The Little Branch Flower Class

What Superbowl Sunday?! Yesterday was the very first in a monthly series of floral design workshops with The Little Branch, and I had a blast! We made an asymetrical, garden style bowl based arrangement in foam, with pretty flowers in shades of purple, silver, white and green.   The studio space that The Little Branch rented was really cute – beginning from the entry:

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But when I walked inside and this was the first thing I saw, I knew it was going to be a great class!

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Meg and Annie’s goal with these classes is to fill a niche that is sort of empty in LA – regular floral design classes for people who range from semi-serious hobbyists to budding professionals.   I think these classes did indeed do a great job of filling that niche – the arrangement we made was a really specific technique, not too basic, but also not above any of our heads.   Most of the students were wedding planners who wanted to have some floral design skills to offer, brides or friends preparing for an upcoming DIY wedding, or people like me who are just starting to do small weddings and events on their own.

Here is Meg walking us through all of the flowers we’ll be using in our arrangement- which were

  • Baby Burgundy Artichokes
  • Varigated Pittosporum
  • Lavender Fuji Mums
  • White Majolika Spray Roses
  • Chocolate Geranium
  • Silver Brunia
  • Ocean’s Song Roses
  • Purple Anemone
  • Dusty Miller
  • Blush Wax Flower

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Our piles ; ) I love that each included a mimosa:

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little branch floral design class wedding flowers diy los angeles floret cadetWe all started by trimming and securing our foam:

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And then we added the outermost shape of the arrangement with sprigs of variegated pittosporum, added our single chocolate artichoke, and greened it up with smaller pieces of pittosporum:

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Then we added our “money flowers” – the roses and mums, and began to surround them with the accents and fillers.

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Almost done! We added the geranium leaves second to last to let them poke out really whimsically and naturally:

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In every floral design class I’ve ever taken I’ve learned one really handy little trick – and in this class, it was that you can use rose stems to support softer stems in foam, rather than buying the wood picks for the purpose.  Saves money and isn’t wasteful:

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Meg’s lovely (almost) finished arrangement!

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And Megan’s really finished arrangement – once the anemones had been added:

And one of my favorite student arrangements – ours were all a little different, and they all turned out great!

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Here are some cool detail shots of my finished arrangement – love these closeups!

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Anyhow, Annie and Meg are teaching these on a monthly basis, and the next is March 25 – there is a noon class and a 4:00 pm class that day and I’m excited to play with succulents! More info is here – hope to see some of you in that class as well!

 

February 10, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Ashley - Great wrap up of an awesome class! I’ll be back in march.. will you?

Ash

February 10, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Kate - Yep, I think I am going to take the 4:00 class that day – hope to see you there!

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