In case you missed our Orchid Design demo, here's a look into what went on at our Encinitas location. Follow along for tips on creating your own arrangement, whether you choose to use real plants or our permanent botanicals, these tips create the same outcome: a unique, gorgeous conversation piece. So grab your floral design tools at your favorite hobby store and join us!
It was a sunny day, and we had the perfect spot to hold the demo, right in the corner by our botanical bar on our kitchen island/work table. Lili, our fearless leader and owner, led the demonstration, orchids being one of her favorite projects. And to add to the entertainment, our visual merchandiser extraordinaire TJ brings some wit and charm to the table. To start, make sure you have foam, floral tape, wire cutters, sticks, twine or raffia, moss, interesting pots and of course florals and foliage.
When working with permanent botanicals, we like to throw rules out the window. Mix and match as you please, combine succulents and more to bring life to your work. The only guidelines we suggest following when it comes to orchids specifically are:
1- pay attention to the scale. Make sure your pot works with the height of your arrangement. It's generally safe to say if you're using a tall pot, the arrangement should be 1 to 1.5 times the height of the container.
2- Make sure to naturalize the florals. Bend and open up the petals, adding a realistic element, but also creating the desired movement in your arrangement.
3- Always center your featured flower in the middle of the pot.
For Lili's first arrangement, we started with an oversize cement pot. She placed a foam piece inside the pot and topped it with our reindeer moss, a vibrant moss with a spring green color. As you can see, the rule of height applied to this arrangement due to the orientation of the tall pot. After adding the usual base foliage to the tall orchids, she added a succulent to hang down the side and create an organic, soft look. The addition of a chunky bamboo stick tied loosely with twine or raffia adds a realistic element.
For the second arrangement, Lili started with a wider pot and our mood moss, which has a more earthy coloring to it. She chose a shorter orchid, placed in the center of the container and added ferns and grass at the base. TJ brought in a subtle pop of color with a purple hued succulent and Lili finished it off with a piece of coral. Feel free to get creative on the finishing touch with pieces you might find around your home or at the beach!
Lili's final arrangements were small, but impactful. Here, she shows us how the use of an unconventional item for a pot can be the perfect touch for a dinner party or gathering. Some unique 'pots' shown here include a birds nest or our Vietri Lastra bowl. You can also use giant oyster shells or anything else you have floating around your home.
And since we held our workshop at both locations, here's a peek at what went down in Newport Beach. The Gardenology team got interactive with our workshop attendees and everyone contributed to this group arrangement, featuring multiple orchid stems accented with tropical succulents.
Stay tuned for an invite to our next demonstration, we hope you will join us in person!