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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

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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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CHÂTEAU DE BEAUVOIR

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.

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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.

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As seen in July/August Flower Magazine.

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Bridal Elegance

August 24th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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To read more see Gardenista.

Photographs by Liesa Johannssen.

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Splendid Orchid Planter from Mudd

August 14th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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A big Thank You to BBrooks member florist Mudd Fleurs, IL
for this glorious orchid planter.

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Grandmother Steals the Show!

August 12th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

At the dear old age of 89, Nana Betty is fast winning the heart of the nation after acting as her granddaughter’s bridesmaid.

Elizabeth Govern (or Nana Betty as her family call her) was asked by her granddaughter Christine to be one of her four bridesmaids because they’re BFFs and by the looks of things she stole the show.

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Christine had to plead her grandmother to take on the job and after asking her about 10 times Nana B finally agreed and stood beside the bride at her 2 May wedding.

“The decision was easy given the strength of our relationship,” Christine, from Pennsylvania told Huff Post. “Who doesn’t want her best friend standing beside her on her wedding day?”

To read mores see Bridesmaid.

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