Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 11:10
For 20 years, New York–based floral designer Ariella Chezar has crafted remarkable flower arrangements for the White House, the pages of shelter magazines, countless parties, and the popular Flower School New York. Now, she’s sharing her secrets in the new book The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press, $25). “I want people to come away with a solid understanding of my approach to combining colors,” says Chezar. “Building on tones is a very practical and, dare I say, easy way to ensure that the flowers you choose will work together.” Growing up in the country gave Chezar a deep appreciation for nature, and she lets her creations of flowers, branches, and fruits go just a little bit wild as a result. The book offers step-by-step guides to more than 45 seasonal displays, from simple single-flower bouquets to a curtain of vividly orange marigolds. “The process of making a flower arrangement involves many of the same principles that go into making fine art,” writes Chezar. She takes on the roles of both painter and florist, keeping color, texture, focal points, and the flower varieties themselves in mind as she builds her enviable arrangements. With the help of Chezar’s lessons, you can make them too, whether you need a Monday pick-me-up or a centerpiece for your next party.
Here, stems of vibrant blue delphiniums fade from deep cobalt to pale robin’s egg.
A mix of dramatic parrot tulips and the larger French variety in peaches, yellows, and corals will always be a crowd-pleaser.
Autumnal euonymus branches, with leaves tinged red and orange, are complemented by dahlias in shades of pink. “The beauty of a branch lies in its architecture,” writes Chezar.
When a special occasion calls for a more elaborate display, Chezar’s arrangement inspired by Dutch paintings fits the bill. It features a plethora of spring flowers, including tulips, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.
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