Eye Candy – Max Gill Design

Max Gill Design- clematis arrangement

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Max Gill Design- white centerpiece

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Romantic winter wedding flowers Iceberg, Pieter B, and Swan garden roses, huechera foliage, Guincho Purple elder foliage, white and pink snowberry, green toyon berries, sweet autumn clematis, and Asian pears

Max Gill Design- urn with orange flowers and kumquats

Max Gill Design- orange floral bouquet

Max Gill Design- pink and white bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design- bridal bouquet with ivory and copper flowers

Max Gill Design- centerpiece with flowers in an urn

Max Gill Design-large centerpiece with autum flowers

Max Gill Design- succulents, orchids

Max Gill Design- hot pink centerpiece

Max Gill Design- Bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design
Berkeley, California
http://maxgilldesign.com/

The Designers behind the Flowers

Caroline of Passiflora

Caroline of Passiflora

Melbourne florist Melanie Stapleton

Melanie of Cecilia Fox

Floral Artistry by Alison Ellis

Alison Ellis of Floral Artistry

Della Blooms

Dana of Della Blooms

Bernadette - Diamond Custom Floral, Washington

Bernadette of Diamond Custom Floral

Jean-Pascal Lemire

Jean-Pascal Lemire of Bouquet Fleuriste

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral

Eye Candy – Ken Marten

Ken Marten - Agapanthus

Ken Marten - Allium

Ken Marten - Amaryllis

Ken Marten - Black Callas

Ken Marten - eremerus

Ken Marten - blue hydrangea

Ken Marten - allium and clematis

Crown Imperial Fritillary, Ken Marten

Ken Marten - red dahlias in black vases

Ken Marten - eremerus

Ken Marten - green hydrangeas

Ken Marten - green hydrangea

Ken Marten - green hydrangea and allium

Ken Marten - hydrangeas and bittersweet

Ken Marten - hydrangeas and orchids

Ken Marten - purple and silver

Ken Marten - red peonies & gloriosa

Ken Marten - red ginger

Ken Marten - serracena

Ken Marten - sunflowers

Wedding Wednesday :: Fall Flowers

Fall Foliages by Chapel Designers

A few members of the Chapel Designers took on the challenge of creating a fall foraged foliage design, all foliages gathered within one mile of their house and mostly from their own yards! Check out the fun results -

Creating a Flower Wall by Events In Bloom

I have a great post today for all of you – a step by step pictorial to creating a wall of flowers! Events In Bloom of Tampa, Florida has been kind enough to share their photos of a flower wall they created for a corporate client.
In all 9 squares of floral foam were attached to a wooden frame -

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Events In Bloom - Creating a Flower Wall

Thank you to Jana of Events In Bloom for sharing this process of creating a flower wall with all of our readers!

Designing with Resendiz Brothers Flowers & Foliages

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm

Recently Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers sent out the above boxes of goodies to Laurie from Fleurie, Carmel from Mt Lebanon Floral and Myself. I find it so interesting how three floral designers in three different areas of the USA can receive the same box of goodies and come up with such different designs, interesting isn’t it??

First, a closeup of each flower & foliage we received -

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Banksia Speciosa

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron Jester, Leucadendron Goblet, Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Protea Eximia

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Brunia Albiflora

Designs by me, Bella Fiori, Washington -

Bella Fiori design with Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm Materials

Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm - Leucadendron and Brunia Bouquet

Bella Fiori - Bouquet with Leucadendron and Brunia

Designs by Laurie, Fleurie, California -

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Fleurie, Reedley, California - Floral Design with proteas and banksia with brunia and leucadendron all from Resendiz Brothers

Designs by Carmel, Mt Lebanon Flower Shop, Pennsylvania

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Corsage and flower ring created with brunia

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia in a lantern from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Mt Lebanon Flower Shop - Carmel designing with proteas, leucadendron, banksia and brunia from Resendiz Brothers

Gaillardia vs Craspedia

What happens when Craspedia (billy balls) isn’t available? Or perhaps your client likes the idea of a fun texture like craspedia, but the yellow is a bit too bright. Maybe you are concerned about the amount of pollen on the craspedia and allergies?
Laurie of Fleurie Flowers has a solution! She does a bit of work on the gaillardia flower & Voila, a faux Craspedia!

gaillardia flowers

gaillardia flowers

gaillardia flowers

gaillardia flowers

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California - Wedding Flowers

Pretty clever, right? I like how it ads a softer touch than the craspedia would have to the bouquets.

Thank you, Laurie!

Fleurie Flowers
Reedley, California

The Designers behind the Flowers

Posh Floral Dallas Texas

Angie of Posh Floral

Karen & Karly from Verbena Flowers & Trimmings, Roseville, California

Karen & Karly from Verbena Flowers & Trimmings

Carlo from [flo rE sta]

Carlo from [flo rE sta]

An Interview with Flower Magazine Editor Margot Shaw

flower magazine logo

Today we have a special guest, Margot Shaw, who is the founder and editor of my favorite magazine – flower

Margot, Please tell us a little bit about what prompted you to start Flower Magazine.

Well, I’ve always loved beauty, and words, and had worked in floral design for a few years, unable to find anything with a floral/lifestyle message on the newsstand, and one day had the idea to start a magazine devoted to flowers in every incarnation.Living in Birmingham, Alabama, the home base for numerous national publishing houses made my job easier, especially as I was a complete novice. But the idea began to take “root” and I’ve had amazing help, support, lots of God moments, and incredibly rich experiences in these last 7 years, as we’ve grown and increased to bi-monthly from quarterly.

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Photographer – Becky Luigart-Stayner

What is a typical day in the life of a magazine editor?

Interesting question. For me, there is no typical day, as every day is different. Depending on where we are in the editorial cycle, what special events are on the calendar and where I might be speaking, I can be in the office looking at cover options, or in Chicago presenting to a garden club, in New York meeting with advertisers and flower world folks – my day is never boring. Plus I’m surrounded by interesting, beautiful places, gardens, people, etc. – not exactly rough duty…

As you know, the majority of our readers are floral designers and I’m quite sure
they’d like to know how to submit to Flower Magazine. Any tips?

EASY!! Just email pitch, images, etc. to editorial@flowermag.com –
We LOVE submissions and our team is very quick to respond.

What elements do you look for in a floral arrangement to make it cover ready?

A cover-ready arrangement does not need to be over the top, it just has to have a seasonality and beautiful background, and of course, the flowers and design really fresh. We love an interesting container but not one that distracts from the “star of the show”.

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What do you see as the next big thing in floral design? What has seen its day?

I think the next big thing is just more of the green/slow flower idea, whether its organic plant material, or just something locally grown, versus imported. The loose, garden-y look is one of my favorite throwback styles that I hope will endure. The element of simplicity seems to be gaining ground, whether it’s monochromatic arrangements or mono-bloom. I’m not sure what’s seen it’s day, as my sense is we’re just embracing more design styles and retaining what’s still good design. I still love a beautiful French hand-tied bouquet, or a sphere of rich red carnations in a footed urn, as well as a big mixed English arrangement on a console in the foyer of an important venue. So, these favorites of mine will always be in vogue with me.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry?

With all the DIY blogs, Pinterest, etc., the industry MUST continue to emphasize its strengths. I think it’s really important for a designer/retailer to not only market themselves, but offer educational options. It’s one way to expose consumers to good design, and instruct them about flower care and mechanics, all the while having them in the shop/studio being familiarized with the of course, unattainable expertise of the actual designer. So we want to inspire civilians to arrange, but always foster an appreciation for the high level of skill and talent of the professional. The more people are empowered, the more they’ll see flowers as a necessity vs. a luxury, and that’s good for all of us!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration almost everywhere – design books, flower shows, garden tours, travel in general, fashion, interior design, even music. I think the world of design is so interrelated , with all mediums feeding off each other. Our new slogan at “flower” is “flower as a verb” meaning, a lifestyle that flourishes…

Photographer - Cary Norton

Photographer – Cary Norton

Which blogs & magazines do you read?

Well, Flirty Fleurs of course, Style Blueprint, Slow Flowers, Faith Flowers, Flower School of New York, Emily Thompson Flowers, All the Best, Cote de Texas, Honey of a Thousand Flowers, my list is pretty long, but that’s a good smattering of blogs, and magazines I read/have and hope to read: Garden Design, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, New Yorker, Victoria, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, Art and Antiques and every now and then, Rolling Stone (I’m a music fanatic)

If you were to design an arrangement for your home today what style would it be
and what flowers would you use?

Loose, garden-y, most likely from my garden, augmented by some gorgeous dahlias from my wholesaler, or whatever’s in season, that I don’t have in my garden.

And, I have to ask– what’s your favorite flower?

Right now, it’s either the scabiosa or the poppy. They’re so simple and playful. I like things that don’t take themselves too seriously, have movement, and a little sass.

Thank you, Margot, for sharing your passion for flowers with us! So great to get to know you a bit better!

For more information on flower magazine – click here

Photographer - Brooke Slezak

Photographer – Brooke Slezak