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Tom Bowling 2011 > Holiday Happenings at Florabundance

October 25th, 2011

Florabundance was the place to be on Sunday! Florabundance was the host to the LACCU of Teleflora this past Sunday. Featuring guest designer Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI, the guests were treated to designs that showcased product from the magnificent selection from Florabundance.

Herewith is a summary written by Tom Bowling

The first 90 minutes were filled with design work that was inspired with an autumn feel. The designs featured components both familiar and even a few that were so unique direct from Holland that that they had to be looked up on the internet. Beautiful peach amaryllis, blazing yellow sunflowers and glorious lilies married together to give inspiration to the audience. Keepsake containers provided by Teleflora were used to feature the foliages and flowers.

I shared with the audience a unique approach to teach an armature structure used to secure a hand tied bouquet. Made of bark wire from the Smithers Oasis Company, I demonstrated how easy it was to form the armature by folding the wire and weaving the armature to hold the ornamental grasses, natural materials, and fragrant chocolate scented geranium foliage. I then demonstrated a simple and effective binding technique to secure the bouquet. After cutting the stems, he then displayed the collection in a rustic pottery pitcher.

Teleflora’s Bamboo Collection was showcased both in tropical flowers and showing its diversity was also filled with form flowers such as the Pin Cushion Protea, Birds of Paradise, and Cymbidium Orchids. Snapdragons, Cattails, and Sansonia were accented with River Cane to show the audience how many different ways the containers could be used and for numerous occasions.

After a delicious lunch was served, Tom shared a collection of trans-seasonal designs that bridged the two seasons. Trans-seasonal designs work well for those customers who want a bit of Christmas flavor prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Lots of rich reds, browns and coppers were combined to usher in the season. Christmas design ideas started with the traditional colors of reds and greens. Roses, carnations, Alstroemeria, Bouvardia, Bells of Ireland and Dendrobium Orchids were used to enhance Teleflora’s holiday collection. From tradition the program then featured a collection of black and silver accented with hot pinks, whites, and chartreuse greens. Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangea, Stargazer Lilies, Roses, and Dendrobium Orchids were featured in both aluminum and glass containers. Black accents of sticks and polished black river rocks gave the more generic containers a personal themed feel.

After all was said and done, the guests were treated to 45 arrangements and the most gorgeous flowers and foliages imaginable! Florabundance believes in the future of the floral industry and is always willing to rise to the occasion to assist and support.

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