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Announcing Our 2018 Mayesh Design Star

2018 Mayesh Design Star

Remember way back in 2011 when Mayesh decided to do this crazy contest looking for a designer to be the face of our first floral design video series? Also, I remember being excited when our first video almost hit 800 views in its initial month of going live, while today this month’s design video has well over 10,000 views on YouTube and Facebook combined in just 14 days!  Top that off with the fact that our videos are watched around the world from the US to the UK, Taiwan, Spain, Brazil and beyond – we can truly say that we have created a series that has reached the far corners of the world. I love taking the time to reminisce, appreciate how far we have come, and know that this part of our journey is still well and will continue to evolve. However, none of this would have been possible without our amazing and inspiring Mayesh Design Stars who all share the passion and love of sharing their knowledge of floral design.

My team had its work cut out, as we had 38 people enter this year’s contest! And I know I say this every year, but it still is true – we are blown away with all of the amazingly talented people who entered the contest. We watched every video, reviewed workshop curriculums, debated, conducted interviews and deliberated some more. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s contest. We appreciate all of the hard work and effort that went into your entry and we treasure your support!

With the deliberations complete, I am happy to finally announce our 2018 Mayesh Design Star, Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay!! We love her energy, her fresh ideas, and are excited to start collaborating on our 2018 Mayesh Design Star tour and video series. To give you just a tiny taste of her 12-page proposal, Kaylee’s theme is “CURATE, CREATE, BE YOURSELF, AND THRIVE” – I think that mantra really resonates with our community! Get to know Kaylee in an upcoming interview that will be posted on the blog very soon.

Congratulations Kaylee, we are so excited to have you join our team!!

P.S. I have already started to receive inquiries about tickets for next year’s tour. We are hitting 4 U.S. cities and will be hosting a workshop experience in Quito, Ecuador. Once I have the dates finalized, the tickets will be available for sale. Stay tuned…

Mayesh Design Star: Large Scale Altar Arrangement

How to design a large luxe arrangement / alter piece

In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy Hulsey shows us how to make a grand, large-scale altar piece in her signature free form style using the Majesty vase from Accent Decor. The design highlights seasonal luxe rose varieties from Rosaprima. The bonus is that the design is done in such a way to make transport easy!

Featured product: Foraged branches, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, wisteria,
poke berries, passion vine, king protea, peach amaryllis, Ohara garden rose, Quicksand rose, Juliet garden rose (David Austin), Putumayo carnation, white ranunculus, Cafe Au Lait dahlia, white mini tulips, luminaria and pampas grass.

Materials used: Oasis netting, water tubes and the Majesty vase from Accent Decor.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Roses: Rosaprima
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Hair & Makeup: Hustle & Blow Dry Bar


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Mayesh en español: Arreglo floral de fin de verano

Arreglo floral de fin de verano

¡Estamos emocionados para revelar nuestro primer video de diseño floral de Mayesh en español! La talentosa Veronica Cicero de Anthology Co. en Miami, Florida nos ayudó con tres videos. En la primera instalación, Veronica explica su proceso de diseño de un arreglo de compota de verano tardío. Disfruten y por favor compartan con sus amigos florales que hablan español.
¡Felices diseños!

Mentha ornamentale
Hortensia paniculata
Veronica White
Moras verdes
Dahlia “Café au Lait”
Rose “Café Latte”
Helecho Otoño Dorado
Pasto “Metallica”
Pasto Chasmanthium

::English Translation::

We are very excited to unveil Mayesh floral design videos in Spanish! The very talented floral designer, Veronica Cicero of Anthology Co. in Miami, Florida was so kind to help us out and we shot 3 videos. In the premier installment, Veronica explains her process in designing a late summer compote arrangement. Enjoy and please share this news with your Spanish speaking floral friends.

Happy designing!

Flowering Mint
Hydrangea paniculata “Tardiva”
Veronica White
Green Millet
Fruiting Immature Blackberries
Hellebore Double Ellen Pink
Dahlia “Café au Lait”
Rose “Café Latte”
Fern Autumn Gold
Grass “Metallica”
Grass Chasmanthium

Videographer: Talewind Visuals

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Art Alive 2017

rotunda design by Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals

Mayesh Wholesale was proud to partner with Carlos of Green Fresh Florals and contribute part of the beautiful fresh floral product for this year’s Art Alive installation at the San Diego Museum of Art.

This Gala event, held every year, showcases the museum’s stunning art and architecture marrying the beauty of art with the beauty of floral design. The annual San Diego Museum of Art fundraiser features floral interpretations of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Many area floral designers contributed their designs which helped bring over 12,000 visitors to witness the Museum’s floral transformation, raising more than $1.3 million! That money will benefit public programs and exhibitions.

Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Floral of Hillcrest designed and installed this year’s stunning rotunda display. An extravagant and rich color combination of vivid flowers from California and South America interpreted through Carlos’ vision, a “surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset”. Truly an immersive installation, Carlos’ creation began outside the Museum’s entrance and continued to the second-floor rotunda.

Franco, 42 is a third generation San Diego native who grew up in Paradise Hills and now lives in the College Area. This is his fourth time to design this installation for Art Alive and it was truly breathtaking.

We had the pleasure of sending one of our favorite cinematographers, Logan Martin of Talewind Visuals, to capture the installation of the surrealist dream of sunrise and sunset by Carlos and his team, as well as some of the other floral designs displayed at the event. Please sit back and enjoy the work of many artisans working together for this wonderful fundraising event!

(blog contributor: Shelley Anders)

Mornings with Mayesh Replay August 2017

Each month, I get together with some of my flower friends for our Mornings with Mayesh show to discuss the world of flowers. From general flower availability and flower care to marketing for your flower business and everything in between, you don’t want to miss this replay!

This month, I invited my friend and 2017 Mayesh Design Star, Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers to share with you about her experiences as a floral business owner and as a Mayesh Design Star!

Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the questions, answers, and resources for your reference!

Post your questions or topics for the August’s show in the comments below. See you on September 12th at 7 am PST / 10 am EST which will be streamed live on Facebook only! (We are testing out a new way of doing the show).





  • Instead of talking about the horrible heat wave happening on the west coast, let’s talk about the cool stuff that’s coming into season now…
    • Fresh Chinese Lanterns
    • Grape Vine  -but limited quantity for a limited time
    • Hydrangea Lacecap- available import or drop ship
    • Hydrangea peegee – available via drop ship
    • Hops Strands
    • Lisianthus Local-back on
    • Raspberry (with thorns)
    • Sedum
    • Snowberry Import
    • Tree of heaven



  • From Dolores Vlad: How can I keep white ranunculus, white garden roses and white Ohara bouquets from browning easily especially on hot summer days?
  • From Alicia Schwede, of Bella Fiori & Flirty Fleurs: I’d like to know more about the care and handling of Calathea leaves!! Used some for a wedding last week and half of them curled up and became crispy.
    • DAVE: All of these problems can be related back to proper hydration practices and knowing which flowers need special care. Water PH is always key and can be corrected simply by just adding your favorite flower food. You may also have high salt or chlorine content in your water. Salt buildup is the number one cause of browning petals and leaves yellowing & curling. Excess chlorine can also burn flowers. A simple hack is to buy distilled water and add your favorite flower food. The distilled water is void of salts and added chemicals and can drastically reduce those problems. It can even prevent black spots on stephanotis and gardenias. We never recommend boiling stems! Modern research has shown that this method can actually damage cellular structure in the stem reducing water uptake.
    • Shelley: White flowers generally show the most bruising of all the flowers. Most flowers will have some bruising but with white, they just show up easier because of the contrast on the petal. Take extra care not to over handle or press on the tops of your flowers when you are handling them. Remove any damaged petals or bruising you see early on because these will only get worse. If you find they are problematic for you in warmer months suggest doing a white on white look for your brides using creams, beiges and more tonal whites and not starker whites with hints of blush. There will be less obvious signs of bruising  
    • From April Ellsworth: Hellebores -These beauties are tricky! Any processing tips and tricks to avoid wilted and droopy flowers? I’ve tried dipping the stem into boiling water for 30 seconds and also searing the stems….but they still drooped. Because of this, I have avoided these but long to use them in arrangements. Is it possible that I got a “bad” bunch or are these just unreliable?
      • It’s very possible that you just received a bunch that was stressed or aged. Hellebores, when properly hydrated should last at least a week. There are some varieties that naturally curl over so selecting the right variety is important.  
      • My tried and true trick with fresh hellebores that are wilting is to re-cut them and put them in super hot water…not boiling but hot enough to steep tea in…works every time. If it doesn’t then usually like Dave says they are older or stressed. Hellebores are super long lasting some will even last weeks. I jokingly refer to them as zombie flowers some varieties they never die  



  • Susan: How much do you mark up hard goods? If a votive costs a dollar wholesale, what do you charge the customer?



  • Kimberly: floral foam for bouquets in the summer- smart idea? How much longer could the flowers last with and without it?
    • Is this question regarding bridal bouquets or standard bouquets? Bouquet to me is always something hand tied or held in the hand that is why I ask.
    • Floral foam is technically supposed to make your floral arrangements last longer because it has a preservative in it, BUT fresh water and a few drops of bleach in a vase will do the trick just fine. Most important thing is to change the water daily and keep your vases super clean. The problem is getting your customers to do this. I always tell them if you would not want to drink it neither would your flowers.
    •  In lieu of using foam, try creating an armature out of chicken wire instead. By forming it into an “egg shape” you can submerge it into your vessel for added stability.





  • Kasey: Do you have a suggestion on where to find flower frogs and vases fairly inexpensive? I would like to sell arrangements but don’t want to spend too much on the vase and frog if I am going to part with it!
    • I typically don’t suggest flower frogs for daily work because of their expense for most florists. I think that most consumers do not appreciate them the way we do and will not re-use them. Unless you have a customer who continues to bring back the frog with their container repeatedly, then it’s worth it.
    • They have been around for centuries but mostly these were designed more for home use for hobbyists in the 1920’s -1950’s and for Japanese Ikebana style designs originally- not mass market delivery, but with the changes in the industry have become in vogue again.Very eco-friendly but pricey to use!
    • I love them I have a great collection of antique and glass ones, but for your delivery and event orders best to stick with florist netting/chicken wire it does the same thing and is more cost effective in the long run.
    • As you know, I’m an avid Googler of all things unknown! I found a ton on-line at places like & Savon Crafts you could also try your local thrift shop or dollar store.





Before we get into Mayesh Design Star, tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in the flower industry?

Christine of Love In Bloom Floral Design wants to know if you are the sole owner?

I have another question from Christine of Love in Bloom … she says “I have a very small hand grip. Any tricks for hand tie bouquets, especially the garden style?”

How about your team? It looks like you’ve got a close-knit group of people working together in your shop!

I saw that you have a little garden by your studio from which you bring in fresh clippings everyday to design with. Can you tell me a little bit about that? When and why did you decide to begin growing some of your own flowers?

What is CHOF’s focus? More retail or do you also do weddings & events?

How would you describe CHOF’s design style?

After working with you all year, I know the answer to this, but I’m still going to ask … Which flower varieties are your favorites?

Let’s talk tools. What’s your favorite floral design tool?

Social media … I often hear from small business owners that they don’t have time to sit down and do social media. You seem to have made it a priority in your company and just recently helped one of our MDS design videos from July reach over 50,000 views in one month … which is a HUGE deal for us. Can you give us some tips on how you ensure Colonial House of Flowers stays on top of social media?

Time to talk Mayesh Design Star…. Why did you decide to enter last year’s contest? (here’s a link to find out more about this year’s contest)

What has been the most unexpected aspect of your Design Star journey so far?

What has been your most and least favorite parts about being a Mayesh Design Star?

One last question about MDS, do you have any advice for those who are considering entering the contest?

I hate to wrap up, but all good things must come to an end. Christy, do you have any thoughts that you would like to leave us with?


Marigold & Carnation Custom Garlands

Marigold and carnation garland

Did you see our Instagram Story a couple of weeks ago on Instagram? If not, here’s a recap that you don’t want to miss as it features custom garland and floral designs by Sarah Winward! Such a treat for your eyes! If you are in the market and have some custom floral needs for an event, be sure to reach out to us to see how we can help!

Mayesh created almost 1500 feet of garland with carnations and marigolds!

Marigold and carnation garland
Marigold and carnation garland

Question: How do you store and transport that large amount of garland?
Marigold and carnation garland


Answer: With rolling racks and by filling 25 very large Mayesh boxes!

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland


Keep on scrolling and follow the path for more gorgeous shots of these custom garlands in action.Marigold and carnation garland aisle

Marigold and carnation garland chandelier


Garland floral chandeliers – yes, please!
Marigold and carnation garland chandlier

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland

Marigold and carnation garland


Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

In this episode, Christy shows 4 different price points for the garden style arrangement in a retail setting – a single bud vase, small, medium, and large designs. She also gives some insight on how she made her shop stand apart from other floral retailers in her area by finding her “purple cow”.

Featured product: eucalyptus, camellia, maiden hair fern, olive, Quicksand rose, fox glove, ranunculus, fever few, Bikini rose, Free Spirit rose, Juliet garden rose, tulips and godetia.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Roses: Rosaprima
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Offray

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Mornings with Mayesh Replay July 2017

Each month, I get together with some of my flower friends for our Mornings with Mayesh show to discuss the world of flowers. From general flower availability and flower care to marketing for your flower business and everything in between, you don’t want to miss this replay!

This month we switched things up a bit by kicking off the show with my friend, Ryan O’Neil, of StemCounter, to talk about how to go from consult to booked!  Then we will move on to the rest of the show with Dave Tagge and Shelley Anders answering your flower questions.

Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the questions, answers, and resources for your reference!

Post your questions or topics for the July’s show in the comments below and don’t forget to save your seat! See you on July 18th at 7 am PST / 10 am EST






  • This past weekend Chile had a huge snowstorm in the central region affecting their Helleborus Plantation directly and 70% of the production in one of their big Anemones Farms. The storm destroyed the farm that had most of the premium ranunculus crop as well. This was an unusual phenomenon in Chile, they have never experienced this type of crop damage due to cold weather. As information becomes available, we will update you as to what to expect moving forward with these crops.
  • Kumquats have been put on the agricultural hit list again, so they will not be available for a while
  • Local peonies are finished, Dutch are stored for a while now and Alaska should start soon but NOT a huge supply and they will be pricey.
  • Giant Allium and eremurus have finished locally but are available as an import from Holland
  • Local hydrangea and dahlias are in full swing, Dutch hydrangea are available also.
  • Dutch Lilies are hot right now and worth trying, we are running specials from the top 2 growers in Holland. They are price and size comparable to Oregon lilies but with some different unique varieties
  • Large local coxcomb is on strong and looking good.
  • Domestic lisianthus production is down. It has been affected by the heat and some hot colors like Brown and black are almost strictly Dutch now AND a bit expensive. We will be moving towards importing these as local production decreases.
  • Note: you can’t trust everything you see on Instagram. Sometimes growers and wholesalers post unusual items that are in extremely short supply so ask your wholesaler before selling something that you see on Instagram, it doesn’t mean it’s readily available.


  • Two hydrangea questions are related:
    • Elaine: I have a really hard time with hydrangeas, I’ve tried submerging them when they arrive or at the time of arranging, I’ve tried Allium on the stems, watered it from the petals, you name it I’ve done it. Any other suggestions?
    • La’Wanda Marie Hines: Hi! ,What is the best way to keep a hydrangea lasting in a bouquet? Especially in a hand-tied bouquet?
      • Proper cold chain management and hydration with floral food before hand are crucial! In dry climates, it is common practice to submerge the heads in room temperature water for 20 minutes and up to an hour to firm up the heads. You can also accelerate water uptake in the stems by using a potato peeler and removing a few inches of the dermal tissue below the waterline, exposing more of the xylem. This will give you more surface for the uptake of the hydrating solution. Also, by leaving your hand tied bouquets stems longer, you can cut them just before presentation. Keep it in water as long as possible before your install. If you can, re-cut the stems and put the bouquet back in water between photo shoots, ceremony, and reception That will help add some longevity. Always have a few extra stems handy in the event you get a floral malfunction. Some florists will build a “backup” bouquet and switch it out mid event. You can also use an “eco sponge wrap” from Eco Fresh Bouquet to keep the stems hydrated.
  • Kasey: Also any tips on helping keep an arrangement fresh longer I would appreciate it mine tend to die fairly quickly, I cut the leaves so that they aren’t flower level.
    • Lack of proper flower conditioning is the number one cause of premature flower death. Without replenishing the sugars in the cut flowers & greens they will not perform properly. Bulb flowers need additional care as they are no longer receiving hormones from their corm, bulb or tuber. Another huge factor is cold chain management. By properly conditioning and storing your cut flowers they will be set up to resist the stresses that occur during the arranging process.
    • Same proper handling when you get them back to the shop…always make sure you are re-cutting the stems and allowing flowers to drink before you put them back in the cooler.


  • Facebook:
  • Instagram:
    • Did you know that you can also place ads in Instagram Stories? This isn’t new news as this was announced at the beginning of the year, but it is a great advertising tool especially since Instagram stories are so powerful.
    • Friends & followers can now reply to Instagram Stories with photos, videos, and Boomerangs, not just text!
    • Probably the most piece of social media news right now is that you can share a replay of your live videos to Stories. So once you stop broadcasting your live video, tap the share button at the bottom of the page. So easy and a great way to get more mileage out of your live videos if the content is relevant for more than the time you are live.



  • Lisa Ferguson: New fresh mechanical ideas for hanging installations.
    • Newer trends including gridding your ceiling space with wire and hanging ribbons or inverting flowers like snapdragons & delphiniums to create a textured false ceiling. You could also suspend geometrical armatures intertwined with flowers to create depth.
    • Funny I have been getting a lot of request for this very thing recently from my florists, specifically how to and how much to charge. I agree with Dave. Large hanging grids or ceilings of flowers are making a strong showing right now. This can be done with chicken wire attached to wooden frames or suspended styrofoam covered in moss and made into a wood frame, hung with silk (artificial flowers) mixed with real greenery to give it a fresh look. It’s a lighter weight alternative and can be made in advance.Almost all the large installs you see with what looks like wisteria or hanging with really full perfect line flowers are most likely artificial.
    • Large wire hoops suspended like chandeliers are still popular as are floating and hanging spheres and cages and dripping delicate flowers.
    • ZIg-zagging wires across the ceiling the draping greens across with lighting
    • Also elevating very high platforms on tables ceiling height and then draping florals downward is a great look
  • Denise M: What are the best pairings with white and blush colored Peonies for an outdoor, May wedding for both simple table arrangements and hand tied bouquets. Any tips or tricks in working with them?
    • My favorites are garden roses, why have one great fragrance when you can blend several. Texture is everything and garden roses provide not only great fragrance but also textural interest. Make sure to plan on receiving your peonies and garden roses with plenty of time to get them fully open!
    • I love garden roses also and definitely would use standards like Quicksand roses or Sahara, pale pink ranunculus, white, scabiosa and Mary Milton viburnum (when you can get it), mock orange, brown lisianthus. SO many pretties.I think nudes, and brown tone flowers bring the sweetness of the pinks down a bit.
  • Eunice: What are some tips you would give first-time florists, with no education?
    • The Floral Design Institute has online classes available. For more information see the accompanying link.
    •  Find the very best quality or high-end shops in your area and ask to intern for them. Do anything! Process flowers, wash buckets, take orders, get to know your way around a flower shop or studio event florist. Everyone starts this way. Most shops will need the help and don’t have time to train so it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.Once there learn everything you can and study on your own as well.
    • Also, a good way to tell if this is for you, being a florist is hard work y’all!
    • Mayesh offers great instructional videos from our Present and Past design stars and there are tons of tutorials online.
    • At the same time take workshops and classes and one-on-one workshops with your favorite designers.  I offer a series of workshops at our Carlsbad location but not all of our locations do.
    • Some other great resources:





Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style Bridal Bouquet

mayesh design star garden style bouquet video

In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy teaches us how to make a bridal bouquet in the freeform garden style. She also shows come cool techniques for keeping your bouquet in place without losing its shape.This beautiful bouquet also doubles as a centerpiece for the sweetheart table. So charming!

Featured product: Russian olive, camellia leaf, protea, White Ohara garden rose, Juliet garden rose, Cafe Late rose, explosion grass, white spray rose, Putumayo carnation, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, tulips, scabiosa pods, white scabiosa and blush peony.

Container: Gatsby from Accent Decor
Supplies used: rubber bands and zip ties.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Flowers: Rosaprima, Sande Flowers
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorEco Fresh BouquetOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Silk & Willow


Live Chat Replay: Kristin Banta


Hopefully, you didn’t miss yesterday’s live chat with Kristin Banta. If you did, do not despair, as we have the replay below for you, along with a list of questions that were covered. She was amazing! Kristin is so easy to talk to, but most importantly she is passionate about what she does and loves to share her wisdom when it comes to branding, event design, color, clients and so much more! My kind of person! Please watch and share with your fellow flower & event friends!




  • How did you start your brand?
  • How has your brand evolved over time?
  • What do you think are the most important parts about developing a consistent brand to reach your target clients? And who is your target client? When filming the Wedding Party you had said that your minimum is $150,000 and you have done as large as $1,000,000…. is this still true today?
  • Can you explain what your initial consultation/planning process is like when you first meet a new client or couple, and how you determine if you want to work with them?
  • How much influence do you have on the event design, and how do you help steer your clients in certain directions so that you can have the creative license to put on the best event possible?
  • In today’s world of Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media outlets, clients & brides often come to the table with a set idea on what they want. How do you push them to be unique and think beyond what might be “on trend” at that point in time?
  • I know you’re not afraid of color, which is so refreshing! Tell us a bit about your process when asked to design around a color or theme?
  • What do you think of this year’s Pantone Color of the Year?
  • How important do you think the color of the year actually is? Do you find it to be accurate and an inspiration in your designs throughout the year?
  • I like your “there is no rules” mantra … what are some of your favorite rules to break?


  • Chris Clark: I’ve heard you speak several times about your philosophy of “narrative” designing. When does the budget conversation happen in that process?
  • Carol Mason of Romp Events: We are receiving so many requests for garlands (along the aisle, on the table tops, etc.) which greenery has a long shelf life to provide us a longer work time before the day of?
  • Marcela Bogado Dhar: Living walls are starting to be a requested for corporate events and weddings. Any suggestions on cost budgeting for us?
  • Regina: Is there a specific software package you suggest for doing presentations and combining pictures?
  • Wireaccents: How did you become an event designer? What is trending at the moment? And what are you forecasting for 2018 trends?
  • Theweddingladyindy: Have you had a client that was not overjoyed with her work? If yes, how do you react to a client not totally overwhelmed?
  • Avalorendesign: What trends have you set that others are following?
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