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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.