The Parisian Florist  – Day 2

Our second day with Catherine Muller in Paris started with what appeared to be a traditional candelabra that turned out to be much more. Design #1 Traditional candelabra stands lined the counter of our low workspace. The list of flowers was another extravagant array...
The Parisian Florist—Learning Floristry in Paris

The Parisian Florist—Learning Floristry in Paris

Yesterday I arrived home from a week in Paris and four exciting, challenging days at the Catherine Muller Flower School. Located on Rue des Pyramids, a block from the Tulleries Garden, Catherine hosts floral designers from around the world for classes with absolutely...

Spring is Here—with Daffodils!

April in Pennsylvania is filled with blooming branches and daffodils. The daffodil harvest gives us a few challenges for getting them into arrangements, so here are a few tips. A big bowl of sand is an excellent medium for spring flowers.  They last and last but it’s...
Anatomy of a Flower Show

Anatomy of a Flower Show

This week I had the privilege of visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to judge the magnificent flower show “Primivera.” Spring was in the air as I entered the gardens with blooming daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths and were a welcome relief from the fading snow piles...
Tools for Floral Design

Tools for Floral Design

January is a good time to take a break from fresh flowers and focus a bit on getting workshop and tools organized for the spring. When I started working with flowers in my home, I needed only the basic tools but kept adding to the collection. A streamlined group of...
Amaryllis—A Winter Delight

Amaryllis—A Winter Delight

In November we had a garden club program given by a club member that inspired me to look deeper into the beautiful flower, amaryllis. The official name for an amaryllis is Hippeastrum and the names are most often used interchangeably. At our meeting, we saw a You Tube...