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The Flower School that’s not a flower school

Re-thinking floristry for flower lovers

This is the beginnings of our online flower school.  And I use that term loosely because we’re not going to tell you to take 5 stems of this and 3 stems of that, the intention is for it to be a tool box of ideas and inspiration with a particular focus on the NZ market.  What we will do is showcase our approach to sustainability in floristry and demonstrate different alternatives to wire, tape and floral foam.

Why a flower school?

Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a florist, but didn’t like the floristry I saw so didn’t become a florist – until much later in life when I kept gravitating back to the thing I always loved.  Picking and arranging flowers is in my blood, but always my way.  I never liked the idea of someone else telling me how it should be done.  Pointers I could take, helpful advice yes but four stems of this and two of that… it’s just not the way I work.  So I’m wondering if there are others out there who like me don’t want to be told how to create but would like support and advice with…

  • improving their designs
  • problem solving design issues
  • sustainable floristry
  • no floral foam vase arranging techniques
  • working towards your floristry dream

Check out our tutorials and tips below. And please get in touch with any questions or thoughts – I’m envisaging this will evolve over time but it’s a start! 

Flower School Articles

My creative process…

I'm often asked do you have a vision in mind before making something. The answer is yes... and no. Yes I have an idea of what I think might look...

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Summer cut flower tips…

This week in your bouquet you might find some of the following: dahlia, gladioli, calla lilies, scabiosa, strawflowers, matricaria daisies and hydrangea. Summer flowers while lovely are generally speaking more...

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Gratitude diary

Even in an amazing industry like floristry it's easy to have down days, and I've found gratitude lists a good way to remind myself of not only how far I've...

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XOX Floral - Taupo Florist - fresh 2 dry

A new way of working in floristry

We are sustainable florists and want to share our processes with you so you can appreciate that garden bouquets rather that commerical grown flowers are the ones with the most...

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Kristen Somerville Taupo Florist

Creating a dried floral arrangement

A beautiful soft dried vase arrangement using different types of flora not normally found in dried arrangements. We never use floral foam in our arrangements so this one has been...

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drying flowers

Flowers available for drying in April

We’ve been busy drying zinnia, dahlias, amaranthus, hydrangea and sedum. Foliage has included eucalyptus, corokia berries, olearia and firethorn (pyracantha) for it’s berries also to hopefully put aside for Christmas...

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