Tag: Downtown Kitchener

a moment to savour – hope spring holiday home tour

November 7, 2014

The 13th annual Holiday Tour of Homes for HopeSpring kicks off the holiday season tonight and tomorrow. Every year, professional decorators and interior and exterior florists and garden centres from the Waterloo Region gather to donate their time, energy and artistic skill to transform…

pretty petals – white carnations

October 30, 2014

We love carnations.  There.  We said it!  Never thought the day would come, but we have  fallen for these simple, timeless flowers.  Carnations are not just your grandmother’s flower anymore!  These flowers are a delight to work with because they look incredible clumped together,…

pretty petals – paphiopedilum orchids

October 23, 2014

We are pretty smitten in the studio this week.  We are featuring a type of orchid that we have never had the pleasure of having – paphiopedilum, or more commonly known as the lady slipper orchid.  This particular kind of paphiopedilum is an exotic…

a moment to savour – flower crown workshop

October 17, 2014

The Living Fresh Flower School taught its first ever flower crown workshop last Friday.  It was a sold out event!  We had such a wonderful night with this keen group of ladies.  Although wiring and taping is a skill that takes much practice, our…

pretty petals – carnivorous plants

October 16, 2014

Our weekly Tuesday column is called pretty petals, yet these oddly shaped carnivorous plants are anything but pretty!  Pretty weird maybe? Pretty creepy perhaps?  But definitely not pretty. These are  pitcher plants (also known as cobra lily, bog bugles, Adam’s cup, frog bonnet, and…

a moment to savour – terrarium workshop

October 10, 2014

When we think of terrariums we automatically think of the 1970’s.  If you are over the age of 40 you probably remember having a terrarium at home.  Well guess what? They’re back!  This week we taught a workshop on the art of constructing a…

pretty petals – geraldine rose

October 2, 2014

Let us introduce you to one of our favourite pink roses called Geraldine.  Geraldine is a South American grown light pink  rose with green guard petals.  It is  classified as a medium sized rose with a bloom size of approximately 6 cm when fully…

pretty petals – autumn joy sedum

September 25, 2014

This beauty is in full flower everywhere in Southern Ontario right now!  Sedum “autumn joy” is one of the most prolific of all the fall bloomers.  There are so many things about sedum that makes it a great flower to have in the garden….

a moment to savour – langdon hall wedding

September 12, 2014

There is a reason why Langdon Hall has been chosen year after year as one of the top restaurants, spas, and wedding facilities in Canada – it is gorgeous! We had the pleasure of setting up an outdoor wedding there this week! It was…

pretty petals – viking chrysanthemum

September 11, 2014

These locally grown cuties are from the chrysanthemum family and are called viking. Strange name for a flower huh? Our Niagara growers produce this bloom year round, but are most abundant in late summer and early fall. Viking is a useful bloom for the…

european hand-tied bouquet class

September 10, 2014

It’s just one week away! Join the Living Fresh Flower School and learn how to make an impressive European style hand-tied bouquet. Our hands-on class will teach you the proper techniques to create a stunning arrangement of beautiful flowers that will stand all by…

pretty petals – succulents

September 4, 2014

Succulents have been all the rage in bridal work for the last few years. We thought we would feature some of these lovelies on our blog today. They are a fun addition to a bridal bouquet, floral arrangement or boutonniere. We enjoy the way…

a moment to savour – murdoch mysteries

August 29, 2014

We were pretty excited when we heard that our beloved landlord, The Walper Hotel, circa 1893, would become a set this week for the filming of an episode of the Murdoch Mysteries.  Filming took place both inside the hotel and out on Queen Street….

pretty petals – turtle rose

August 28, 2014

Let me introduce you to a rose that we have recently discovered called “turtle”.  Not the prettiest of names for a rose – in fact, it is somewhat nonsensical if you ask me since there is no such thing as a bright yellow turtle…

pretty petals – liatris

August 14, 2014

Liatris is a prolific perennial that grows abundantly in our Southern Ontario climate.  Commonly known as gayfeather, the liatris comes in two different colours:  purple and white.  The white is definitely my favourite of the two colours, but it is rarely grown for the floral…

pretty petals – poppy pods

August 7, 2014

Poppies are a magnificent flower.  But did you know that in the floral industry we enjoy a poppy once it has gone to seed as well?  These goofy looking pods are a neat way to add interest to a floral design.  We use them…

a moment to savour – summer school

July 25, 2014

The Living Fresh Flower School taught its first ever summer school session this week.  We had a blast!  Our talented group of ladies were full of energy. They designed their hearts out all week long! We couldn’t be more proud of the progress that…

pretty petals – shasta daisies

July 24, 2014

Shasta daisies are plentiful in the perennial gardens of Ontario right now. The expression “fresh as a daisy” is certainly applicable in this case – the crisp white blossoms of the shasta daisy livens up any garden. Shasta daisies are an excellent choice if…

a moment to savour – we’re expanding!

May 24, 2014

As each week draws to a close its good for the soul to recapture some of the wonderful moments that lead you to the week’s end. It is essential not to take the little things for granted – celebrate their awesomeness through a weekly…

52 objects in the studio – work benches

May 21, 2014

Our flower studio is bursting at the seams. We utilize every square inch of our space – and love every bit of it! We are surrounded by the vintage, the reconditioned, the antique, and the new. Everything that we have in the shop has…

pretty petals – lavender

May 1, 2014

Lavender! Lavender! Lavender! We have it in the studio right now  – you can smell it the moment you walk through the door!  We are so in love with this plant right now.  We buy the plants to sell to our clients, but we…

Floral Art for the Body

April 10, 2014

Floral design  can go way beyond the vase.  Showcasing a flower with the human body as the vessel is a pure form of art.  It takes experience and a flexible mindset to create wearable floral art .  Last month we orchestrated a photo shoot…

52 objects in the studio – sap buckets

April 2, 2014

Our flower studio is bursting at the seams.  We utilize every square inch of our space – and love every bit of  it! We are surrounded by the vintage, the reconditioned, the antique, and the new.  Everything that we have in the shop has…

pretty petals – hellebores

March 27, 2014

If you are unfamiliar with a hellebore, then you are in for a real treat.  This is one of the earliest blooming perennials in our gardens here in southern Ontario – and they are fabulous!  In the studio, we often purchase potted hellebores as…

52 objects in the studio – flower cooler

March 26, 2014

Our flower studio is bursting at the seams.  We utilize every square inch of our space – and love every bit of  it! We are surrounded by the vintage, the reconditioned, the antique, and the new.  Everything that we have in the shop has…

52 objects in the studio – milk glass

March 19, 2014

Our flower studio is bursting at the seams.  We utilize every square inch of our space – and love every bit of  it! We are surrounded by the vintage, the reconditioned, the antique, and the new.  Everything that we have in the shop has…

valentine’s 2014 is in 7 days!!

February 7, 2014

Lush garden flowers from Living Fresh to say “I love you”.  Contact the studio and arrange to have something beautiful custom designed for that special someone. Red Mason Jar Garden Bouquet $40 (small) $70 (medium) $100 (large) Hand-tied Bouquet 12 Premium roses, lush greenery &…

fresh and renewed – waxed paper yogurt cup

September 24, 2013

This past Sunday, Deb and I took a little road trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market to search for some props for an upcoming project, as well as to find containers to repurpose for vases for this weekly column. We had a lot of…

fresh and renewed – antique glass bottles

September 10, 2013

I started collecting antique glass bottles back in my scuba diving days. A friend of mine got me into scrounge diving for bottles and we would spend hours underwater searching under rocks and in muck up to our elbows for glass bottles. All the…

fresh and renewed – canadian honey tin

September 4, 2013

Old vintage tins are very popular, I started collecting them a few months back and have already shared a one Fresh and Renewed post using them as a vase. You can find that posts here. For today’s post I used a vintage Canadian Honey…

fresh and renewed – twine wrapped mason jar

August 28, 2013

We are back in the studio today for this week’s Fresh and Renewed flower post. Last week I created an arrangement with flowers grown in our garden at home. This week I’m using locally grown organic flowers in a little mason jar that has…

fresh and renewed – recycled glass oil bottle

July 16, 2013

There are so many vessels and containers in our kitchens that can be repurposed into vases; have a good look at the items you are considering discarding as they could become beautiful flower vases. For today’s Fresh and Renewed flower post I found a…

garden party flower class

July 6, 2013

The Flower School’s annual Garden Party flower class was held on June 27, 2013. The studio was jam packed full of fresh garden flowers ready for our 7 lovely students to arrange into a trio of mason jars. It was such a delightful evening…

fresh and renewed – antique muffin tins

July 2, 2013

Our Fresh and Renewed column is all about inspiring you to find new purposes for very day objects, old and new, that would normally be discarded, stored in a cupboard or thrown out.  And we found the perfect objects for today’s post while thrifting at…

pretty petals – stock

June 27, 2013

Welcome to week 8 of our column entitled Pretty Petals.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

Fresh and Renewed – Betty Anne Peanut Crunch Tin

June 25, 2013

I have recently started collecting tin containers for arranging flowers in. While out thrifting I was pleasantly surprised to happen upon a Vintage turquoise Betty Anne Peanut Crunch Tin; pleasantly surprised by the fact that the tin had the name Betty Anne on it…

fresh and renewed – vintage keiller milk glass jars

June 18, 2013

This week’s Fresh and Renewed vintage James Keiller and Son marmalade jars are coming to you all they way from Dundee, Scotland. Keiller’s marmalade was first produced in Scotland in 1797 and by the late 19th century their preserves were shipped all over the world. They are believed to be…

downtown kitchener – king street art market at night

May 27, 2013

Join Living Fresh Flower Studio and School at the King Street Art Market this Friday night, May 31, from 6:00pm to midnight! We will have our booth filled with lots of terrariums, fresh flowers and potted plants! Plus, there will be giveaways, floral demonstrations…

succulent terrarium workshop

May 25, 2013

Sunday, May 19th was the date of our first ever Succulent Terrarium Workshop! It was a sold out event.  We have taught 3 closed Terrarium Workshops this term, but this was the first time we showed students the ins and outs of making an open…

pretty petals – poppies

May 16, 2013

Welcome to week two of our column entitled ‘Pretty Petals’.  Each week we will introduce you to a flower that we are working with here in the studio as well as flowers that we absolutely adore.  Please join us every Thursday for some floral…

mother’s day – send flowers

May 7, 2013

Orchids, Lavender, Fresh Herbs, Hibiscus and Medinillia are just a few of the pretty things we have in the studio for this Mother’s Day along with buckets and buckets of fresh cut flowers.  Our custom made fresh flower hand-tied bouquets always leave loved ones…

wedding flower wednesdays – purple and yellow

May 1, 2013

Back in November we had the pleasure of creating wedding flowers for an extremely wonderful couple, Erin and Aaron. These love birds were married on Saturday, November 3rd 2012 in Downtown Kitchener at the Walper Hotel; a historic boutique hotel build in 1893. The…

Sunday’s Terrarium Workshop

April 30, 2013

In biology class we learned the importance of a sustainable environment – a system that remains productive over a long period of time.  Well, this past Sunday, April 28th, the students of the Living Fresh Flower Studio and School got the chance to make…

this week in the flower studio

April 26, 2013

Before we kick off for the night here is a look into this week in the studio via our Living Fresh Instagram feed. It was a busy week with lots of hand-tied bouquets made, flower classes, flower deliveries and bridal consultations.   This week…

send flowers for administrative professional’s week

April 19, 2013

Monday is the start of Administrative Professional’s Week; Administrative Professional’s Day is on Wednesday, April 24th. Flowers are a great way to say thank you to the amazing people who support you and your business everyday! Their hard work, dedication and loyalty deserve a…

photographer on the move

March 20, 2013

Last week photographer Stephanie Canada stopped into the Living Fresh Flower Studio and School for a little photo shoot for her Photographer on the Move series. Here are few of the wonderful images she captured of our work and studio space. For more images…

cannot get enough of spring

February 19, 2013

I have to admit, I’m tired of being cold and tired of this crazy weather Mother Nature is throwing at us. I know we are to blame for it, but I’m just so ready for spring. So until it arrives I will be hiding…