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Living Fresh Flower School Garden Party

28 May

mason jar floral arrangement for a garden party

With the hot weather now at our disposal, what better way to entertain than in the outdoors? The Living Fresh Flower School featured a design class on Sunday, May 27th that demonstrated the in’s and out’s of floral decor for an outdoor party. An eclectic mix of mason jars from various companies such as Crown, Bernardin, Golden Harvest and Dominion were the perfect vessels for these dainty floral pieces.

mason jars for floral arrangments

When designing for an outdoor event it is important to remember that a diverse colour palette is key: look around the gardens in your neighbourhood and you will see that every colour is represented. Garden flowers tend to be daintier in size and offer various textures – mixing these textures can be a risky one in common floral design. In garden design, texture overload in fully acceptable and encouraged.

Photographed below is a selection of some of the blooms that were provided to the students for the groupings of arrangements that they got to make for their final project.

anenome scillia hydrangea

asters monte casino dusty miller

vendella rose thistel hypericum berries sea holly double freesia

tulips euonymus

Here is a sampling of some of the creations by the students of the Living Fresh Flower School.  Beautiful pieces, fit for a party!

garden party flower arrangement

garden party arrangements

garden party flowers

A garden party wouldn’t be complete without some colourful treats!

jelly beans mini cupcakes for garden party treats

Please check out the Living Fresh Flower School’s website for information on our next class “Ode to Peony” on Sunday, June 10th, from 1-4 p.m. at the Button Factory in Waterloo.


Tropical Paradise at the Living Fresh Flower School

5 Feb

I love my job! I love my job! I love my job! Today was the first class of the winter/spring term at that Living Fresh Flower School – and it was fantastic! As a teacher of floral design I get to have my cake and eat it too. Not only do I get to work with exceptional blossoms from all over the world, but I can share my life-long learnings of floral art with people who have a thirst for botanical beauty. And did I mention that I get to do all this along side my best flower friend, Tina Riddell?

Today’s theme was Tropical Paradise. We featured blooms from equatorial regions of the world. Who couldn’t use a bit of that during a Canadian winter? Contemporary, asymmetrical and artistic were the design styles of the day – our floral apprentices from today’s class embraced this theme with gusto!


If you missed our class today, we have many scheduled for the upcoming months! Our next class, on March 11, 2012 will celebrate all things PINK! The floral industry is favouring this shade, particularly the softer, pastel shades of pink. Unleash your inner “little girl” and come play with pink! (click here to go to the Living Fresh Flower School link – Colour Theory Pink)

IDS12 January 27, 2012

3 Feb

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend  IDS12 – Interior Design Show 2012 on trade day with certified Interior Decorator, Tina Riddell of Living Fresh (Kitchener, Ontario).  Cutting edge designs had my head spinning – so much talent and decor  under one roof.  As a floral designer by trade, I don’t know the ins and outs of interiors, but I certainly have a strong sense of what I like and don’t like. And despite the thousands of amazing things that I did see at the show on this day, there was one design team that stood out among all the others: “Mason“.  This design duo,  Ashley Rumsey and Stanley Sun, are the partners of Mason, of Montreal, Quebec.  They were one of the 6 participants  in the feature display entitled “How Do You Live?”, calling their work “Our Home and Native Land”.  It was a pleasure to see their work, and as a member of the media, it was an even bigger thrill to photograph it.

In “Now Magazine“, Sun was quoted as saying “We wanted to challenge what a kitchen and bathroom can be, one is a completely private space, and the other is completely public.” They broke down each area to its “functional rather than social use”. In the middle of the container, water flows from a faucet into a long wooden trough, then passes under a cooking platform and finally cascades into a small patch of green space. Several feet away from the small grassy area, tucked away in the corner, hidden by a small tree, is the toilet.

The outdoor elements of water and plant life bring a natural serenity to this indoor space.

This space appealed to more than just my visual sense. My auditory sense went wild – the gentle flow of water is a soothing sound for this Aquarian. And, of course the kid in me just wanted to touch it (but I didnt, because my companion that day would have told me not to!).

Living Fresh Flower School – Holiday Flower Classes

2 Nov

The Holiday season is fast approaching and the Living Fresh Flower school wants to help you prepare for it! We have three great flower classes lined up to help teach you a thing or two about creating floral art for your home.

We hope you can find the time in your busy schedule and enjoy us for some fun holiday flower arranging, here are the class offering for the 2011 Holiday season:

Organic Outdoor Wintertime Urn

A fresh outdoor arrangement of coniferous foliage is the perfect way to embellish a front porch for winter.  The longevity of cedar, juniper, and pine is ideal for our long, cold climate – guaranteeing three to four months of show.

Come mingle natural elements with a splash of colour to create a beautiful arrangement you can slip into your own outdoor container.

Organic Outdoor Wintertime Urn

Date:  Sun, Nov 13, 2011
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.

Click here to register.

Holiday Ice and Snow

The scent of winter greens will always remain a constant, but how this foliage is arranged for holiday decorating is as unique as the designer working with it.

Allow your festive design journey to begin with us as we sculpt an elegant floral arrangement in an oversized piece of stemmed glass, using white, cream, silver and crystal – the perfect interpretation of our snowy Canadian climate.

Holiday Ice and Snow

Date:  Sun, Nov 27, 2011
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.

Click here to register.

Rubies and Gold

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but rubies and gold are lifelong partners.  These coupled classic tones are timeless and rich; but that is not to say that they cannot offer your December holiday dining table a contemporary twist.

The focus of this class is to create a unique table arrangement using fresh winter greenery, shiny metallics, radiant reds and numerous surprise elements that are sure to wow your dinner guests!

Rubies and Gold

Date:  Sun, Dec 11, 2011
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.

Click here to register.

To register for all classes please go to our website,  click on the class link you would like to sign up for and use the Buy Now buttons to register using credit cards or PayPal accounts – payments are accepted through PayPal. Should you require another payment method, please contact us at info@livingfresh.ca or 519.573.9039.

We hope to see you in class!