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Arranged Marriages (of flowers, of course)


Arranged Marriages (of flowers, of course) – Why this name for a blog? In past years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel widely in France. On most trips, I’ve heard French people talking about the “mariage” (French spelling) of a certain wine, or cheese, or pate when consumed with a specific dish. Although I lack a strong command of the language, I could tell by their animation that they were very excited about an ultimate taste experience!

It is an ultimate visual experience to see flowers arranged in a perfectly suited container and placed in a setting where the colors and character of the arrangement bring the space to life. This is also a “mariage”! …. a beautifully arranged marriage.

The flower arrangement doesn’t have to be big to bring enjoyment or turn heads. Even a tiny container deserves the same care and can attract many a look. Carefully choosing flower colors and containers with the right character are critical steps in the flower design process. These are basics that lead to beautifully arranged marriages of flowers.

floral arrangementThroughout my years as manager and lead floral designer at The Behnke Florist in Potomac, it was my pleasure to arrange flowers for many parties and special gatherings being held in the homes of treasured, loyal customers.

Asking about colors, containers, and settings for use was always the most critical part of understanding the client’s vision for the finished floral arrangement.

In following blogs I will explore other elements that contribute to your decisions about what is needed for creating that harmonious arranged marriage (of flowers, of course). Until then, think about your favorite flowers and arranging styles. Shop for flowers, and warm a heart by creating your own Valentine arrangement for someone special or just for you.

Posted By: Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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