Decorating Shangri-la in Toronto

We had an exciting opportunity recently to create arrangements for the new Living Shangri-La Toronto residences. This is a new Hotel and Residence at 180 University Avenue in Toronto. Close to the Theatre District and the Financial District, and with absolutely amazing views of the city, it is the pinnacle of luxurious living. Working with […]

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AIFD San Francisco Flower Market Tour

At 6:30am we were on a bus trip to the San Francisco Flower Market. Greeted with fresh coffee and donuts, we meandered through  Brannan Street Wholesale Flowers and many other vendors taking in the visual feast. It was the floral equivalent of being a kid in a candy store. Throughout the market J Schwanke AIFD […]

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San Francisco Touristing

My second day at the AIFD Symposium was a tourist day. After perusing the ‘must see’ brochures, I decided to take a walking tour of Haight/Ashbury, the hippie mecca of the 60s. Stan, the tour guide was a walking encyclopedia. Everyone we passed seemed to know him, there was a real community feeling in this […]

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Floral Designs at AIFD Symposium 2011

At the beginning of July I had the good fortune to attend the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) National Symposium in San Francisco, a working vacation you might say. The theme this year was ‘Imagine – Dream, Create, Share.’ When I arrived at the hotel I immediately knew that I was in the right […]

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Orchid Plants in Tuxedos

In the flower business, we like to differentiate ourselves from the grocery stores by “dressing” our plants. If you insisted, we would of course sell you an “undressed” plant, but how much better they look in a co-ordinating pot, decorated with ribbon, wire, branches or balls! Have a look at this photo. We had four […]

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Creating a “Rustic Luxe” window display

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