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Rub Shoulders with European Champion Florists

How often do you get the chance to rub shoulders with European Champion florists who have been judged the best in their own countries? It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us, you will agree.

Hot new construction flower arrangement methods

Hot new construction flower arrangement methods

What if you could jump the barriers, linger in sessions closed to the public, and watch every stage as they all competed to become the best florist in Europe? Would that be AMAZING or what! Well here it is, as Pavol Kaššák did just that , running from demonstrations theatres to competition halls and back again to capture all the action in minute detail for you to study. Backed up by the passionate designers, Madeleine Sarradell and Gilles Vial-Caille we are able to bring you the best of the best in this and the June edition.

You will see the unique mechanics close up, the constructions methods all uncovered and exposed- in fact a dream seat in the front row as you are handed the hottest new trends and techniques on a plate!

Each time we have suggested how you can use these pieces in your own flower arranging, because what you are about to see is the future, the exciting emerging trends in floral design.

But ringing in my ears was a criticism about covering these extraordinary events from one of our readers, “But they are not relevant to my situation, so they are not of interest to me”, she wrote. The challenge was thrown down.

6 lessons using European Floral Mechanics

6 lessons using European Floral Mechanics

The result is this month’s companion video . I took 6 of the most interesting mechanics from this issue’s coverage, and used the same methods to create 6 extraordinary floral gifts that could be easily carried out of a flower shop, or into the car to take to a friend. The optional video is a simple and quick way to try out these new ideas for little expense and using equipment you may already have in your home or office.

Turn your hoard into cash this Christmas

Have you been watching the ‘hoarders’ programme on TV? If you have’t been exposed to it, it is probably a good thing as it makes for difficult viewing. Unfortunate people are exposed who spend their lives accumulating rubbish and junk in the hope that one day it will be useful. The results are terrifying!

This week I have had 3 flower arrangers tell me that after watching the programme they have started to clean out their own hoard of ‘floral treasures’ . My vase room has had a similar treatment as, after all, when are treasures, junk? When does it become too much? When will any of us use all that accumulation of dried plant material and the latest fashion items that we bought and never used?

Florists are less prone to the hoarders’ disease as they buy, add value and sell. Most don’t have room for excessive collecting anyway and stock not moving is a burden on cash flow. But flower arrangers don’t have the same restraints and many quickly fill up the room/shed/garage they have available to them.

Now is your opportunity to use up all those treasures if you are as guilty as I am. Aim to completely empty your storage space. Nothing left except a shelf of extremely useful vases and a tool box. No dried plant material, no ribbons, no unused candles, decorative wire, old projects… nothing!

Take a leaf from the florists’ book and use the lessons in this edition of floral design

Make your own Christmas Floral Decorations magazine

Make your own Christmas Floral Decorations magazine

magazine and the companion DVD to make all the

Make your own Christmas Floral Decorations now on DVD

Make your own Christmas Floral Decorations now on DVD

Christmas decorations, gifts, wreaths, table settings and sideboard arrangements to use up your hoard. Book yourself a place in your local pre-Christmas market and sell them all!

The result? Extra cash to start collecting all over again or if your hoard is big enough, you may be able to get yourself to one of the fabulous floral events you have been invited to (more at the back of this floral design magazine).

After all, what are you keeping those treasures for? Yes, for right now, for Christmas 2014. And I guarantee you, you will have loads of fun along the way!