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Mayesh Design Star Workshop Tour 2018 Dates

Save the Date | MDS 2018 Workshop Dates

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Mayesh Luxe Blooms: Phalaenopsis from Holland

Take a quick tour to see how our Dutch Phalaenopsis Orchid is grown, graded and packaged before you receive it ...
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A few months back, Kelly Girard of our LAX shipping department challenged Holly Chapple to a Mayesh Pull challenge using ...
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How Many Flowers for Flower Wall

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My Mayesh Pull: The Process

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Mornings with Mayesh: October 2017

Each month, Yvonne gets together with some of her flower friends for our Mornings with Mayesh show to discuss the ...
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Gardenia and Stephanotis Vine Bouquet

Mayesh en español Ramo de Novia con Gardenias

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Mayesh Design Star: How To Work With A Stylist

In October’s Mayesh Design Star video, Christy Hulsey is joined by Whitney Downs of Whitewood Events to explain the benefits ...
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Flower 411: October

Flower 411: October

PRODUCT UPDATES – 9/28/17 Finished / Not Available California product is starting to dwindle down in availability. We will be ...
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Art in Full Bloom 2017

YOU ARE INVITED!! WHAT: ART, FLORAL, FASHION, AND EDM TO BENEFIT AID FOR AIDS OF NEVADA (AFAN) WHEN: NOVEMBER 10, ...
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Mayesh Cooler Picks | Summer

 

We’re kicking off summer with a fresh set of #MayeshCoolerPicks! You can find them on Pinterest as well to save these juicy color palettes to your own inspiration boards.

 


 

PEACH

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Peach

top | Helios garden rose, gold gerrondo, ilse spray rose
middle | Garden Treasure peony, peach dahlia, gold bearded iris
bottom | cinnamon rose, Caramel Antike garden rose, peach ranunculus

 

 

LAVENDER

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Lavender

top | blush scabiosa, lavender frilly tulips, blush ball dahlias
middle | mauve astrantia, pink + white clematis, lavender ranunculus
bottom | picotee ranunculus, lavender lilac, allium siculum

 

 

MULBERRY

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Mulberry

top | dark red scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, burgundy astilbe
middle | Diablo ninebark, red charm peony, chocolate dahlia
bottom | burgundy ranunculus, plum foliage, burgundy upright amaranthus

 

 

PALE PINK

 

Mayesh Cooler Picks Summer Pale Pink

top | Moonstone garden spray rose, white muscari, pink lilac
middle | white clematis, blush anemones, white scabiosa
bottom | blush hyacinth, white sweet peas, pink mondial rose

Flower 411: Lisianthus, Scabiosa & More

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 6/26/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 

Bells Dyed Red- no growers, dying right now

Camelia- Oregon is off crop- only available in CA

Delphinium Light Pink

Deutzia

English Lavender- nice big bunches finished

Eucalyptus Seeded Naked

Geranium Rose and var rose are off crop for about 1 month

Grevelia Flowers off crop for 2-3 weeks

Lace Flower

Lepto

Lilac- finished import and local

Lily of the Valley- local finished – go import

Lupine

Mock Orange

Nagi

Nandina

Magnolia- going through a new growth phase

Peony – Local

Poppy Oriental- Import finished

Safflower

Spirea

Viburnum all

 

Limited

 

Anemone- Local finished, import (Super LIMITED) just starting

Banksia

Cotinus Blooming – limited, just starting

Delph hybrid White or pink

Edelweiss- sub for flannel flower-import

Eucalyptus Gunni

Eucalyptus Small leaf bonsai, parvafolia, moon lagoon

Festival Bush

Flannel Flower- only one import grower

French Tulip – finished in Holland, only one local vendor – limited amounts and colors

Grape Vine

Grass Explosion

Ivy tree variegated

Jasmine

Kiss me over the Garden Gate

Kumquats

Larkspur- very limited especially white

Lisianthus – Brown and Black

Poppy pods – finishing

Poppy Matilda white – short season

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) -orange and yellow-transitioning from local to Import

Protea local assorted, pinks limited – no called pinks and no whites of any kind

Protea King white and Pink (SUPER Limited)

Protea white  – finished locally, import only

Ranunculus– Dutch ended, extremely limited locally and import SA starting very slowly.

Smilax – limited

Thryptomene/ Calycina- import limited

Tulips- ending in Holland, local we are getting frilled and singles, a few doubles (NO WHITE) and a few Parrots (NO WHITE)

 

Just Starting

 

Amaranthus – upright Gold- only one vendor

Artichoke Blue Flowering

Astilbe Local

Celosia Feather- green and orange

Echinacea pods

Helenium

Heliopsis

Hydrangea Local – just starting – not all colors available

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Lysmachia

Marigolds – orange

Nigella local

Protea Blushing Bride- import- very limited – pink only

Rudbeckia

Safflower

Tritona

Viburnum berry green

 

Available

 

Alchemilla Mollis – local

Agapanthus – Local

Allium – Giant local

Allium Bullit – Local

Allium – all sizes import

Artichokes

Birds – available locally

Blooming Artichokes

Bouvardia- very limited locally

Bupluerum

Campanula – local

Chamomile/ Matricaria/feverfew

Clematis – local  (white limited) and Dutch (don’t grow white)

Cornflower

Cotinus foliage – purple or green

Coxcomb- Import only

Craspedia – local

Delphinium Bella – light blue or dark blue

Delphinium Waltz – dark blue or light blue

Hybrid delphinium – dark blue, purple, light blue, lavender

Dianthus green ball

DAHLIAS 

• Most decorative colors are available

• Dahlia Ball shapes, not all colors yet, but a fair selection

• White ball is still extremely limited

• Dinner Plates are coming on

Echinops – import only

English Lavender- small local bunches

Euphorbia dog eye – local

Eremurus – Local

Freesia – local finished, import only

Freesia Super- local

Gerber

Honey Suckle

Hydrangea Nice Colors-Import & Local

Iris regular

Kale

Leucadendron Jubilee crown

Leucadendron Jester

Lily of the valley- import only $$$$

Nigella

Ninebark- foliage only

Ornithogalum dubium yellow, orange- import

Ornithogalum dubium white- local

Passion vine

PEONIES

• Local – are finished

• Dutch – stored but should still have good shippable stuff for a couple of weeks

• Coral done (not worth the risk)

• Canada Quebec – has a few pink and white that are still fresh cut

• Alaska – starts mid July

Pepperberry Hanging– foliage only right now

Pieris Buds

Poppies

Scabiosa- local only

Scabiosa Pods- Local

Southern Smilax

Statice

Stephanotis

Stephanotis mega box 250 ct

Sunflower- black center, green center, teddy bear, tinted red, ring of fire

Sunflower Mini 10st

Trachelium – local

Tweedia – local

Veronica- Local and Import

Waxflower – local finished- go import

Yarrow cottage – import and local

Yarrow yellow – local

Zinnia – Just starting

 

Plentiful/ Flushing

 

Amaranthus hanging or upright (red or green)

Bells

Dahlia

Dahlia Café Au Lait

Green Mist

Lisianthus

Queen Anne’s Lace white or Chocolate

Scabiosa Local

Snow on the mountain

Sunflower

 

Coming Soon

 

Crocosmia – Local

Hydrangea Lacecap/Quick Fire hyd starting, Limelight/peegee will start soon

Kent’s Beauty oregano starting soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

MDS Workshop Sponsor Feature: Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

 

As we gear up for the fifth stop on our workshop tour in Houston next week, we wanted to share a little bit about one of our newer tour sponsors!

 


 

Sande Flowers is a Dutch flower farm based in Guayllabamba, Ecuador which is located 30 minutes outside of the Capital city of Quito.

Sande Flowers is the world biggest calla grower with over 20 years of experience in Ecuador. The 450+ employee company doesn’t only grow callas but beautiful lilies as well. They also have a line of summer flowers like Bells of Ireland and Larkspur which are very popular amongst the American people too.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

 

The farms’ altitude (7500 ft.) and its position on the equator create the perfect circumstances to grow high quality flowers year-round. But what makes Sande Flowers really special is their highly qualified staff and Dutch production technologies. Callas are one of the most difficult crops to grow and they have mastered it from breeding to producing and to processing it.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

 

Sande Flowers is a proud Rainforest Alliance member. They believe in their core values. Living by their guidelines helps nature, improves the standard of the flowers and the well-being of their employees. Their turnover of staff is way lower than other farms in Ecuador and their people really seem to enjoy working for the company. The owners believe that only happy and satisfied employees will do everything to deliver that perfect beautiful flower, what has been, and still is, the most important feature that has driven the company for decades.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

 

The relationship with Mayesh and Sande Flowers has always been great because they both strive to supply the best possible and supreme quality flowers from the grower to the end consumer.

 

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

 

Make sure to follow them on Instagram @sandeflowers!

 

MDS Flower Workshop Sponsor Sande Flowers

2017 Memorial Day Flowers Recap

 

 

Two weeks ago, we participated once again in a very special event, Memorial Day Flowers. Memorial Day is a day to recognize the fallen men and women who have served our country, and we are honored to be a part in such an important event. We received a few sets of images from places we sent roses, we hope they’ll inspire you to participate next year!

 


 

Gonsalves-Fasso Flowers | Hanford, CA

 

We participated in the Memorial Day celebration at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Coalinga. There was a great turn out from our Avenal community as you can see by the picture.  Thank you to Avenal Police Dept and their explorer program.

 

 

Kathryn Church Designs | Idaho

 

We gave them away at a local cookie stand who was giving vets free cookies at our farmer’s market and then at the cemetery.  We marked the flags with roses (each flag has a dog tag on it.)   And some we just gave to people or placed on a grave who were there at the cemetery.

 

 

Ventura, California

 

 


 

 

Live Chat Replay: Kristin Banta

LIVE CHAT W/ KRISTIN BANTA REPLAY

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!

 

 

QUESTIONS

  • 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?

 
CURATED QUESTIONS

  • 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?

MDS Cleveland Workshop Photo Recap!

Mayesh Design Star Cleveland Workshop

 

Now that our Cleveland workshop has officially been published by The Bridal Theory, we’re so excited to share our favorite images from our second workshop back in March! Once we received these gorgeous images from Nicole Clarey, we knew we had to make her an official part of our workshop team, so stay tuned for more beautiful photos this as we continue on our #MDSFlowerWorkshop tour. And for a more detailed recap of our Cleveland workshop, make sure to check out The Bridal Theory’s post!

 

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Mayesh Design Star Cleveland Workshop

Photos by Nicole Clarey Photography

 

Sponsors:

 

Accent Décor

Design Master 

Oasis Floral Products 

Borrow Vintage & Eclectic 

 

Vendors:

 

Designer- Christy Hulsey – Colonial House of Flowers

Venue – Lake Erie Building

Photographer – Nicole Clarey Photography

Stylist – Tristan Needham Design

Rentals –  Event Source Rental

Wine – Cameron Hughes Wine

Lunch – Spice Catering Co.

 


 

Our next stop on the tour is Houston (sold out!) but we still have a few seats left for Charlotte, Phoenix, Portland and Detroit! Make sure to reserve your seat now!

Mayesh Minute: Spring Blossom Alternatives

In this edition of the Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson shows off some great alternatives to the spring blossoms that we all love so much! It’s such a short season but not to worry, we have plenty other alternatives to share with you!

Featured product: Aronia aka chokeberry, spiraea, mock orange and viburnum.

 

Mornings with Mayesh Replay June 2017

Each month, Yvonne and Dave get together for their 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 month’s replay! Keep on scrolling down for the show notes that contains all of the quesitons, 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


 

SHOW NOTES

FLOWER QUESTIONS

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF FLOWERS?:

  • Big thank you to Billy in our Los Angeles purchasing hub for putting together our flower 411 list posted now on the Mayesh blog.
  • Some items are ending such as, bearded iris, columbine, Hellebores, lilac, blooming jasmine vine and spirea.
  • Some items are very limited like chamomile, cafe dahlias, lupine, mock orange & most protea varieties excluding pincushions.
  • Here are a few locally grown summer blooms available right now, blooming artichokes grown in Arizona, Coral Sunset Peonies (a relative of Coral Charm), Snowmound Spirea. These are all in stock right now but won’t be around for long!
  • For a full list of what’s coming and what’s going, check out our blog.
  • Also, I wanted to mention the product featured in this month’s design video, Southern Smilax, as we have been receiving a bunch of questions about it.
    • It is available year round with the exception of the following months
      • April – spotty availability
      • May and June – absolutely not available
      • July – spotty availability
  • From Adona: Do all Mayesh centers carry a large variety of flowers? I’m in California and I am relatively close to 3 branches but don’t know if one would have more in stock than others…
    • We have an awesome group of individuals in our central purchasing team that finds all the unique flowers and greens that we carry, and we source them from all over the world. Each branch also has it’s own purchasing agent on site to merchandise their location with the things that make the most sense to their client base.  Every branch has the ability to special order just about anything you need so if you aren’t seeing what you want in inventory,  just ask your sales rep to order it for you.
  • From Amanda: is there any way to see pricing on different garlands without having to call in or email?
    • With logistics playing a large role in flower pricing, it is really hard to post these on a national level. Always consult with a sales rep about any pricing questions. If you’re planning on shipping from one of our national shipping hubs, they can give you a landed cost, that is your flower price including the freight to transport it to your destination.
  • Which breed of roses lasts the longest and how can you prolong their life to make your arrangements last longer?
    • Most hybrid tea roses have been genetically modified to eliminate fragrance which in turn extends their lifespan. The more fragrant a flower is, the shorter its lifespan. This is true with all flowers. To get the longest life out of your roses, we have posted a care and handling guide for you on our blog.
    •  http://www.mayesh.com/roses-preparation-care-and-handling/
  • Raynelle Mcneil: Ordering flowers can be a bit tricky when you need specific color and variety. Where is the best source to select both color hue and variety for ordering flowers?
    • Mayesh has an extensive online flower library to help you select the perfect choices for your event. It’s always nice to have a photo to refer to when talking about color. Another method is to bring in a fabric color swatch, or email your inspiration board to your sales rep.
    • This type of question comes up often and we did a blog post about it a long time ago so long that I can’t find it, but I remember the key point to the article was to use fruits and vegetables, something that is universal and constant to help describe color and to ensure that who you are trying to communicate to understands the color that you are looking for.
  • Heidi: How do you handle quality control of your flowers for events? Is there one person who takes charge of this?
    • Our entire staff is trained in this process. First of all,  your pre-book flower have all been special ordered in fresh, just for your event. We inspect all flowers at the time we receive them looking for blemishes or other problems. Each rep is responsible for quality checking their assembled orders before they are packed. This includes checking that the colors work well together and no items are missing. We never use old product! We condition all of our flowers in a commercial grade low sugar holding solution to start hydrating but not opening the blooms. fragile flowers are individually wrapped and stored in buckets in our cooler until you pick them up or we deliver them to you.

 

MARKETING NEWS

  • Instagram news: just broke over 700 million followers about a month ago with 100 million coming on just within the last 4 months! Much of the growth can be attributed to IG Stories. The 100 million that just came on only knows IG with IG Stories. There are 3 places that marketers need to focus on:
    • the feed
    • IG Live
    • IG Stories – have fun with filters, add personality & style, and sometimes branding.
      • Can add clickable hashtags and location!
      • If you have a public page, your stories are now searchable by hashtags and locations.
      • If you do stories, you can show in who can be suggested based on the activity of your followers.
      • More ways people can find you and bring more people to see your IG page.
      • p.s. if you want more people to follow you double check that your business page is public, not private.
      • There is a new REWIND video feature that you can add to your stories
      • A really cool eraser feature – take a photo, overlays a solid color over the entire photo, tap on the writing tool
  • 1.2 billion use Messenger every month; there are 100,000 active bots;
  • Pinterest
    • Pinterest ads or promoted pins are going to show up if someone clicks on the show me more circle on the pin, you will see promoted pins. You don’t have to do anything, they will show up if your image is visually similar.
      • Be careful with your images. Lifestyle images may convert better, for Pinterest thought it might be better to have a picture of just your product and is very good quality.
    • Pinterest is doing something similar when you click on a Pin and the images that show below that are “more like this” will also include promoted pins.
    • Metrics – you can see metrics on individual pins by click on the graph button – you’ll see total engagement, closeups, click to a website and saves.
  • Google Lens in your camera
    • You can just open up your camera, point it at a business, and Google lens knows the name of the business and will tell you the rating for it and sometimes even purchase items from the business. No need to open up any other app. This is just your camera. Groundbreaking stuff.
  • Google Photos – you can tell what pictures to share with who automatically. If there are pictures of flowers, you can share with co-workers, but photos of your baby you can set up to share with your family member.
  • Facebook
    • You can see the number of saves on your posts (someone can save to read or reference later). And for Facebook ads, you can create an audience based on people who have saved your posts or your page.
    • You can choose 5 featured pictures for your business page soon.

FLOWER BUSINESS

  • From Tanya Costigan Events: I’m new to floral and Mayesh (registered with you after attending the Intrigued Conference) and pricing for my clients is something I need guidance on. How do I figure what pricing to pass along to my clients? (flowers, markup, design, etc.)
    • The industry average is 3 to 3-½ times markup on fresh product with 15-20% labor.  Wedding, corsage, and any handwork is usually a 5 times markup and hardgood costs are usually doubled after your freight has been added.
  • From Courtlynn Noack: I’m new to the industry + pretty young. How long after being in business should I wait to raise my prices?
    • Being competitive with pricing is important but you should set standards that make sense with your own business model. For instance, artists working out of their homes have far less overhead costs and can translate that to savings for their clients but you want to “pay yourself” for all that creative labor involved. Network with other florists and ask what works for them or take some small business management classes or seminars to put things into perspective.
  • From Shelby: I’m familiar with the normal industry standard of marking up product but I’m curious about Labor. For instance, setting a price as a freelance designer. How do you figure out your worth/how much to charge per hour?
    • In most cases, they are going to tell you what they can afford to pay you, but it opens up a dialogue for you to negotiation with them. From years of talking with florists and making recommendations, I can tell you that if they like your work ethic, they are going to pay you well enough to keep you on their roster.
    • Our Miami branch often sources freelance designers for destination events and the branch manger said that the average rate is $25 per hour. I also found a post on Flirty Fleurs and the people who answered the question said usually between $15 and $25.
  • From Hannah Hunt: New to wedding floral business. I have been getting inquiries via my website where the bride asks for prices. Once I suggest a face to face or phone consultation to determine specifics so I can give them a quote, they do not respond. Is this normal? Are price seekers to be expected? How do florists handle this step?
    • Timely response is always key to any inquiry. Most brides are already shopping your competition to find the best value but may commit to the speediest most confident responses.  It’s a double edge sword if you post pricing online. You could put pre-packaged pricing on your website that would appeal to some brides but that could limit your options for larger more interesting events or scare away smaller unique clients.
    • Here’s what our Floral Forum designers had to say that relates to this topic: http://www.mayesh.com/floral-forum-educating-our-clients-on-pricing/

FLOWER DESIGN

  • Katalin Green: Random .. almost off topic… who did Beyoncé flower piece for your baby 👶🏼 shoot?
    • ***This is still Unconfirmed*** Awol Erizku is a multimedia Artist and possibly the photographer & floral set designer.
  • From Carie Youngers: How do you make a graduation podium piece not look like a funeral spray?
    • Stay away from the funeral palm leaves! Try using large tropical leaves like monstera as your base. Create the illusion of size with branches and fill in with fun seasonal flowers.
  • From @tylerawolf – I’m having a hard time knowing what greenery to choose. could you talk about that
    • First, I’d pop into a Mayesh branch and check out the seasonal availability. You can also snoop the internet for creative inspiration. Designing is really about setting yourself apart from the other guy by developing your own brand. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little, there are tons of fascinating ways to create your own style.
    • Don’t be afraid to talk to your rep about your needs. Let them know the look you are going for and they can help steer you in the right direction. If you are a bit like me and don’t really want to have a conversation with someone until you do a little research, then check out our foliages in our Flower Library.
  • From @obcessedwithflowers – How do you make a cost effective flower wall?
    • First, you need to determine if you are going to salvage it after the event or dumpster it. Using a base of moss or branches that can be reused is a good first step. You can spread the initial cost of the fabrication across every subsequent “rental”. Buying bulk from www.mayesheshmarket.com is another way to save money on all of your large purchases.
    • We did a flower wall video with Beth O’Reilly a couple of years ago that used minimal flowers to help with cost.
  • From Raynelle McNeil: What the best technique to do a floral wall with flowers or greenery. Is it water tubes or oasis backing with chicken wire?
    • There are a few ways to do it. Oasis makes a product called floral foam tiles https://oasisfloralproducts.com  that are lighter and have shallower dimension to keep weight down. If you are loading your wall with heavier flowers you may want to add chicken wire for added stability. Water tubing is also a great way to fabricate a wall. You can go as crazy as you want and mix various methods as needed.
  • We did a flower wall challenge at our branches around the same time and we used Oasis floral foam tiles and we have pictures and materials that we used to build the wall. Check it out:
  • HYDRANGEA:
    • From Phyllis: I have to make a hand tied hydrangea bouquet, which I have never done. I have heard the flowers don’t hold up well. Any suggestions?
      • It’s true, hydrangeas can be fussy. They don’t like the heat of summer or being out of water for long periods. When selecting your hydrangea, check that the blooms feel firm and slightly leathery to the touch. The mini green variety holds up well, they are cut at a slightly “prematurely” stage and very hardy. Antique varieties also hold up very well and can be dried and still retain much of their color. The key with any flower is to properly hydrate and use the right floral food. Pampered flowers always perform better!
    • From Lynn Cioffi: How do I keep a hydrangea wedding bouquet perfect for the day of the wedding?
      • 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.
    • From Trista Rose Miller: How do you keep hydrangeas looking fresh in tall centerpiece designs?   I typically have some heads start to fade in flower foam within 18 or so hours, even with proper conditioning, good use of the foam, finishing products (Crowning Glory), etc.  Would water tube picks be a better choice?
      • Yes! Floral foam is great for a lot of uses but it can slow the uptake of water in hydrangeas and they drink a lot of water! You can keep them happy by creating a 1 to 2-inch void under the foam making sure the stems go all the way through to the unobstructed water source.  Water tubing is good short term, but still need frequent refilling.
  • From Rebecca Butler: How do you do the mechanics of flowers on this arch? To secure them?? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/75998312441257397/ 
    • This look can be constructed using two Oasis foam cages, wired or taped onto the floral arch. Flowers are inserted to extend from each focal point and wrapped around the armature. Additional blooms are given the illusion of floating by being hung using monofilament fishing line.
  • From Shelby: Dusty Miller in bouquets! More often than not, the product comes in super short. What are some tips and tricks for using in bridal bouquets?
    • We import beautiful long stem dusty miller from South America and it is available pretty much all year round. Ask your local Mayesh branch to special order it in for your next event!
    • Speaking of extra long or extra anything … be sure to talk to your rep about our Mayesh Luxe Blooms – this is the high-end product that we are able to source for you. We can carry some of it in our everyday inventory, but often product needs to be special ordered. You can get more information on our website:

 

Flower 411: We’ve Got Dahlias!

Flower 411 June 5, 2017

 

PRODUCT UPDATES – 6/5/17

 

Finished / Not Available

 

Aqualeiga- finished import- no local

Blooming Hawthorne

Delphinium Light Pink

Eucalyptus Seeded Naked

Grevelia Flowers – off crop for 2-3 weeks

Helleborus – all

Iris Bearded

Iris Spurea- hasn’t started yet

Jasmine

Lilac- finished import and local

Nagi

Nandina

Magnolia- going through a new growth phase

Peony Claire da Lune, Pastel Elegance

Photinia Flowering

Poppy Matilda- nobody grows anymore

Poppy Pods- last shipment 6/3

Pokeweed

Safflower

Sunflower bi color, mahogany – not ready yet

Viburnum, Mary Milton and Popcorn

 

Limited

 

Anemone- Local finished, import just starting (Super LIMITED)

Chamomile/ Matricaria/feverfew

Cotinus Blooming- limited , just starting

Cotinus Foliage

Dahlia Café Au Lait- very limited

Deutzia

Edelweiss- sub for flannel flower-import

Eucalyptus Gunni

Flannel Flower- only 1 import grower

Freesia Super– extremely limited locally only

French Tulip- finished in Holland, only one local vendor – limited amounts and colors

Ivy tree variegated

Leucadendron Safari Sunset

Lisianthus Brown and Black

Lupine- assorted colors only, will finish quickly

Mock Orange- extremely limited

Protea – local assorted pinks limited- no called pinks and no whites of any kind

Protea King white (Limited)

Protea white – finished locally, import only

Ranunculus- extremely limited locally and ending import Dutch – import SA starting soon

Smilax- limited

Spirea

Tulips- ending in Holland, locally we are getting frilled and singles, a few doubles and a few Parrots

Viburnum Lacecap

 

Just Starting

 

Amaranthus upright Gold- only 1 vendor

Artichoke Blue Flowering

Cotinus Purple – foliage only

English Lavender- nice

Blueberries

Hydrangea Local – just starting – not all colors available

Marigolds Orange

Nigella local

Protea Blushing Bride- import very limited

Thryptomene/ Calycina- import limited

 

Available

 

Alchemilla Mollis – local

Allium- import

Artichokes

Birds- available locally

Bouvardia – very limited locally- go import

Camelia- Oregon is off crop- only available in CA

Campanula – local

Clematis – local  (white limited) and Dutch (don’t grow white)

Cornflower

Coxcomb- Import only

Craspedia – local

Delphinium Belladonna – light blue or dark blue

Delphinium Waltz – dark blue or light blue

Hybrid Delphinium – white, mauve limited / no other pink

Dianthus green ball

Dahlias

Euphorbia dog eye-  local

Eremurus- Local

Freesia – local finished, import only

Gerber

Honey Suckle

Hydrangea – Nice Colors – Import

Iris – regular

Kale

Kale frilled- purple or white

Leucadendron Jubilee crown

Leucadendron Jester

Leucospermum pincushion – orange and yellow

Nigella

Ninebark- foliage only

Ornithogalum dubium yellow, orange- import

Ornithogalum dubium white- local

Passion vine

 

Available

 

Peony- Local

Peony – Dutch outdoor are just starting, so should have a good peony supply for awhile!

Pepperberry Hanging

Poppies

Scabiosa- local and import

Scabiosa Pods- Local

Statice

Stephanotis

Stephanotis mega

Stephanotis lei

Sunflower- black center, green center, teddy bear, tinted red

Sunflower Mini 10st

Trachelium

Tweedia

Veronica- Local and Import

Viburnum- local

Waxflower- local finished – import- purple and white only

Yarrow cottage- import and local

Yarrow yellow- local

Zinnia- Just starting, no requesting colors

 

Plentiful / Flushing

 

Bells

Bupluerum

Larkspur

Lisianthus

Orlaya

Queen Anne’s Lace – White or Chocolate

Snapdragons

Stock

Sunflower – black center

 

Coming Soon

 

Allium local- two weeks

Astilbe -two weeks for local

Blueberries

Catmint

Carolina Spice

Cotinus Flowers – red or green

Euphorbia – fireglow and dogeye

Japanese Maple

Tritoma.. the big ones

Rose Vines…one more week

Southern Smilax – mid June

Weigela

Interview: Park Floral Design + Siloh Floral Artistry

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

You may have noticed that our Instagram feed was on POINT over the past two days, and it’s all thanks to Ashley & Liz who filled it with stunning images from their recent Sentient workshop! They were sweet enough to answer a few questions for us about their working relationship, love of flowers, and the workshop itself! So let’s get to know Ashley (@parkfloraldesign) and Liz (@silohfloral) a bit better, shall we?

 


 

First of all, congratulations on what looked like a successful (and gorgeous) workshop! Can you first tell us a bit about each of yourselves, and how this all came to be? 

Thank you!

Liz: I have been designing flowers for the past 6 years, working under  and learning from two different designers and then I finally took the plunge and started my own company in November 2015. I have always known that I need to work and create with my hands. Flowers make me imagine and wonder, which is something I never want to lose. I spend my time (and money, let’s be honest) exploring the world and eating and cooking good meals. I’m a wine and whiskey lover and a sucker for a good old-fashioned.

Ashley: I have been working in the wedding industry for nearly 10 years but have spent the last 4 focusing on floral design and have found my calling there! I am a mom of two, wifey of one and a mama to four chickens and one pup. We recently moved to a new (old!) little bungalow in Denver and now I just dream of running an urban farm and garden.

We met a few years back when we were working together at another florist’s studio. After that we have each continued to build our own businesses, but honestly, we are floral soulmates and are constantly working together and bouncing ideas back and forth.

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

 

Have the two of you collaborated in the past, or was this your first experience doing something like this together?  

Oh yes! We joke that this is “the family biz” – we get to work together constantly. When we were first working together a few summers ago we bonded over our love of 90’s hip hop and R&B and it was instant fireworks! Working together is so seamless for us and we have a very similar aesthetic and approach to floral design. It is so natural and easy not only to design together, but also to teach side by side. This was our first group floral workshop that we have hosted and we’re already scheming up round two!

 

We’re a huge fan of floral workshops and the invaluable education that comes with hands-on learning in an intimate setting. I love that you designed this workshop around four art principles & concepts; can you explain what those are and why you chose them? 

Floral design is truly an art form to us. We work with a medium that is constantly changing and evolving, but that is exactly the reason that we love it. Florals are different than so many art forms, such as painting, photography, or sculpture, because we are working with things that are alive and also temporary. That is part of the magic though – it is this fleeting beauty that you get to create and behold just for a period of time.

Since we have such a similar approach to design, we found it was helpful to teach in a way that other creative minds could understand. Color, shape, movement and contrast were the four principles we focused on during Sentient. These principles dictate how we create conceptualize and design each floral arrangement. The palette is the foundation for our designs and where we love to spend the most time becuase it completely sets the tone for the entire creation. Shape is all about establishing a mood and giving an arrangement character and personality, while movement is about evoking a feeling in the design and letting the eye travel through the floral piece. We love to use some contrast as we work with flowers to help make things “pop” and add more visual interest.

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

What was your favorite part or moment of the weekend? 

The second night of the workshop, we hosted a private dinner catered by The Fond Life (@thefondlife) at Ashley’s home. It was such an intimate and special time to get to know each of the attendees and bond over incredible food!  We would also say watching the group come together for the installation design was so exciting and rewarding.

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

Let’s get to the good stuff – the flowers! It must be a dream to get to choose all the flowers for something like this, when you have no limits or restrictions from a client! Tell us a bit about your thought process behind your floral recipes for the different pieces you created.

THE FLOWERS – cue lots of squeals! We had such amazing product to work with for the workshop! Spring is one of our favorite seasons for flowers and we wanted to honor the season in each of our designs. We really believe that each design should be an artistic and dynamic expression, which means incorporating both light and dark tones, large focal blooms and soft, small spring blossoms, and lots of textural elements. We had a beautiful range of purple, mauve, sandy brown, peach, cream and white. We always want someone that is viewing an arrangement to be able to enjoy the visual journey so we are thoughtful about the way color moves across an arrangement.

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

Do you have any plans to host more workshops in the future? 

We do! We had such a blast hosting and teaching the Sentient workshop that we are planning to do another in the fall. Fall florals offer a completely different palette and mood and we can’t wait to have another opportunity to teach other designers. Stay tuned!

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

And lastly, what would you say to designers that are interested in taking a workshop but are trying to decide if it’s worth the investment?    

Workshops are a big investment and one to be taken seriously. We believe that becuase floral design is truly an art form, that as designers, we need to constantly be inspired, moved, and learning more about this medium of art.  The goal is that each attendee walks away not only with some beautiful images for their portfolio, but also with a renewed sense of energy, inspiration, and confidence in their work. And, of course, the sense of community and support that is built between all the designers cannot be beat!

 

Sentient Floral Workshop-Carrie King Photographer

 

For more workshop goodness, head on over to our Instagram to see the rest of the images!

 


 

COLLABORATORS:

@carriekingphotographer (all images above)
@sweetcarolinestyles
@angelineloren.beauty
@yonder_house

@latavola
@creative.candles

@denverphotocollective

 

 

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