exists between the groups. There are no components having a radial placement although there may be some basing involved with slight radial placement.

The classic Della Robbia style combines fruit with flowers and foliage in wreath, swag and garland designs, and this arrangement mixes grapes, pears, apples, montbretia pods, magnolia leaves, Israeli ruscus, scabiosa pods, and leucadendron.

Della Robbia Style

The classic Della Robbia Style is a composition characterized by the dominate use of fruit in wreath, swag and garland designs. Materials include foliage, flowers and fruit with or without ribbon lacing which all appear to be bound to the center of the design. The style is named for Luco della Robbia, 1399-1482 who created glazed terra-cotta reliefs of garlands of fruits and flowers.

This Western Line style of design in a pink color palette mixes Quicksand roses, carnations, larkspur, mini-carnations, Israeli ruscus, and seeded eucalyptus for a beautiful effect.

Western Line

Western Line style blends classic mass and the linearity of Asian design; triangular in form with symmetry or asymmetry determined by three point placement. The style is characterized by a well established focal area near the lip of the container and all stems appear to radiate from this base.

The hedgerow style is an abstractionist interpretation of a herbaceous garden border or hedge, and this design mixes rosemary with blush dahlias and hot pink Gerbera daisies for that effect.

Hedgerow Design Style

The Hedgerow style is an abstractionist interpretation of a herbaceous garden border or hedge. The design is a closed form utilizing parallel insertions to create uniform rows of materials. Dried materials are often used and decorative banding around the entire form is often used to control the form.

A Mille de Fleur or “One Thousand Flowers” design combines many multi-colored blossoms like peonies, roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, Gerbera daisies, callas, clematis, astrantia, hypericum, cymbidium orchids, and more.

Mille de Fleur

Mille de Fleur, “One Thousand Flowers” has its inspiration in the decorative arts of the 15th and 16th centuries. The form is round and symmetrical with radial insertions. It is a closed form although not as dense as the Biedermeier style. The design features many multi-colored blossoms without a single variety or hue dominance. The design may be all-around or three sided.

A beautiful Biedermeier styled floral design combines garden roses, yarrow, scabiosa, Gerbera daisies, and craspedia in a classic compact rounded form.

Biedermeier Styled Floral Design

The Biedermeier style was created in Germany during the first half of the 1800’s during a period of relative prosperity and the rise of the middle class. A Biedermeier styled floral design is generally round or conical in form with concentric pattering using circles or spirals. Radial insertions are used. The design is without negative space with the face of the flowers emphasized. Colors typically range from bright hues to wood tones.

A formal linear design in crisp green and white colors mixes callas, Gerbera daisies, amaranthus, one anthurium, equisetum, flax, monstera leaf, artichokes, and galax leaves.

Formal Linear Floral Design

Also referred to as “high style” the Formal Linear design style is a composition of a relatively few, well organized materials, usually placed in groups with emphasis on bold forms and clean lines. Negative space accentuates the individual flowers and leaves. Line is the primary element in this design. Radial stem placement and asymmetrical balance is typical.