Wine Tasting & Flower Arranging
Who doesn't love a beautiful flower arrangement to adorn their dining room table at a special occasion or a gathering of friends? One of my favorite reasons for growing & designing florals is in sharing the beauty with loved ones and community, but it's also for the creative outlet & expression of art.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of pairing up with our neighbors, Apolloni Vineyards, for two days of wine tasting & flower arranging at their beautiful vineyard & tasting room just down the road. For those of you who weren't able to make it, I thought it might be nice to share with you some of the key tips I presented during my flower arranging demos.
When it comes to flower arranging, my personal style is that of a romantic garden – something that feels hand-gathered, organic, and storybook-esque. Whatever your style, flower arranging can be a wonderful way to express creativity, get into your flow, and be present in the moment.
One of my favorite aspects of putting an arrangement together includes the "before" step: foraging & harvesting. Whoever you are, wherever you live, there are always interesting ways to forage your own plants – even if it's just in your neighborhood. I encourage you to go out and look at the nature surrounding you, what calls to you? You don't necessarily need access to amazing blooms. Sometimes the ingredients are as simple as branches from a tree or shrub & ornamental grasses or "weeds". Whatever you're called to, getting out into nature and picking your own plants is a truly inspiring step in the process.
For these arrangements, I harvested almost all of my own greenery, grass, & filler.
1. First, I created a tape grid with clear tape across the top of my vessels.
2. Next, I began placing greenery along the rim of the vessel, creating the foundation for my arrangement. I don't do this carefully or meticulously – I enjoy the "messy" beauty of greenery spilling out organically. The more textures in this step, the better.
3. As I go, I always fresh cut each stem and remove any foliage that will hit below the water line.
4. After I create a base layer of greenery, I start adding a few bunches of small filler-flowers.
While arranging, I think about what nature really looks like – it doesn't grow in a perfectly symmetrical form. In a forest, you have the forest floor, bigger shrubs and grasses, and then taller trees. There are different tiers, if you will, as well as imperfect structures and layers.
5. Now I start to add in a few bigger blooms, thinking about my color palette and the way I'd like color to flow through the arrangement. Where does your eye naturally travel?
There is no "right way" – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So have fun with this! Don't be afraid to add a bold pop of color, or stick with different shades of the same color.
Remember to spin the arrangement as you go, seeing it from all sides. There is no "front" or "back" to an arrangement.
6. Lastly, I move my arrangement to a new location or surface and take a step back. It's good to shift perspective and see what areas are calling for more or less. This is when I will add more greenery, filler, or small flowers to the areas that seem to feel too empty.
It's important to note that sometimes less is more. Don't feel the need to cram in too many things. I like to give each bloom some space to breathe.
Arranging flowers in your home shouldn't be stressful. Use this time to feel creative, romantic, & nostalgic. Try not to be critical of yourself or of your arrangement, as it is a beautiful reflection of something inside of you.