White Sympathy Arrangement

Classic and elegant, a white sympathy design is always appropriate, but that doesn't need to mean boring or basic. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne updates a classic design of roses, spider mums, snapdragons and hydrangea with a contemporary container and vertical placements. This design is sure to be well received with your customers. Enjoy!

Video Transcription

Classic white, perfect for a sympathy arrangement. Updated with vertical placement and emphasis on the base. Let me show you how it's done.

The mechanics, floral foam, presoaked with flower food. The flowers, sticking with the classics. Snapdragons for line, hydrangea for mass, then for interest, chrysanthemums, roses, all the favorites.

First is establishing the height and placing the lines, giving them a cut, and then placing it up quite tall so it creates a dramatic statement. Then rather than fanning out, go ahead in keeping them all upright, more parallel. Although I am using a central binding point, just that I'm not moving them very far, bringing them in, pulling them back, I'm getting a dramatic vertical begun to draw your eye up in the arrangement.

For maximum impact taking the hydrangea and placing them low. Two things, put's them closer to the water source and also gives you a strong emphasis. Give it a cut, dip it in alum. Alum, the pickling spice, will actually make them drink better, live longer. Then placing it where it breaks the line of the container. Adding them in, bringing it around, expanding that placement and enhancing using aspidistra leaves, giving it a cut, and then folding it around back on itself, feeding it through, doing a little bit of foliage manipulation, and then placing that right down in the foam to help to break the line of the container.

To finish, adding in the spotlight flowers, the ones that make it super special. Some roses drawing the eye up. Chrysanthemums, adding interest with that spider shape. And to add a little bit of texture, just a small amount of baby's breath, tucking it in low with the hydrangea to give a little bit of soft frothiness and add interest.

The recipe: Nine snapdragons, nine Eskimo roses, five of the spider chrysanthemums, five hydrangea, two stems of baby's breath, five of the aspidistra leaves, and it's ready to go.

Classic white is always appropriate for sympathy work. You'll find more creative inspiration on the website, Flower School .com. If you have questions, you can reach us through there. Now it's your turn. Find your favorite white blooms, create a lovely design, take a picture, post it on social media, and hashtag Floral Design Institute. That way I can see, and we all can see what you do as you do something you love.

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    Crowning Glory Individual Pack 32 ounce spray bottle
  • Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
    Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
  • Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
    Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
  • Alum for Hydrangeas Individual Pack 3 ounce bottle
    Alum for Hydrangeas Individual Pack 3 ounce bottle