5 Tips for Botanical Arrangements

We’re excited to announce an expansion of our business with the inclusion of our botanical specialist. We’d like you to meet Betsy, our new floral designer.

Growing up in the state of Indiana, Betsy has always been around flowers and gardens. As an adult, she honed her skills and knowledge of botanicals and their compatibility while working in a nursery in Pacific Grove, a town just outside Monterey, California. She developed her design eye, working as a graphic designer for years eventually finding her way exclusively in botanical design. Betsy has extensive experience working in both dried and silk flowers and is very enthusiastic about being a part of our team.

We asked Betsy to give us a few tips on botanicals to help you think about the kind of arrangement that works best for you whether you’re working with a designer or just trying it out on your own.

1. Know Your Style

Do you like more traditional decor? Or, are you a fan of contemporary design? Knowing your taste in design style will help you decide what types of flowers and greenery to choose. Betsy says that: sometimes, you can contrast styles, don’t be afraid of something different from your interior space or your comfort zone. And by all means, don’t be afraid of color!

2. Choose the Right Container

Containers can make or break the space. Choose the appropriate height for the setting. For instance: if it’s going to be on a kitchen table, you want it low enough to see over and around it.

Also, think about the color and texture of the container. These two elements will provide the direction for your design.

3. Choose the Appropriate Botanicals

How will the arrangement be viewed? Will it be just from the front, three sides or from all sides? Knowing this will inform your decision regarding where showier flowers will appear in the arrangement. Keep in mind that you want to contrast size, color and texture to make a more interesting arrangement. At the same time, look for balance in the types of botanicals and foliage you choose. This will help you achieve a more natural design in your arrangement.

4. Allow for Variation in Height

As mentioned above, a more natural look will be achieved if the flowers have variations in height. If you cut your stems too short, you make adjustments. Since these are not live flowers you can always make adjustments with other materials like foam and wire.

5. Try to Create Movement in your Arrangement

When working with silks, know that you can bend the stems to give motion and direction to affect the overall arrangement. This will make the difference between an arrangement that just sits on the table and one that catches your eye and creates interest.