On February 28, florists everywhere will observe the annual recognition of their industry – National Floral Design Day. The date commemorates the birthday of one of the pioneers of floral design here in the United States. Carl Rittners’ vision and passion for the artistry of flower arrangement compelled him to start the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston; and because of his leadership and dream, thousands of students have been educated in the discipline.
Although most folks will never think about the composition of a floral work of art, there is much more involved than simply putting a few roses and baby’s breath branches into a vase. Floral designers utilize the principles of line, balance and the usage of negative space as they craft a unique arrangement. There are guidelines that are followed for certifications and degrees; but home-grown floral artists can also enjoy the sheer joy that creating floral masterpieces can bring.
Professional floral designers will generally start with one primary flower – the bloom that is larger, brighter or more prominent than the rest of the arrangement. This focal point is then balanced with either smaller blooms, or natural accents – such as grasses, bamboo, twigs or cattails – to play a supporting role to the star of the arrangement. These elements also add interest and striking lines to the piece. Choosing an appropriate vase or container is just as important, setting the stage for the perfect design.
Design may also attempt to evoke a feeling, or be reminiscent of a certain time or place. Your theme may be a tropical rain forest, an English tea party, or a Japanese Zen garden. Incorporating not only the right flowers, but designing to the right dimensions and ambiance become a part of the artistic process.
At Gainan’s Flowers, we are passionate about the art of flowers – no matter the variety, be it hydrangea or orchid. If you have a special occasion, or a loved one who deserves a striking, one of a kind piece of floral art, come into any of our three locations to discuss how we can create a masterpiece just for you.