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Sept 7th is Labor Day

September 4th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

red white and blue flowers

We will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Please have a safe and happy weekend!

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Rusty Gold

September 2nd, 2015 by Estelle Mays

The inspiration for this design was the desire to take a no-longer-wanted object and transform it into something both fun and functional for the garden. Why throw something away when you can reuse it in the garden? Now what once was a rusted old chair without a seat is a whimsical planter whose foliage can change with the seasons.


I’m always searching for ‘rusty gold.’ I like incorporating salvaged items or architectural elements into my spaces. These once-forgotten relics can transform a garden and make it feel more personal.” –CHARLIE THIGPEN


 As seen in May/June issue of Flower Magazine.

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Sweet Summer Blooms

August 31st, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Sweet Summer arrangements of antique hydrangea, tulips, peonies, and roses from BBrooks member florist

The Little Flower Shop, KS

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The Florist’s Motto

August 30th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

Labellum.the florist motto

Our BBrooks member florist in Montana may have just coined a great phrase!

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom, can keep us from setting up a wedding” ~  Labellum, MT

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Resendiz Brothers

August 28th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

At Resendiz Brother Protea Growers, in Rainbow, CA, the cliffs are steep…

and the flowers are hypnotic…

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The place is unlike any “farm” we’re used to.  Rocky, dry, and so full of beauty….

Mel Resendiz

“I’ve built my whole life around these flowers”  ~ Mel Resendiz

Photos by Tom Story

As seen in Sunset magazine.

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August 26th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

At her chateau in the bucolic French countryside, artist Claire Basler paints sumptuous, extravagant work from arrangements she creates out of the gardens just beyond her window.


The artist’s arrangements from her gardens inspire her paintings, which are not realistic re-creations. Rather, she captures the flutter of a petal, the arch of a stem, and the colors of the sky.


As seen in July/August Flower Magazine.

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Bridal Elegance

August 24th, 2015 by Estelle Mays


Simple, Elegant bridal bouquet of Roses, Orchids and Dusty Miller by BBrooks member florist Roger Beck, MN

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Summer Glam!

August 22nd, 2015 by Estelle Mays

floral art.summer glam

BBrooks member florist Floral Art, CA spices up summer with sumptuous corals, pinks, oranges and greens. Designed featured in Asian silk fabric vases.

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Keen on Green!

August 20th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume in Los Angeles makes a lush arrangement that takes his favorite color to new heights.

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“Layering taller elements on opposite sides of a design gives it movement and makes your eye undulate throughout. Everything should feel balanced and organic. I like my flowers to look very natural, as though they’re doing exactly what they want.”  – Maurice Harris

As seen in July/August issue of Flower Magazine.

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Flowerland, CA

August 17th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

Some people, on Sunday afternoons, might visit a park, or a café, to read a book or spend time with a friend. But just north of Berkeley, in Albany, CA, people come to Flowerland. It isn’t just a nursery, it’s also a place to sit, have coffee and a cookie, and say hello to the neighborhood dog.

flowerland nursery shade plants sign ; Gardenista_0

Instead of neatly arranged rows of trees and shrubs, the nursery has nooks and crannies, which makes for good wandering, and good daydreaming, coffee in hand. “It’s rustic. Nothing is ever perfect, or done,” says owner Carly Dennet.

flowerland nursery plant selection ; Gardenista

“Things happen organically here,” says Dennet. “We try to have around inspiring materials, so that the staff feel like taking part, and being creative. And a lot of interesting things happen that way.”

flowerland nursery plant mister and succulents ; Gardenista_0

To read more see Gardenista.

Photographs by Liesa Johannssen.

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