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What is a floral forager?

I stumbled across a really interesting article on a book coming out this spring called the 50 Mile Bouquet. It is a book that introduces the readers to inspiring floral designers, farmers and interesting visionaries in the botanical world.

Debra Prinzing and her husband David Perry have been travelling and doing lots of research and are excited to announce their books’ availability this April. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

I’m so excited to get this book and see all the amazing people who are breaking traditional stigmas attached to the floral industry. There are ways to look at the floral industry in a sustainable and thoughtful manner. Flowers and plant design which inherently is beautiful can be even more so when cultivated in an environmental and social manner.

Debra shares a quick snippet as a teaser to her book by talking about the most interesting and unusual women named Valerie Prosek. She is considered a ‘floral forager’ which means she travels around the San Fransisco area before the San Francisco Flower Market and gathers her goods to be sold off the sides of highways, behind buildings and anywhere she sees interesting plants, flowers and foliage that she thinks people will be willing to buy. You can see a video if you click on the attachment. Pretty interesting!


Welcome baby RJ arrangement

My friend; Caroline had her little boy on Wednesday and I went to work right away figuring out what arrangement I’d like to make to take to the hospital. I love Olive and Cocoa’s arrangements and was so  intimidated to try to do one but I did anyway. It took me about 20 minutes. I love the way it turned out. I hope the happy family can enjoy it!


Thursday Flower Class

Today we cranked through three new flower designs; basing, parallel and line arrangement. Fun and fast work!

Basing design is typically used for a center piece for formal dinners etc., parallel design is very artistic and not commonly arranged and the vertical (line) design is one of the most common type of arrangements since it can be made quickly, looks good and does not require a lot of flowers.


Basing Design

Vertical Line, Basing and Parallel Design


My car after class!!!

A Jungle themed baby shower

Recently, some friends and I hosted a baby shower for a mommy-to be at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. We decided to go for a sweet jungle theme which was quite easy to work with. Lucky for me, my lovely teacher; Michael Gaffney assisted me in making flower choices the day before….!


Elephants walked down the center of the table each filled  with a bird of paradise and sprig of pink alstromeria to make the look a bit more delicate. Bear grass accented each arrangement and looked like water spraying out the sides of the elephant. Each elephant had pink and green tea leaves in front and behind them to act as tracks and lengthen the arrangement on the table. Pink anthuriums accented the table in various spots.

Champagne bar with wrapped leaf accent

Giraffe vase with orchids, pink and green tea leaves, 3 shoots of bamboo and a palm frond

Photos by Dana Maione