Posts Tagged “Floral Design”

Floral Design Elements: Flower Crowns with Jerome Raska

how-to flower crown

In this edition of his Mayesh Design Star Series, Jerome Raska shows us how to make floral crowns. These crowns are wildly popular in wedding work and for summer festivals.

Featured product: Ivy, rosemary, delphinium, hypericum and hanging amaranthus.

Materials: bullion wire and cold glue.



Floral Design Elements: Utilizing Stems with Shawn

flower stem floral design
In this edition of his Design Star series, Shawn shows us how to get more bang for our buck by using discarded stems in design work. Not only can you make a sturdy armature with interesting texture, but you can also add architectural lines as well to make your floral designs more modern. In addition, Shawn demonstrates how to make a rope out of inexpensive greens to weave throughout designs to really set them apart from the rest!



Floral Design Elements: Cascading Bridal Bouquet with Jerome

In this installment of his Design Star Series, Jerome Raska brings us back to the traditional cascading bouquet with elevated style and an impeccable choice of product including succulents, ivy, and ranunculus. Also, David Austin roses are added to not only add luscious beauty but a wonderful fragrance to match.

Featured product: Ivy, red peonies, red ranunculus, pink ranunculus, David Austin rose Charity Auswater, David Austin rose Miranda, succulents, and lycopodium.

Materials: Caged foam bouquet holder and aluminum flat wire.

Flower Hack: Green Eye Roses

Green eye rose flower hack


Congratulations, you’ve made it through the busiest day of the year! While you’re probably all in recovery mode, we thought we’d share a fun tip that was passed along to us by a customer.

Stephanie Prenatt of FH Weddings & Events in Tampa, FL had a bride who was set on having the garden rose “Green Eye” in her wedding. Unfortunately, it is no longer available due to low productivity, but Stephanie found a unique solution to give her bride what she wanted! She combined the garden rose “Patience” with a bit of green Dianthus, and violà, a DIY Green Eye garden rose.

Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

Floral Design Elements: Structured Garden Style with Shawn Michael Foley

Floral Design Elements: Structured Garden Style with Shawn Michael   

In the first video of his Mayesh Design Star series, Shawn Micheal Foley creates a garden style arrangement with a strong structure, a modern line and a soft focal point. This type of design is perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday!

Featured product: Red Heart roses, black ranunculus, agonis foliage, seeded eucalyptus, black magic roses, burgundy anemones,  rose hips and astrantia.

Materials: Oasis MaxLife foam and vintage black amethyst glass wear.

Floral Design Elements with Jerome Raska: Designing With Bulb Flowers

Floral Design Elements with Jerome Raska: Designing With Bulb Flowers

Happy New Year!! We are kicking off 2016 with our new Mayesh Design Stars – Jermone Raska and Shawn Michael Foley. We are super excited to share with you our fourth year of floral design videos with the guys alternating months and up first is Jerome.

In the first installment of his Design Star series, Jerome uses tulips on the bulb along with other natural materials to create a floral design that brings nature into your home.

Featured product: Mossy Branches, bulb tulips, birch branch, moss and angel vine.

Materials: Ceramic container, duct tape, floral foam, glue pan, wooden floral picks, and paper covered bind wire.

TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers

TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers


About 200 event professionals gathered for The Special Event Leadership Lunch on January 8th at The Ranch.  Jerome Raska AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CAFA, CF and J. Robbin Yelverton AIFD, AAF, CF, PFCI of Blumz… by JRDesigns headed up the design and being a great customer of our Detroit/Romulus branch asked us to sponsor the flowers.  We asked the design duo about their inspiration for the event and this is what they had to say:


“ Inspiration…it was a combination of both the venue and the keynote speaker.   The venue, The Ranch, has a very strong “western saloon” feel. The Speaker was a military veteran who lost his leg while serving in the Middle East.  So the look was decidedly masculine, western, organic, rugged and textural.  The linens selected were very earthy in greens, browns and taupes.  Floral product colors were white/cream, green, and a hint of darker red.  The use of the various mosses, bark, stones and succulents added depth to the composition.   The function was also a luncheon so designs were kept lower and not so over the top.  However, the unique floral products such as bromeliad bloom, protea, and artichoke gave an exotic feel while the roses and orchids lent elegance.”


We ran over before the lunch began to snap some photos to share with you – enjoy!


TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event FlowersTSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers TSE2015: Leadership Lunch Event Flowers


The 2015 Mayesh Design Star Is…

2015 Mayesh Design Star

First I want to thank Patience, Beth and Tony for all of their hard work this past year! Starting off with a whirlwind shooting schedule and then working to promote your videos, we are so thankful for having the opportunity to work with such great professionals! I know you all have been anxiously awaiting the results.

With that said, our 2015 Mayesh Design Star is Beth O’Reilly AIFD!! Congratulations Beth!

For being selected, Beth’s grand prize consists of:

  • Floral industry related trip that includes: air, transportation, and hotel accommodations for two (2) for multiple days & nights depending on show/workshop. Prize value will be up to $4000.
  • 2015 video series host
  • Videos created and hosted by winning host designer will be posted on dedicated page on
  • Winning designer host will have a bio page on
  • Monthly promotion of video via e-blast, blog, and social media
  • Link to winners website

Patience and Tony – it was a pleasure working with you both and thank you a million times over for all that you gave!

I know Beth has a bunch of ideas for next year, but we want to hear from you … is there anything you would love to see in Beth’s videos next year? Share with us in your comments below!  And don’t forget, if you want to watch all of the videos from this past year, you can find them here

Floral Perspective: Modern Thanksgiving Design with Jodi Duncan AIFD

You have had 9 months to figure out if you are #TeamPatience, #TeamBeth, or #TeamTony.  With so many fabulous floral design videos, who do you think will be our next Mayesh Design Star?  We are crunching the numbers now and will reveal the winner very soon.  Stay tuned!!

To hold you over and since we missed Jodi Duncan, we invited her back for our November edition of the Floral Perspective series. Last year Jodi showed us an abundance of Thanksgiving goodness. This year she has taken a more sleek and modern approach. This design is simple yet sophisticated and packs a lot of punch and is perfect for dressing any holiday table.

Featured product: Flame calla lilies, wheat and pincushion protea.

Hard goods: Modern container from UCI, Oasis UGlu strips, Oasis silver metallic wire, Lehner Wolle³ flower wool and UCI gems.


2014 Mayesh Floral Fantasy Contest Winners

2014 Mayesh Floral Fantasy


Early September, we announced our Mayesh Floral Fantasy Contest, awarding one lucky and creative customer the opportunity to design anything they wanted and a trip for two to Las Vegas for our Art in Full Bloom benefit!  We had no idea how well received our new contest would be, but it was surrounded by much excitement.  Due to our customers getting excited to participate, we thought it would be fun to open an internal contest to our Mayesh staff as well as we have many creative designers throughout our company.  Both sets of entries were amazing with so many brilliant design ideas submitted.  Choosing was difficult and the winners debated, but we are all excited to finally reveal our 2 Floral Fantasy winners – Korie Mulleadyand Noralyn Romak!!  Congratulations!  Read on to get the details of Korie’s and Nora’s fantasy designs as submitted to Mayesh!


Korie Mulleady, of The Enchanted Florist in Orange, California

2014 Mayesh Floral Fantasy Winner


I wouldn’t be surprised if, while looking at this rendering, you thought to yourself, “What is that?”

First of all, let me assure you that my floral design skills are far superior to my drawing skills.

What you’re looking at is a wall made up of half cinder blocks. With the center of the wall being composed of blocks of standard floral foam painted to look like brick. This part of the wall has been covered with graffiti. All of the words on the wall are things that someone who has been a victim of domestic violence would have experienced. Surrounding it will be my part of the design which is done on the cinder blocks. At the base of the wall will be wheat grass (or a moss runner) covered with white, cream, or pastel flowers. I would like to invite the attendees of the event to use those flowers to transform the “brick” part of the wall. The flowers on the ground will already be cut short and the attendees can pick them up and press them into the floral foam – completing the rest of the design.

The unique aspect of my design is that the finished product won’t be entirely my creation. It won’t be complete until the guests help cover the graffiti on the wall. This allows attendees to do more than admire a beautiful piece. It gives them the opportunity to experience the flowers for themselves and share in the design process.
I also love the way this design relates back the theme of the evening. Seeing the awful words on the wall might be startling to people but it is a reminder of why we are there. In the end, with the help of the guests, the transformation of the wall is complete and the ugliness that was once there is replaced by beauty. Similarly their donations to Safe Nest help transform the lives of those who are victims of domestic violence.

The wall itself is made up of 96 half cinder blocks and measures 81” (6’9”) in length and 65” (5’4”) high and 2’6”deep. Currently I have this design as being viewed from both sides. A portion of the wall has been set up in the back of my store for about a week now just to make sure it will go as planned.

I am a second generation florist who had to walk to the shop after school and vowed never to work in the industry. Seven years ago I broke my hip in a horseback riding accident and haven’t left the shop since! This contest is an amazing opportunity and I thank you for considering my design for the Floral Fantasy competition.


Noralyn Romak of our Detroit branch

2014 Mayesh Floral Fantasy Winner


The accumulation of my ideas fall into the floral fashion category.  I think Mother Nature embodies the beauty she creates from the stem to the bloom, the moss to the mushroom and the branch to the leaf. She is one with what she creates & wears it well.

The foundation for the bodice is constructed using duct tape and a t-shirt. Which is then set upon the under skirt structure comprised of bound branching. Burlap is then draped around the sides & down the back creating a train. The bodice will be covered in woven grass & foliage with a floral collar draping along the top around the arms. The burlap skirting will be covered with flower groupings, foliage mosses and other natural items. Ideally a crown would also be made of similar products and a branch scepter.

Flowers could include ocean song roses, precious moments garden roses, spray roses, kale, moss assortment, curly willow, sponge mushrooms (or others available), pods (scabiosa, nigella..),green ball dianthus, eucalyptus assortment, fern curls, fern assortment (davalia, myerii, flat, plumosus..), woodwardia, chocolate lace, purple ranuculus, amaranthus upright & hanging, waxflower, magical thistle, gomphrena,flowering artichokes, veronica, larkspur, green banksia, berzelia, leucadendron, agonis, black privet/blue berried viburnum, scotch broom (not flowering), aussie greens, rosehips, lotus pods, assorted grasses (xl bear, lily grass…) sorghum, green millet, sedum, nandina, green wheat, black ti leaves, agonis, and robellini.
Korie and Nora, we will see you in Vegas!


Go Top