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I welcome questions concerning flower selection and identification, mechanics of arranging, style and color trends from contemporary to period pieces, and current techniques used in the floral industry. I can also direct you to resources for flowers and supplies not readily available in some areas.

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I've been a floral designer for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. The entertainment industry here keeps us very busy, and has also provided me with very unique opportunities to create pieces for various eras and locals. I am experienced in wedding and event work as well as individual pieces for all occasions


This is very much an on-the-job training type profession, but I have found my background in interior design, particularly art history, has been something I've drawn from many times over the years.

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2014-05-08 Arranging a tall vase with small opening:

Hi Ora,  If you are having trouble securing fresh stems in a vase, you might try using curly willow inside the vase. You can scrunch it up and it can help anchor your stems in the water. An alternative

2013-09-10 Replacing foam in a Gala bouquet holder for silk flowers:

Hi Jenny,  When using artificial flowers, you would need to use the holder with "desert" foam.  That type  does not absorb water, and is much less prone to falling apart than the water holding foams.

2013-04-19 Tomato Cage in Flower Arranging:

This isn't something I've seen, but it would certainly work if that's what you're looking for.  I imagine the tomato cages are inverted so it looks more like a topiary tree. Then you are free to cover

2013-04-06 More photos for flower ID:

You may want to refer to internet images if you are still unsure which flower it is. As I answered previously, your photo shows New Guinea impatiens. A hibiscus will have a protruding pistil, a larger

2013-03-28 Flower ID:

Those are New Guinea impatiens. It is a hybrid with larger flowers and leaves than traditional impatiens, and the leaves are often variegated. They can handle full sun in coastal areas, and partial shade


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