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How To- Arrange Fresh Flowers

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Explore how to use flowers from your garden to create a visually sophisticated arrangements

alive with hidden meanings.


In Japan, the art of flower arranging, or Ikebana, has been practiced for nearly five centuries. Ikebana, translated as “living flowers,” speaks to the experience of communing and creating in concert with nature. In this way, the people of Japan have developed flower arrangement as an opportunity find union with the perfectly imperfect beauty of our world.

Starting with Shakespeare, the English have had a love affair with the metaphorical language of flowers. For the Victorians, every bloom symbolized something. At a time where feelings were often not spoken, flowers were the messenger to evoke promises.

This secret code of communication through flower arrangement is known formally as as  floriography.


 Getting Inspired


Take a turn about your lawn (or local farmers market) to survey your options, choose what excites you, even if you don’t know how it is going to work yet. Or, try flipping through some books for inspiration.


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Start Designing


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Try something unexpected– we love incorporating aromatic herbs like salvia and rosemary, and whimsical pieces of curly willow.

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Play with texture- add interest to your arrangement by incorporating flowers and greenery of different shapes, sizes, and patters.
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Choose some stand outs- select a couple of blossoms or special pieces that you want to highlight.
Power words often it is helpful to come up with that set the tone for you arrangement. These words can act as beacons of inspiration if you begin to feel lost or overwhelmed. For these arrangements we chose
ethereal, asymmetrical, airy, tendrils, and unrestrained
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sal·vi·a ˈsalvēə/

a plant of the mint family, especially (in gardening) a bedding plant cultivated for its spikes of bright flowers.
Origin modern Latin, from Latin salvia ‘sage.’
Symbolism: Compassion and thoughtfulness

leather·leaf·fern

Excellent base for most arrangements. Slant cut smaller pieces off of frond for all size needs. Slant cut stem for easy insertion into floral foam.

Symbolism: Sincerity


pe·o·ny ˈpēənē/an herbaceous or shrubby plant of north temperate regions, which has long been cultivated for its showy flowers.

Symbolism: Bashfulness, with nymphs said to be hiding in the petals


ra·nun·cu·lus rəˈnəNGkyələs/

Japanese ranunculus, a temperate plant of a genus that includes the buttercups and water crowfoots, typically having yellow or white bowl-shaped flowers and lobed or toothed leaves.
Symbolism: Radiant with charm

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lotus·seed·pod

The seed pod of the glorious aquatic Lotus Blossom makes An eye-catching addition to any arrangement,

Symbolism: creative power and transformation.


Hy·dran·gea hīˈdrānjə/

Paniculata species, is a deciduous shrub or small tree, broad, growing in sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes. Flowers are rounded or flattened flowering heads of small florets, the outer ones of which are typically infertile. Hydrangeas are native to Asia and America.

Symbolism: Gratitude, and heartfelt emotions


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