There is so much to love about this tale of two flower shops in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. One caters to the area’s Hasidic Jewish population (factoid I learned: most Hasidic men buy flowers for their wife every Friday for the Sabbath. I think all men, regardless of religion should embrace this!) while the other caters to the neighborhood’s growing “hipster” population. What ties the two shops together? They’re both pushing the boundaries of what a bouquet “should” be. This is an idea the Garden embraces in many of our Floral Design classes, and I wish both shops many years of continued success! ~AR
In case you couldn’t tell, the title of this painting says it all:
A still life of an ornamented stoneware jug holding a bouquet of roses and lilacs, with a wreath of many smaller flowers, including roses, carnations, cyclamen, narcissi, forget-me-nots and love-in-a-mist, lying on a table
Gorgeous! So unusual to see cyclamen being used as a cut flower.
Sure, the Orchid Dinner is all about absolutely showstopping, take-your-breath-away centerpieces, but Stacey from the uber-fashionable blog Quintessence reminds us that sometimes the devil (or perhaps more rightly the divinity) is in the details!
The photographs in David Lachapelle's latest series 'Earth Laughs in Flowers,’ about to go on display at the Fred Torres Gallery in Chelsea beginning February 23, cast the traditional art of floral arranging in a whole new light. At first, they look like traditional Flemish still life paintings, but look a little closer, and a little closer still. Disturbing, engrossing, and freakishly beautiful, I can’t wait to see them in their full, overwhelming glory.~AR
via Design Boom.
Grace Bonney introduces us to a talented new Brooklyn florist on Design*Sponge: Ariel Dearie. The flower and plant combinations she uses are really unusual. Check out the full post for larger pictures of these pretty little arrangements.
Sarah and Nicolette, the floral virtuosi behind the Little Flower School and popular NYBG instructors, are featured in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. But that’s not all. As an added bonus, Martha Stewart’s At Home in the Garden blog did a Q&A with some of the students featured in the spread (who just happen to be some of our very favorite bloggers!). Check out the beautiful floral arrangements that these ladies were able to create after just one class, and you’ll probably feel inspired too.
So, I guess it’s a very good thing that we have a class in Manhattan coming up with these very talented ladies! On February 21 at our Midtown Center, Sarah and Nicolette will be teaching a class all about one of the most beautiful, alluring, dare I say … Victorian, of winter flowers, the anemone. The class will teach basic floral arranging techniques culminating in an opulent display to take home that may also include dainty ranunculus, daring amaryllis, and cheery citrus. Sign-up soon though. Space is limited, and going fast. I think you can see why! ~AR
Another dispatch from the floral design wilds of Brooklyn! Inspired? There are still some spots left in our classes with the ladies from the Little Flower School!