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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

... and just like that we spiral back to... Spring!

The Spring Equinox is a time for new beginnings and renewal and time to grow your… floral craft pantry!

and just like that we spiral back to... Spring! floral art design by Christine de Beer

This week I am kicking off a brand new floral adventure...

Spiral tulip stems to hold a small nest for spring designs

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.

Grow a bird nest for grow something bc

It is all about growing a cut flower garden… but with my kind of twist to it.

Using all parts of the plant to create more sustainable floral designs

This is not just about growing flowers to put in a vase… although we will do some of that as well.

Roots can be used to craft a bird nest for flower arrangements

This is about exploring and discovering what to grow to make your designs so uniquely… you.

Grow your own cut flowers to create unique flower arrangements

Growing a “floral craft pantry” filled with design accessories and details that you can’t find in the flower market… can’t buy.

Tulips for Spring styling that looks fresh and custom grown

About a more sustainable version of flower arranging.

Easy way to spiral tulip stems for a spring floral display

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.

Plant Something BC Floral Pantry Introduction.jpg

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 . Follow @PlantsomethingBC 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.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.


22 March 2023 Easy twist to a tulip spiral to nestle a “we are still building this” bird’s nest in

The easiest unfinished nest idea... simply shaped from roots discovered while Spring cleaning and preparing to plant.

11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

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...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

20 July 2022 Breezy lily grass ripple

A radiating design that has the freedom of movement to add a bit of a cooling effect on the warmer days of summer.

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

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.

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

23 March 2022 A Double vase, Sticky tape, Reflexed AND Woven Nestled Grass and Tulip Whirl

so many techniques rolled into one rather pretty tulip nest. Perfect to celebrate new beginnings: Spring and my book birthday... and my online workshop!

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

24 March 2021 A Spring Sprout Wreath Flower Frog

Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!

19 June 2012 Tapping away Tulip pollen

Tap away most of the pollen from a fully opened tulip

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

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Related Designs

22 March 2023 Grow a floral craft pantry

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...

30 August 2023 Courage, now

A bit of a rethink as the season is getting ready to change. How can I give my design idea a fresh twist?

20 September 2023 Did you see that!?!

Take a handful of grass... but then add just enough design to make it interesting.

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

20 July 2022 The tiniest drop

A radiating summer design that waves in the slightest of breezes.

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

1 May 2012 Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces

Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine.

23 March 2022 Chockablock!

Luxuriously filled design... filled with flowers... filled with grass. But most fun, for us as designers filled with hidden techniques

24 March 2021 To two too!

A Spring Tulip celebration design... with a special message

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own