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Mayesh Design Star: Florist Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Mayesh Design Star: Florist Tips, Tricks and Hacks

 

Through the years, Kaylee Young, has collected many florist tips, tricks and hacks that she wanted to share for this month’s video. Starting with some tools that she always keeps in her bag, here are her top picks: floral clippers, Oasis cold glue, liners, 3M Command Hooks, zip ties, and a spray bottle. Other than your go-to tools like florist tape, knife, and wire, what are your favorite florist tools and hacks that you like to have on hand for your events?

Keep on scrolling for the product links and be sure to watch to the very end of this video for some other “hacks” from Kaylee that includes what to do with all of those leftover centerpieces.


 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photo: Anna Lord

 

LINKS

Branch cutter/clippers: https://oasisfloralproducts.com/e2wItemMain.aspx?parentId=102438&parentLink=2100001003:3100002970:3100002840

Floral Adhesive: https://oasisfloralproducts.com/e2wItemMain.aspx?parentId=73172&parentLink=2100001003:3100002970:3100002892:3100002867

Liners: https://www.syndicatesales.com/SSI_Catalog?searchText=liner

3M Command Hooks: https://www.amazon.com/Command-Utility-pounds-Decorate-Damage-Free/dp/B000M3V8XI

Zip ties: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=100+count+zip+ties&rh=n%3A228013%2Ck%3A100+count+zip+ties

Spray bottle: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_1_15?url=search-alias%3Dlawngarden&field-keywords=plant+spray+bottle&rh=n%3A2972638011%2Ck%3Aplant+spray+bottle

Mornings With Mayesh: September 2018

Mornings with Mayesh: September 2018

In September’s Mornings with Mayesh, Shelley, Dave & Yvonne cover a wide array of floral questions. They started the morning with Shelley and Dave talking about some of the beautiful products that are currently available. Afterward, they answered some audience questions that range from preservatives for flowers and flower coolers to wedding flower packages & more. Yvonne rounded out the show by announcing our 2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong!! Be sure to watch until the end to get to know Shean in a quick Q & A — it’s going to an amazing 2019!

Here is the podcast replay, video, and show notes:

 

 

SHOW NOTES

 

WORLD OF FLOWERS

  • Shelley/Dave – can you guys select a few pretty flowers to show off?
  • From Gaye: Where can we find a list of what flowers are available in each month?
  • From Suzanne:  I’m having more and more calls for gold roses. Would like more info on varieties and best farms that have long time availability.
    • There are only a few varieties of gold roses being grown and since they are treated as a “seasonal fall color” most rose growers don’t have a lot of real estate planted in this palette. There are a few great gold varieties in varying gradients of color saturation such as Cappuccino, Caramel Antike, Camel, Combo, Golden Mustard & Toffee BUT these are all difficult to get in big quantities especially for large events. That being said, we may need to piecemeal your orders together using different varieties from different sources. Best advice is to be flexible and supplement by offsetting your arrangements with other flowers in your seasonal color.

 

FLOWER CARE

  • From Joy: How do you keep the snapdragons from bending?
    • Snapdragons are both phototropic (this means they will bend towards a light source) and geotropic (meaning they want to bend away from the center of gravity in the earth). you can get them to straighten by using your favorite flower food, hydrating them standing up as straight as possible in a bucket placed directly under a light source.
    • You can also tip them out. Also, do not lay them down while working with them …as Dave says keep them upright.
  • From Hannah: What flower preservatives do you recommend?
    • Floralife & Chrysal are just a couple of big brand names that work great. It is also very important to know your type of flower. Most cut annuals and foliages can take any brand of standard floral solution BUT most perennial or bulb flowers need a floral solution intended to replace the hormones they are no longer receiving from their bulbs. Properly nourished flowers not only last longer but also look better.
  • From Darlene:  Is there a secret to keeping stock fresh?
    • Changing your water daily & re-cutting stems will keep stock fresher longer. Most floral foods already have a fungicide in them already BUT You can add a couple drops of bleach to help with problem flowers like stock. Bacteria on flower stems can grow out of control in buckets & will cause shorter flower life & foul smelling water. It is good practice to frequently change your floral solution & re-cut ALL flowers to keep bacteria levels down.
  • From Valerie: Is warm water better for most flowers when processing would you say? Than colder?
    • Best practice is always to process flowers in a hydrating solution with a temperature as close to your flowers as possible. The safest way is to prepare your buckets of floral solution the day before and keep them overnight in your cooler. When you receive your flowers, allow them to chill in your cooler for an hour or two before processing them. This way the floral solution & the flowers are at roughly the same temperature. This will cause the least amount of stress on your flowers. Conversely, you can do the same at room temperature instead BUT the cold on cold method is my favorite. When processing roses, you can leave them in their cardboard sleeves from a few hours UP TO overnight in the floral solution after cutting them. This ensures the neck of the stem just under the flower head hydrates properly, firms up & prevents head droop. If your intention is to open your flowers quickly, try using a product like Chrysal easy dip which is a  quick hydrating solution intended to speed the uptake of hydrating solutions.
  • From Valerie: Does Mayesh have any blog post or cheat sheet on processing? If not would be a great resource much like your flower availability pdf?
    • Here is some great information I got from a friend at Chrysal USA a couple years ago:
      • Never use softened water. The high salt content is deadly to flowers and potted plants
      • For some blooms, bottled or distilled water (not tap water) is the best choice.
      • Tap water contains minerals and salts that may cause “pepper spots” on petals
      • Avoid dripping on petals. Allow moisture to evaporate before placing blooms in cooler. Even a microlayer of condensation is sufficient for Botrytis spores to start germinating.
      • Keep cooler floors clean and dry. This is another place botrytis can occur and spread.
      • Clean water, clean containers, clean tools are important when preparing solutions.
      • Follow label mixing instructions–Don’t guess about the dose.
      • Under-dosing gives poor results (bacteria soup) which wastes time & money.
      • Hydration formulas are sugar-free because sugar introduced too early in the system sometimes slows uptake of solution later and can stimulate premature leaf yellowing.
      • Research proves that if only one segment of the chain uses some post-harvest treatment, longevity is still better than using no treatments at all.
      • Most cut flowers are happiest stored between 34 – 38F with the exception of tropical flowers and orchids.
      • For more information and some specific flower examples please stay tuned for our upcoming flower care guide.

 

FLOWER BUSINESS

  • From Eva: I always have customers ask for my wedding packages with pricing but I have been hesitant to provide that since each individual wedding is so unique. What information can I give to a client at the very beginning that gives them an idea of my pricing?
    • Aside from listing your “minimum” on your website, it’s usually a good Idea to have a questionnaire on your website that can help you find out a little more about your bride. Once you move forward to the phone interview you can decide if they are a right fit for you. I addressed this pretty well in our last Mornings with Mayesh if you want to go back and take a look at my thoughts on pricing.
    • I find that most customers who are looking for “packages” are usually more interested in price than design or your work. Back in the day, a few florists would offer a bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaids bouquets and a set number of bouts and corsages for a one budget price. You can handle this a couple of ways. Either by simply saying that you do not offer packages because your work is bespoke and tailored to each bride’S individual aesthetic or simply offer your own unique version of a package with certain guidelines in mind. “I will do this, with seasonal flowers, in your color palette and in this look for X amount of dollars.” Give them 2-3 options. If you want to work with smaller budget brides and/or possibly farm that out to one of your JR designers. Then they could order items a la carte to fit their needs. And be somewhat firm about your guidelines.  I find that most brides end up busting out of the” package mode” of thinking once they sit down and interview with you and find out what a talented creative you are.
  • From Joanne: I met a designer who is selling her cooler for $1800. The dimensions are 8×8 and it’s a walk in. However, I was told I could purchase a CoolBot and that would work just as well. What are your thoughts?
    • We have a lot of customers who use the CoolBot and I have heard nothing but good things about the system. They are cost effective and apparently better for the environment as that don’t use the same forced cooling than traditional coolers use. It basically attaches to any air conditioner. There are some downsides. For example, they take longer to cool and are not as effective if you open the door to your insulated room more than 6 times per hour. You can find out more about them on the company’s website www.storeitcold.com
  • From Hannah: If you are just starting out with a studio doing flowers for events- at what point do you recommend getting a commercial refrigerator?
    • Hi Hannah, I think it’s always a good idea to get a cooler or possibly a CoolBot (see above) right when you start your business. It should be part of the investment that you make when beginning your business. You can start smaller with a commercial beverage cooler if you can’t afford to go all out but it is important to properly store your flowers. Having a cooler really alleviates the stress of trying to keep your flowers cool during our hottest months of the year. Not sure where you are located but It used to be here in California most florists could get away without one, but as we are seeing more climate change and hotter than ever temperatures year round… it’s a sound investment. I do like the CoolBot because it is more eco-friendly than running a traditional cooler. You have to build an insulated room but I think the cost is less than a traditional cooler, which isn’t always easy to find.

 

 

MARKETING NEWS: MAYESH DESIGN STAR INTERVIEW WITH SHEAN STRONG

Announce the 2019 Mayesh Design Star! Watch the segment here.

2019 Mayesh Design Star Announcement

2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong

 

It’s mid-September, which means one thing in our world … it is time to announce our newest Mayesh Design Star! My team got together to figure out how we are going to shake things up and this time we decided that we were going to observe & select. Meaning, we were paying attention to designers who are active in our community using social media – posts, blogs, live videos, etc. In other words, we did a bit of cyber-stalking. Our method is a bit unconventional, but we are so excited to be working with this designer.

I am pleased to announce that our 2019 Mayesh Design Star is Shean Strong! He is incredibly talented, has a passion for education, and embodies charming charisma that you will get to experience through his videos and workshops.

As usual, we have big plans and are crazy excited about collaborating with Shean. Be sure to stay tuned as we will be announcing our 2019 flower workshop tour plan very soon!

Congratulations Shean!!

We made our first official announcement live on today’s Mornings with Mayesh. So I edited it down to just the part with his interview. Get to know Shean better by watching the video reply here and share your thoughts in the comments below:

 

 

Interview questions:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself and background, and how you found yourself as a floral designer?
  • What is it about teaching & education that you love so much / are so passionate about?
  • What are you most excited about for the next year as our Mayesh Design Star?
  • Without giving too much away, can you talk a little bit about what you hope our future workshop attendees will gain and take away from your classes?
  • If you could be any flower, which one would you be and why?
  • Now just tell us something fun about yourself, unrelated to flowers!

 

Photo: Shauna Veasey Photography

 

P.S. If you want a piece of the 2020 Mayesh Design Star pie, then get on our radar. Contact me, let us know where to find you on the interwebs, tag us in your posts, invite us to watch your live videos, etc. We want to get to know you and learn about what you are passionate about. Good luck!

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

 

In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Kaylee takes us through her creative process and how she brings her bride’s wedding flower vision to life. From the first client meeting to the final design, Kaylee believes it is her goal to make their dreams a reality and reflect each couple and their unique personalities.

Kaylee uses a real-life wedding while reviewing the different elements that she takes into consideration when coming up with a design plan for her clients. The process includes getting to know her clients on a more personal basis, creating a proposal, and putting together a mood board! The results for Kaylee is knowing that her clients have a great understanding of the shared vision, building trust, and having a happy wedding couple at the end of their special day!

 


 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Chantel Marie

 

 

 


 


Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

 

 

Mayesh Design Star Charleston Workshop Recap

 

The year is flying by, and although we have only one workshop left in our 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series, we still have our past three workshops to recap!

 

First up: CHARLESTON

 

Our May Charleston workshop was just featured on Botanical Brouhaha, but there are so many more beautiful photos we just had to share.

The workshop was held at The Cedar Room, a dreamy venue located in Charleston’s historic Cigar Factory. With white washed brick walls, tall windows and as much natural light as you could possibly hope for, this venue was more than perfect for our spring inspired workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

As with our Miami workshop, we started the workshop Monday evening with a networking event. The students enjoyed appetizers and wine while meeting one another and watching presentations from Ryan O’Neil of Curate & Jodi Duncan for Design Master. Following their educational presentations, Kaylee discussed the important role mood boards play in her design process, and had each student create their own as a way to help define their style. Everyone – the Mayesh team included! – then went around and wrote a descriptive word next to each mood board, leaving each student with a long list of words to help articulate their style in five words. This exercise was a great way to get the students thinking about their unique styles and coming into day two with more intention.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

Day two was all about design. Kaylee and her assistant Jamie led the students in a group installation activity. When the students arrived, the ceremony was set up with a simple, bare arch and two large urn arrangements to show one option for a ceremony set up. Then, as a class they created the second ceremony option: a lush floral arch and aisleway installation using spirea, garden roses and peonies.

Following the installation, Kaylee demonstrated how she creates her signature bridal bouquets. The students then designed their own bouquets, finished off with gorgeous silk ribbon from Adorn Company and photographed with local model Hilary Rose.

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Ribbon: Adorn
Model: Hilary Rose
Dress: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
HMUA: Pampered & Pretty

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more and reserve your spot in our LAST workshop of the year in Salt Lake City, click here!

 

Mayesh Design Star: How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

 

In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Kaylee Young teaches you how she creates a floating, cloud-like baby’s breath installation for a whimsical wedding reception.

 


 

Featured flowers: baby’s breath

Supplies: Clippers, wire cutters, scissors, fishing line, Oasis wire netting (chicken wire), Oasis caged bricks, Oasis non-caged bricks, Lomey dishes

 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Chantel Marie

 

 


 

 

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

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Mayesh Design Star Miami Workshop Recap

 

As we gear up for our third workshop of the year in Seattle, we’re taking a look back on our first workshop this past January in Miami! Now that it has officially been published on Botanical Brouhaha, we’re excited to share some more of the beautiful photos and video to give you a look into what our Curate & Create Workshop Tour with Kaylee Young really looks like.

Our Miami workshop was held at 255 Studio, a photography studio in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District that provided the perfect blank canvas for Kaylee to work with.

 


 

VIDEO

 

DAY ONE

 

The workshop kicked off with an evening networking event. Two of our product sponsors (Hosa & Alexandra Farms) stopped by to talk about their products while the students ate delicious appetizers from Food Guy Catering. Then Kaylee led the class in a mood boarding activity in an effort to help the students define their own, unique design styles and come into the next day with intention.

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

The second day of the workshop focused on design. Kaylee walked the students through her entire process from order curation to design. The students were then given the opportunity to create their own centerpieces using the most amazing product from our sponsors.

The last piece of the workshop was a group installation, led by Kaylee and her design assistant, Jamie Heusser. Together they created a chuppah and aisleway installation with a variety of foliages and garden roses.

 

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Videography: Talewind Visuals
Venue: 255 Miami Studio
Rentals: Elements & AccentsLavish Event Rentals
Catering: Food Guy Catering

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more about our workshops and reserve your spot in one of the remaining three (Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake City), click here!

 

Mayesh Design Star: Making & Pinning a Boutonniere

Making & Pinning a Boutonniere

In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Kaylee Young teaches you how she creates small boutonnieres and how she likes to pin them on. Her goal is to create a fresh, fun and lightweight floral design perfect for your male clients using an assortment of small textural products.

For more details & pictures:

Featured flowers: spray rose, hellebore, sweet pea, and grasses.

Supplies: Clippers or knife, Oasis Floratape Stem Wrap, and a pin.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Chantel Marie
Model: Landon Young

 

 

Mayesh Design Star: Styling A Cake

 

Utilizing small and delicate flowers, Kaylee Young demonstrates how she likes to style a cake featuring double tulips, sage, and a beautiful cake from Brandy’s All City Sweets. Kaylee’s goal is to enhance the beauty of the cake, not overwhelm it, by incorporating an asymmetrical and airy style.

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Flower Sponsor: Tuning
Cake: Brandy’s All City Sweets
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography

 

After watching the video, keep scrolling for all of the gorgeous pictures – perfect for pinning!

Note: If you are concerned about the flower stems in the frosting, you can use edible flowers, flowers that aren’t sprayed with chemicals, use water tubes, or you can wrap the stems with Floratape Stem Wrap and then cut straws to insert the stems as well.

 

 

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Interview with Holly Chapple

 

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we’re so excited to announce that Holly Chapple will be joining us in Quito next year for our Mayesh Design Star International Experience! With twenty-five years of experience, Holly is a wealth of knowledge from both a design and business standpoint, and we can’t wait to share that knowledge with all of our attendees.

 

We caught up with Holly to ask her a few questions about herself and her journey in the industry!

 

 


 

 

Let’s start off simple – tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in the flower industry? (Or maybe that’s not such simple question!)

I am a floral and event designer in Leesburg, Virginia, I am a mom of seven and run my business from home so that I can tend to the things happening in our family and at our house.  My parents owned and operated a garden center/produce market all of my life. We grew much of the product we sold. My father taught me how to make garlands, centerpieces, wreaths, and kissing balls so that I could help with the designing during holiday periods.  As kids, we spent our summers on the back of a truck selling produce or in the fields growing mums. When I married my husband and I landed on a property full of lilac, viburnum, peony, and hydrangea. Designing was a natural progression for me and it became the way I would support my family.

 

 

You have become so much more than a floral designer… can you talk about The Chapel Designers and what inspired you to start this network of floral designers?

This was a result of social media, I had been blogging daily for my blog, The Full Bouquet. This was 9.5 years ago, at the time very few designers were using this forum. Other small businesses began bonding with our studio because we were facing the same issues. Chapel Designers grew organically and out of need.  Today this organization brings so much support to its members, its all about a community of like-minded professionals but now we are family!!

 

 

Your husband is a big part of your business now too! How is it working so closely together? 

This quite frankly is often very hard. Evan is very black and white, the world of design is not. He tries so hard to bring balance and continuity to our team, but as all designers know at any moment an order can come in and we are all of a sudden up to our eyeballs in chaos; obviously, procurement of stems also causes chaos and lack of balance. However, his need for balance and organization makes so much of our company run beautifully. Evan handles the financials and the payroll thank goodness, but explaining to him why I had to source a precious out-of-season stem is not easy. Evan is also very much into growing and building, therefore his role of taking care of the farm is essential. He loves to enhance and advance the property. Since the farm is our greatest investment it really needs a fabulous caretaker.

 

 

What is your design philosophy? 

I love designs that are loose and airy, that shows a wide range of textures and colors. Full and lush!! For a great example, be sure to check out my Mayesh Pull Challenge!

 

 

Photo by Katie Stoops

 

How about business?

In it to win it. It’s important to me that the business is always moving forward. I know that as long as I am in business I need to keep advancing. I am always thinking of new revenue streams, this is one of my strongest business skills.

 

You have your hands in a lot of different facets of the industry, but what is the one part about it that brings you the most joy?

The love of flowers and people. It has become very clear to me that I love people as much as I love flowers.

 

I know choosing just one favorite flower is tough, but can you do it?? And if not, what are your favorite varieties right now?

NO chance, but Lilac will always be special to me as I started selling bouquets of lilac from my garden.

 

What wisdom would you impart upon any newcomers in the industry, just starting out in a small studio or shop?

This is a career for those that can’t help themselves, for those that are passionate about flowers. This is not a job for someone that thinks flowering is easy or fun. Most people do not realize the amount of physical or manual work involved.

 

What are you most looking forward to about our time in Quito, Ecuador?

Seeing the flowers and meeting new friends. FLOWERS & PEOPLE

 

Hope Flower Farm 

 

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