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.
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.
Try something unexpected– we love incorporating aromatic herbs like salvia and rosemary, and whimsical pieces of curly willow.
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.
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
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
The seed pod of the glorious aquatic Lotus Blossom makes An eye-catching addition to any arrangement,
Symbolism: creative power and transformation.
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