Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
... and just like that we spiral back to... Spring!
- 22 March 2023
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The Spring Equinox is a time for new beginnings and renewal and time to grow your… floral craft pantry!
This week I am kicking off a brand new floral adventure...
I am writing a monthly article as part of the Plant Something BC initiative to promote the benefits of buying locally grown plants to aspiring and experienced gardeners of all ages.
It is all about growing a cut flower garden… but with my kind of twist to it.
This is not just about growing flowers to put in a vase… although we will do some of that as well.
This is about exploring and discovering what to grow to make your designs so uniquely… you.
Growing a “floral craft pantry” filled with design accessories and details that you can’t find in the flower market… can’t buy.
About a more sustainable version of flower arranging.
And growing those things that helps us to further develop our own effortless design style... see what i did there?
… this time from the roots up.
Sounds fun, right? I hope you will join in. You can read the introduction announcement for my monthly flower arranging inspiration articles on the
Plant Something BC blog
on Instagram and use the hashtag #growafloralfcraftpantry to show us what you are growing to design with. We would love to hear your hints and tips to grow a floral craft pantry as well.
Note: This initiative is supported by the BC Government’s Buy BC partnership program, delivered by the investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the Government of British Columbia, Canada, enabling them to have an interdisciplinary relationship between BCLandscape and Nursery Association members and non-members from the growers, the landscaper and garden centres.
My monthly flower arranging inspiration articles is a floral design companion for this initiative.
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The easiest unfinished nest idea... simply shaped from roots discovered while Spring cleaning and preparing to plant.
Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in
A radiating design that has the freedom of movement to add a bit of a cooling effect on the warmer days of summer.
Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.
Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature
so many techniques rolled into one rather pretty tulip nest. Perfect to celebrate new beginnings: Spring and my book birthday... and my online workshop!
Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.
Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!
Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.
I am launching something new this month. I am teaming up with Plant Something BC, our local government and the landscape and nursery societies here in British Columbia, Canada and...
Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.
Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine.
Luxuriously filled design... filled with flowers... filled with grass. But most fun, for us as designers filled with hidden techniques