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Tips for Arranging Flowers

Get some 'scents and sensibility'


There are some simple rules to arranging flowers that even those of us who lack green thumbs—meaning me—manage to learn along the way: Use a clean container, cut the ends of stems, arrange each flower individually, place arrangement in a cool area, avoid direct sunlight and water daily (if the water is cloudy, rearrange in a clean vase with fresh water). My mother taught me well.

But rules are easy to follow. It’s finding the inspiration to make a bunch of flowers look like “wow” that is hard. So I asked Gary Zinsmeyer (locals know him as Gary Z of Stamford) to help me out. Here is what he told me.

When In Doubt

“Focus on seasonal flowers. They will last longer.” Plus you will look like you know your blooms. Not sure? Just ask the florist.

Tap Your Inner Artist

“Following rules takes the fun out of creating anything. You can know the rules—color, height, texture—but the fun is in breaking them.” Which leads to…

“Copy, Copy, Copy”

“Look through magazines. What colors do you like? Combinations? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.” So if a look appeals to you, trust it. Though there is one practical consideration…

Location, Location, Location

“Look at the colors in the room where you plan to put your arrangement. A specific fabric or an accent pillow can be a good color resource.” And it’s a good thing he added…

Flowers Smell

Keep the scents of flowers in mind if your plan is to create a centerpiece for the dining table. The last thing you need is for your dinner guests to fail to appreciate the aromas coming from the kitchen.

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