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Today we'd like to pay homage to all the amazing floral artists on Instagram for bringing recognition to the floristry industry. With beautiful imagination and bountiful skills, these designers create hypnotizing works of art.
American Grown Flowers Are Focus of National Geographic Coverage
Certified Farmer Andrea Gagnon Shares the Origin Matters Message, Wows With Her Flowers
The November issue of the National Geographic features Certified American Grown flower farmers Andrea Gagnon of Lynnvale Studios.
It's not every day that National
Geographic rings your phone. But that's exactly what flower farmer Andrea Gagnon experienced when the renowned publication reached out to her to request an interview and photo shoot on her Gainesville, Virginia, farm.
The coverage - touting the American Grown Flower movement - can be found in the venerated magazine's November 2017 issue.
"I grew up in a household where National Geographic was renowned and never thrown away," Gagnon explains. "It was an incredible process. (Read more here.)
Reliving the Beauty
of Hope Flower Farm
We hold amazing dinners all across the country and at each one, we have the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented photographers, filling our Flickr page with breath-taking images of American Grown Flowers and those who love them.
Click on collage above to see more stunning photos from our dinner at Hope Flower Farm.
Photos by Taken by Sarah Photography.
Our Field to Vase Dinner in Waterford, VA earlier this month was no exception. Memories were created, friendships made, delicious food enjoyed and American Grown Flowers were celebrated, so we invite you to enjoy it all once again through these beautiful images captured by Sarah Collier of Taken by Sarah Photography.
Yes, there's more! Continuing with ideas from our recent halloween design session, we're dishing out extra tricks and treats wrapped in a deep moody palette of blood reds and black. These rich shadowy hues are mysteriously enchanting while haunting.
Potions abound, curing most any unnatural condition! With a little color magic new or recycled clear glass apothecary bottles are cloaked in übermatte® Ink or TintIT.® Sepia. Vintage style clip art downloaded from the internet labels the elixir. Mist Sepia on the bright white printed paper to antique the label then adhere to the bottles with Tack 1000.
Feel like you're being watched? A dried seed pod from a tropical plant becomes host to eerie eyeballs in this unnerving centerpiece straight from the Little Shop of Horrors. übermatte Graphite colors it charcoal, bursts of Mess Master weathers its look. A brown maché tray houses the fresh flower design.
Twilight, that time of day-meets-night, engenders the deep tones of this bouquet. Its large glass urn transformed in color and patina... complete with blood stains... transports us into the enclave of vampires! Basecoat the urn in übermatte Ink then layered with Super Silver applied in the water resist technique. Blood stains are created with Just For Flowers® Black Cherry applied in spots using the water resist method and spraying more water on fresh Black Cherry to create runs. Live oak branches are misted with Ink for a deep-in-the-night effect.
Display accessories detail a story. Here the dark side of aviary study is revealed in a restyled birdcage colored in TintIT Plum with random bursts of Super Silver. Books used for elevation are redressed in paper covers painted Flat Black and titled with a metallic pen. Warlock journals are fashioned by adhering low profile shapes onto old books. Dots of hot glue edge the cover and swirls decorate the spine. Then a sheet of aluminum foil is randomly colored with Dark Chocolateand Glossy Wood Tone. The backside of the foil is sprayed with TACK 1000 then gently laid over the book cover, pressing down and around the figures. To highlight the relief patterns spray Glossy Wood Tone into the tip of a paper towel then lightly rub color off. Respray the paper towel and wipe as needed. Also dab color off/on flat areas to blend and age.
Vintage style jack-o-lanterns use a similar foil treatment except the color is applied in the water resist method with Orange then TintIT Mango. Clear glass apothecary jars become ghostly vessels decorated in our salt blast technique using überfrost™.
Halloween kitsch brings a smile! Inspired by the shape and texture of this clear glass vase übermatte Crema redresses it into a mummy booquet! Mess Master saturating the tip of paper towel is used to randomly wipe and remove the color on the raised threads.
Culminating Halloween festivities is the celebration of Día de los Muertos! Sugar skulls and heritage blossoms and colors of sunflower yellow, marigold orange and cock's comb red echo Day of the Dead traditions. A clear glass vase enriched in a silver patina was quickly and easily applied with the water resist technique using Super Silver.
You must have surmised... Shannon and I ❤️ HALLOWEEN! As Norman Bates from the movie Psycho observed... "She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?" ...Enjoy the madness of Halloween, Design Master friends!
Don't you just love Autumn weddings for their glorious colors? Luxurious, fragrant David Austin Wedding Roses are magnificent in a harvest bouquet.
Here are four favorites that look breathtaking in today's fresh fall palettes.
Edith'ssunset array of pale raspberry and golden apricot hues make this lovely, fragrant rose a perfect choice for fall florals. We adore Edith in the soft yellow and coral palette shown here. Try it also with dark honey, copper and maple hues. Edith's fresh, fruity aroma makes for an unforgettable Autumn display.
A year-round wedding favorite, Juliet's deeply cupped peach/blush blooms move effortlessly into fall with seasonal navy accents or cooler pastels like terra-cotta, lilac and dusky blue.
Opening from a ruffled cup into a well-defined, shapely rosette, Beatricereveals a heart of golden, buttery swirls ringed by outer petals of cool vanilla. Nestled against Autumn's strong copper and orange hues with hints of lilac, this graceful rose is simply radiant.
Charity's pale pink petals glow with translucency. Their understated color is complemented by a botanical twist of lime green central stamens. Large, luminous and full of fragrance, Charity's blooms are unmistakable. Textural green accents are the perfect way to highlight this exceptional beauty.
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David Austin Roses is Great Britain's internationally-acclaimed breeder of English garden roses. David Austin Wedding & Gift Roses is a luxury line of cut garden roses bred exclusively for floral decor and prized by top floral designers worldwide for their unique beauty, fragrance and romantic appeal.