Living in Marceline, Missouri, a rural town with just 2,500 residents, didn’t diminish Walt Disney’s creativity and it hasn’t held back Julia Schmitt from launching a new line of couture floral fashions for her customers. In fact, she overcame a fear of working with decorative wire and has mastered high-style floral jewelry designs that are putting her on the map.
At the beginning of her floral career nearly a decade ago, Julia watched a YouTube video with her sister the night before prom to learn how to make a corsage. They had orders to fill the next day.
She and her husband Dennis bought a traditional floral business 16 years ago and focused on servicing events, weddings and corporate accounts. She added a floral school to the mix in 2010. “Our business is now 10 times bigger!” says Jeanne.
She is currently partnering with another florist to grow local seasonal flowers, offer hands-on classes and host events in the natural setting of Rolling Ridge, a horse farm.
Like many flower shop owners, this florist-turned-farmer recognized the need for a fresh business strategy to stay relevant in today’s ever-changing retail marketplace. Social media has[read more]
When he signed up for a basic floral design class, Leopoldo Gomez unknowingly launched a career in international design. Until fate intervened, flowers never held much interest for this professional caterer from Mexico City.
His catering business needed to create fresh flower centerpieces for their events. Someone had to take professional floral design classes. “I was the only one with the time to take the classes,” he says. “In the beginning, I really didn’t like working with the flowers, but I fell in love with them little by little.”
Earlier this year Leopoldo presented a floral design program for the Southwest AIFD Chapter. He shared the story of how he fell in love with flowers—and also found[read more]
Debbie Strand was just playing around when she created an inspirational wedding bouquet that turned out to be a real showstopper.
“I’ve always loved to create things,” says Debbie AIFD, ICPF. “This bouquet was designed for a bridal show. I finished most of the pieces for the event and was just “playing” when it came together. Sometimes, the best designs happen that way!”
The owner of Deborah Strand Designs in Cary, Illinois, Debbie belongs to two floral wedding groups that hold bridal events twice a year. Participating in these events offers her the opportunity to try different styles before a larger audience and experience how potential customers react to new designs.
She submitted a photo of the design[read more]
That’s where a team of southern floral fashionistas found design inspiration for “Horti-Couture: Floral Fashions by Tahiti” at the Third Annual Art in Bloom March 30-April 2 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. These innovative designers presented avant-garde clothing made from natural materials in a runway show before a packed audience.
As the commentator for the runway show, I had the pleasure of spending prep time in the workroom with
designers, discussing the design techniques and products they were using. I then shared these tips from stage as models presented the collection. You’ll find these same[read more]
People can also blossom like a rose, opening up when we take the time to get to know or serve them. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to help our customers express their love with flowers.
A beauty from within
Speaking of expressive flowers, watch this inspiring ‘Beauty and the Beast’ video to see how perfectly choreographed[read more]
“I want my customers to need flowers,” confides the owner of The Picket Fence in Chamberlain, South Dakota, “to enjoy them so much that when they don’t have a bouquet on their table, they feel something is missing!”
Patience’s ‘Garden Gate’ design was chosen as the Most Inspirational Mother’s Day Design OASIS Floral Products Inspire Floral Design Showcase 2017. Patience shares with us her holiday hints for creating arrangements for Mother’s Day and other floral events that bring both profits and pleasure.
Smithers-Oasis Floral Design Director Kevin Ylvisaker recreated Patience’s design and variations for 2017 print advertising in North America featuring new [read more]
Horses, parties, trucks and hats have one thing in common during Derby week—they’re all decorated with flowers. These four fresh flower traditions help race fans celebrate the Run for the Roses in winning ways.[read more]
The Valley Forge Flowers team was stunned by the new ‘up in the air’ concept, but they were ready for the challenge. This year was going to be a real show-stopper!
Execution of the soaring Dutch garden would involve five weeks of cutting string, eight colors of materials, 16 miles of cord, 40 metal grids, 85 volunteers, 4,000 OASIS® Netted Spheres and more than 15,000 stems of preserved flowers. By comparison, the staff arranged 6,500 fresh flowers stems for the[read more]
The Easter Lily is a trumpet-shaped white bloom used more often used in plant form than as a cut flower stem during this short season. Oriental and Asiatic Lilies can be used in similar designs throughout the year.
How can we dress these traditional plants fashionably for Easter?
Give Lilies a rustic-modern look
Easter is the perfect time to dress your Lily plants in a rustic-modern style. For this design, two rows of UGLU™ Adhesive encircle an ECOssentials Cylinder. OASIS™ Raw Jute is pressed onto the UGLU and secured into place by layers of OASIS™ Bind Wire[read more]