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Bird of Paradise Preparation


The Bird of Paradise is a large, dramatic and gorgeous blossom. It is also a flower that requires assistance to bloom fully. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates the technique for successfully opening this blossom to its greatest beauty.

April 7, 2013

Forcing Spring Branches


One of the great joys of springtime is designing with blooming branches. Even though it may be cold outside and the tree branches are only tight little buds, you can force them to bloom early. So, go gather some branches and start designing.

March 22, 2013

Faux Hand-Tie Bridal Bouquet


The Hand-Tied Bridal bouquet is very popular for a casual summer outdoor wedding, which presents a real challenge for the floral designer. How do you keep the flower fresh and alive for a three hour or more period of time in hot sunshine? This Faux Hand-Tie Technique offers a genuine Hand-Tie appearance, and a water source for the blossoms.

February 27, 2013

Spiral-Hand-Tie


Often referred to as a “Dutch Spiral” Bouquet, this hand-tie technique is created by aligning all of the flower stems in the same direction angled against the center line of the bouquet. The result is a very elegant design that can stand alone in a shallow dish of water.

January 15, 2013

Garlanding


Garlanding is the process of creating a garland, a linear rope-like chain of interwoven foliages and / or flowers. Garlands made of evergreen foliages are traditional during the Christmas holiday season. Garland made of foliages and flowers are often used as reception décor for weddings.

December 13, 2012

Terracing


Terracing is the process of placing like materials in a stair step fashion, creating spaced horizontal levels. Terracing is used to achieve depth within a floral design and is frequently used as a basing technique.

December 6, 2012

Creating a Ballerina Wrap


The Ballerina Wrap is a decorative ribbon technique used to tie up the stems of a bridal bouquet. The technique can also be used on floral vases. This technique gets its name from the resemblance to the wrap used on dancer’s ankles in ballet pointe.

November 25, 2012

Feathering - Frenching


Feathering, also known as Frenching is the process of creating smaller florets from a single blossom. The large flower is divided into smaller sections keeping a portion of the Calyx attached. Each section is individually wired and taped. The Feathered florets are commonly used in corsages, boutonnieres, and bridal bouquets.

November 9, 2012

Designing with an Armature 2


An armature is a decorative and / or a supportive framework for a floral design. In this video clip Leanne demonstrates the use of fresh curly willow tips which are molded into a frame designed to fit inside a cone shaped clear glass vase. Yellow callas, aspidistra, ruscus and lily grass complete the design.

October 25, 2012

Designing with Fruit


The addition of fruit to a floral arrangement can be a beautiful enhancement adding interest, color and texture. It is important to use proven techniques to assure that the fruit will stay in position, not fall out of the arrangement or fade prematurely.

October 6, 2012