Valentine's Day Flower Arranging Class
Tonight I took a super cute flower arranging class with a Valentine's Day theme! It was put on by Snapdragon Studio, which is a boutique floral studio in St. Louis. They opened their shop about a year ago in south city, close to Tower Grove park. The arrangement from tonight had a mixture of pink, white, and red flowers- so pretty! This was a nice treat for myself since the winter months can be so dreary.
Each of the stems were separated into buckets, and we got to pick a few from each bucket. We were given the white vases- gah, they're so cute! The vases were pre-filled with chicken wire to hold the flowers. I had previously only used styrofoam, but I like this option better because you can take flowers out easier to rearrange afterwards.
Here were some of Silvia's tips!:
Build your arrangement in layers- she usually builds in 3 layers.
Measure your stems before you cut them- between 1.5 to 2.5 the length of the vase width.
Add the larger flowers on the first layers, then fill in with the smaller bulbs.
The heavier flowers should be on the first layers so they can drape nicely over the edge of the vase.
Make sure to turn your arrangement around while you're working so you don't put too much on one side.
Start with the greens.
Tulips are nice to drape down over the sides near the bottom.
Try to get a mix of leaf textures- so some small leaves, some large, and some medium. Same goes for flowers with the bulb size.
When cutting the stems, try to put them in water fairly quickly after a fresh cut.
Don't let the leaves touch the water as it can cause bacteria. Trim off any leaves that do touch the water.
Be sure to dump out the old water and put in new water daily.