Feb 12, 2024
Five tips for a beautiful bouquet from garden stems Creating a display of home-grown flowers from your garden is hugely rewarding, and a home made bouquet makes for a heart-felt gift.Floral expert Kim O’Brien, who leads hands-on spring garden flower bouquet workshops at the Spring Fair, has shared her top five tips for how you can get a stunning result.Find out more about, and book onto, the Spring Bouquet workshops at the Spring Fair, here. Then read on for the ultimate guide to a home-grown bouquet! 1. Choose your foliage carefullySelecting the right foliage is crucial for creating a visually appealing and balanced floral arrangement. Incorporating at least two different types of foliage can add depth and interest to your design. Look for varieties that contrast in colour, form, and texture to create a dynamic composition. For example, you might combine feathery ferns with broad, glossy leaves to achieve a pleasing contrast. 2. Condition your flowers thoroughlyProper conditioning of flowers is essential for maximising their vase life. Before arranging your flowers, it’s important to remove any leaves that will be submerged in water, as these can harbour bacteria and lead to premature wilting. Additionally, trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle and placing them in clean water will help ensure optimal hydration and longevity. 3. Avoid toxic microplastics and floral foamEnvironmental considerations are increasingly important in floral design.Rather than relying on traditional floral foam, which is non-biodegradable and can release harmful microplastics. Consider eco-friendly alternatives such as floral frog pins, chicken wire, or willow lattice. These options provide support for arranging flowers while minimising environmental impact. 4. Be bold in your flower choicesWhen selecting flowers for your arrangement, don’t shy away from bold and impactful choices. Mixing large accent flowers with smaller filler blooms can create a dynamic contrast in size, shape, and colour. Experiment with complementary colours to create visual interest and make a statement with your arrangement. 5. Keep your blooms hydrated To ensure your flowers stay fresh and vibrant for as long as possible, it’s important to keep them well-hydrated. Cutting the stems at a 45-degree angle helps facilitate water uptake, while changing the water every other day prevents bacterial growth and maintains water quality. By following these simple steps, you can extend the vase life of your blooms and enjoy their beauty for longer. Looking for even more tips? Join floral expert Kim O’Brien at the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair for a hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn how best to arrange seasonal garden blooms. You’ll get to take away your bouquet away with you on the day, to brighten up your home. Find out more about workshops here, and use the links below to book! BOOK TICKETS AND A WORKSHOP ADD A WORKSHOP TO YOUR BOOKING All the latest Gardeners’ World news from the Show Team can be found at the blog.