Whenever I see a flower arrangement I think of my Lola Lory.
Lola means ‘Grandmother’ in Filipino. And mine happens to be one of the women I admire the most.
My Lola was a horticulturalist and florist. So throughout my adolescent years I have been exposed to her landscaping skills and floral arrangements. She has done so many special events, from weddings, anniversaries, corporate parties, and many others.
I love seeing her transform a barren piece of land into a haven of plants and intricately designed garden. It amazes me. She can visualize in her mind what she wants it to appear. Sometimes she is calculated in her plans. But most of the time she improvises. It is in the latter that I see her most outstanding work!
While I love her gardening, my favorite creative endeavor to witness is her flower arranging. She is an absolute maven at it! Whether it’s fresh or silk flowers, she can create something unique, mesmerizing, and absolutely endearing. How I wish back then we had the right technology to capture her artistry!
One regret I had was not being able to learn how to arrange flowers with my Lola. I was scared. I thought I was not creative enough. The fear of not meeting her standards stifled me from even trying to learn from a true master.
And so while I find out later and life that my creative genes kick in much later than I had anticipated, I try to find ways to learn how to create beautiful arrangements with the fresh cut flowers my husband brings me every month.
One very helpful read is The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials by Ariella Chezar.
Among the lot of floral arrangement DIY books, this one captivated me the most. Initially I was drawn to the cover, which features my favorite Dahlias, Peonies, and other variety of blooms. When I scanned the pages I was in awe of the floral photography.
Then looking closely at the floral projects I realized that the author arranged the lesson in a very easy to follow flow.
I could not believe that from simple pieces of flowers it can be arranged into an amazing bouquet with just a few steps.
Since receiving this book to review I have made about half-dozen flower arrangements (Lola Lory would be so proud!).
The tips I learned help me become more artistic and quite courageous in combining flowers that I would have otherwise not tried putting together.
I am glad I was able to find a perfect resource! I feel a little more confident in being able to arrange floral centerpieces in my dining area and a few vase bouquets in my family room and library. I even used a few techniques to create boutonnieres (I’ll share this creation in a later post!).
Whether you are a novice in floral arrangements or an expert, you will love the projects shared by this book!
Has this piqued your curiosity? Here is more information on this beautiful read:
Author: Ariella Chezar
Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for 50 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips readers with the skills to customize arrangements at home.
Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend’s wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, The Flower Workshop allows you to create dazzling arrangements that go beyond merely pretty and into realms of the dramatic, the unexpected, and sometimes even the magical. Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for more than forty-five stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips you with the skills to customize arrangements at home.
Known for her hands-on flower workshops at FlowerSchool New York, Ariella Chezar walks you through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreathes, garlands, grand gestures, and more—all accompanied by detailed photography. Chezar offers advice and philosophy on everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design. For every occasion, from relaxed and simple to lavish and monumental, The Flower Workshop celebrates the special moments in your life with glorious, fragrant floral arrangements and enhances your surroundings with abundant beauty.