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FLOWER ARRANGING 101 with all the flower arranging resources you are looking for. Whether you need information on wedding flowers, flower design, wedding bouquets or just a simple flower arrangement for your dinner table, this page will lead you quickly to the resource you need with floral design magazine.

Flower arranging seems a simple enough activity, just pick or buy some cut flowers, fill a vase with water and pop the flowers in. That is what I thought too until I tried it and my arrangement looked like a 2 year old had tried to arrange flowers. That is when I decided to seek help. And that is what this page is all about.

I will unlock some of the flower arranging jargon, and give you some signposts as links to find the flower arranging information you are looking for.

Flower arranging is divided into 4 broad categories.

  • Florists who make money by selling flowers,
  • floristry students who are learning to make money by selling flowers,
  • hobby flower arrangers who love arranging flowers for the sheer joy of it
  • and followers of Ikebana who adhere to strict flower arranging rules decreed by family run businesses called Ikebana schools in Japan.

    Floral design magazine is published for the first 3 with content each month to improve flower arranging skills and techniques.

  • The flower arranging hobby.

    Flower arrangers from Ireland take you through  some easy, very pretty flower arranging lessons plus check out new, contemporary, flower arranging techniques from England and Belgium. Australian flower arranging is influenced by the  vast amount of flowers they have available to them and the new techniques they love to use. Try out the Australian flower arranging style and see what they are currently creating in flower design. learn the design principles of flower arranging as well as try out easy step by step flower arranging lessons with Canadian  flower arrangers. The South African style of flower arranging is influenced by their  plant material and native culture. Try out their stunning step by step flower arranging lessons in their modern, chic style. New Zealand flower arrangers use a lot of foliage which grows so well in New Zealand. Try out their flower arranging style for lush, foliage focussed flower arranging.  America has a flower arranging style  unique to its highly industrialised culture, so they typically use just a few flowers amongst plastic, wood or other manufactured accessories. Try out this flower arranging style yourself.

    Many people who do flower arrangements as a hobby call it floral art but it is nothing to do with painting flowers. They often band together in groups called floral art clubs and compete amongst themselves. They are divided into groups depending on their experience from novice up to blue ribbon or premier and each group is usually given a floral art theme to create for their monthly meetings.

    They also compete nationally and internationally and the main countries to do this are
  • UK,
  • Australia,
  • Canada,
  • South Africa,
  • Ireland and
  • New Zealand.

    Other countries are taking more interest in flower arranging as a hobby such as the USA but their groups are almost always connected to a larger gardening club.

  • Flower arrangers who just enjoy decorating their homes really get into it for Christmas, and floral design magazine has annual specials for new flower arranging Christmas arrangements.

    Others have become involved in flower arranging through helping with the flowers for their church. Floral Design has a downloadable edition covering church flowers both for the Christian and Hindu faith.
    If you are brand new to flower arranging floral design magazine has 3 editions of floral design as downloadable resources –
  • first edition step by step lessons for beginners with colour and design theory, how to preserve flowers and manipulate Aspidistra
  • second edition arrangements on a low or no budget,with wonderful results
  • third edition A wide range of flower design styles as valuable step by step lessons including wedding bouquets!.

  • The Florist.

     Anthuriums are tropical flowers that last for months. Learn how to arrange  Anthuriums and take on some new ideas for mass displays for large events.  Gerberas can look very classy whether in a wedding bouquet,  the centre of wedding tables or on their own. Try out these 20 step by step flower arranging lessons using Gerberas. Roses are everyone's favourite flower for Valentines Day. Try out these ideas for arranging Roses. Carnations are the most versatile of flowers and they are making a comeback. Try out these flower arranging ideas using Carnations in  contemporary flower designs. Arranging Lilies is fun especially when you can choose from Callas, Glorisoa, Arum, Christmas, Asiatic or Oriental in your flower designs. Learn how with  flower arranging lessons and  some new ideas. Chrysanthemums are everyone's favourite fower for flower arranging as they are so versatile.Check out all the different flower arranging ideas using 'Mums'.

    The florist loves being surrounded by flowers every day and selling them. They can have a flower shop or specialise in wedding flowers or event flowers, working instead out of a studio or home base. Florists are usually must better trained in flower design, particularly in Europe when many have been in training for 8 years before they graduate.

    Each country has their own floristry courses and curriculum with The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium having the most intense courses. Australia has training courses from TAFE institutes all over the country with a comprehensive 4 year programme.

    Wedding florists are fully trained to know how to
  • wire and tape flowers,
  • plan a wedding,
  • make many different styles of wedding bouquets and floral weddings.

    Floral design magazine publishes a Wedding Special every year for these florists and their brides as they seek out new wedding bouquet designs, wedding table floral settings and cutting edge wedding flower styles.

  • Florists who own flower shops have two huge events each year . One is Valentine's Day and the other is Mother's Day. Both demand the florist has flowers for all budget ranges for their customers and so each January floral design magazine has a downloadable Romance Special featuring Roses with lots of ideas and lessons for the innovative florist and keen flower arrangers.
    With today's competition with supermarkets and garages, florists are becoming more adept at creating designs with what is readily available around them, and contacting growers direct for the 9 most used flowers,
  • the Rose,
  • Carnation ,
  • Anthurium ,
  • Lilies,
  • Hydrangeas
  • Chrysanthemums,
  • Spring flowers such as Daffodils and Tulips
  • and Gerberas.
    Click on each flower on the list above to view the special downloadable edition of floral design magazine with step by step flower arranging lessons, wedding bouquet ideas and inspiration for each of these flowers.

  • The Floristry Student.

    The floristry student normally starts with a passion for flower arranging and sees their future in a flower shop.

    Their course will involve practical instruction plus floristry assignments. Many start by training themselves using internet resources to get started.

    They learn the design elements and design principles which are the building blocks of all good flower arranging, as well as basic techniques for wedding bouquets.

    Floral design magazine has 2 special downloadable editions to cover these elements and principles and well as floristry techniques used currently in Europe.

    The Ikebana Arranger.

    Ikebana is a much disciplined type of flower arranging and when you are taught the basic styles you will have to have your plant material at very precise angles and position. It is a minimalistic type of flower arranging and the most popular school worldwide is Sogestsu. Many European designers have travelled to Japan to learn these skills and have brought them back to Europe to be rebranded as European Style – you can see it yourself in this downloadable edition.

    Major Events.

    There are also major events around the world where all these groups get together to showcase and advertise their activities.

    In Belgium , Germany and The Netherlands floristry shows are very strong such as

    This is where expert florists find the new ideas and flower arranging techniques to keep their businesses vital and thriving.

    So there it is, dozens of flower arranging resources to follow through all the links on this page, and best of all, each downloadable edition of floral design is only $US 8.00 as we encourage you to click on the links to follow your interest in flower arranging.

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