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If every week, a bouquet or two of blooms finds its way into your grocery cart...then our intro to floral design class is for you! At our Intro to Floral Design Class we share tips to craft a gorgeous floral arrangements, show you how to buy, and how to preserve your investments! Floral design isn't as intimidating as you’d think! We wanted to show you a little behind the scenes action. Let’s get started…
1. Snip off the stems of 2 aspidistra leaves (or any wide leaf palm), wrap them around the inside of the container and place the oasis stick (a green sponge, you can see it peeking out above) in the middle. Fill with water to the top. We’ll stick the flowers into the oasis stick in a second.
2. Next comes the foliage! We used lemon leaves to line the outer rim of the vase, make sure you place the leaves into the oasis brick at an angle and until you hit the bottom of the container. We used pittosporum, which you can always find laying around our shop. It is the go to green for arrangements and bouquets!
3. For the blooms, start with a “line” flower like snap dragons, liatris (above), iris, and bells of Ireland. Place the line flowers into the center of the oasis brick, we’ll be building the floral design around these line flowers. The tallest they should be is no more than 3xs the height of the vase.
4.Pierce the middle of the leaf using its own stem and then drag the stem upwards to split the leaf in two. Criss cross the split leaves and again, pierce with the stem. Then, place the stem into the oasis brick and voila!
4. Now here’s the blooming beauty!! We added lillies, tulips and roses as our focal flowers, placing the stems again at an angle into the oasis brick. Our design tip is to “work in a triangle,” which meant placing the lillies (the flowers with the biggest blooms) in a triangle shape and then adding the tulips and roses into the mix around the lillies. Finally, fill up any negative space in the arrangement with filler flowers like wax flower, Queen Anne’s lace, golden rods, etc.
5. Always have fun! Each arrangement has a similar recipe, but each project turns out slightly different. Always, bring your flower dilemmas as there is a q&a session after each class.
Some general tips to keeping your blooms fabulous:
Do you have any floral design questions or advise? Feel free to share your thoughts with us below! We hope to see you in class this summer!