Tag: Kitchener-Waterloo

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 – blueberry rose

October 9, 2014

The only thing that would make this rose called blueberry any better were if it smelled like blueberries!  This rose is divine.  It has beautiful frilly petals and lots of them.  It has a vase life of up to 10 days – until blueberry…

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….

pretty petals – cafe au lait dahlias

September 18, 2014

Dahlias are magical flowers, but oh my, you haven’t experienced real beauty until you hold a cafe au lait dahlia in your hands!  These over sized blooms are magnificent.  Often referred to as dinner plate dahlias, the cafe au lait can grow as big…

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 – prickly pear cactus

July 10, 2014

Apparently Peelee Island isn’t the only place in Ontario where Prickly Pear Cactus can thrive!  I have a glorious patch of this southern Ontario rarity right in my own backyard.  I am truly amazed every year when it bounces back after our long, harsh,…

pretty petals – lupins

July 3, 2014

Lupins are one of those flowers that have been made famous from pictures. Perhaps you have seen images such as the one below – pictures like this one just make me want to grow lupins in my garden.  I also get the itch to…

pretty petals – protea

June 26, 2014

Not many people outside the floral industry are familiar with the protea.  It is an over sized flower indigenous to South Africa.  It is said that the protea was named after the Greek god Proteus.  Proteus had the ability to change his form at…

pretty petals – primrose

June 19, 2014

Primula vulgaris, commonlyknows as primrose, has about 24 different varieties.  Most are perennials, but there are some annual varieties too.  The type of potted primrose that we sell in the studio is an annual variety.  Each spring/ early summer, we look forward to bringing…

pretty petals – forget me nots

June 12, 2014

We are smitten with this tiny flower right now. Forget-me-nots have a fun way of popping up randomly in the garden. To many people, this adorable blue flower is invasive; but to us,they are a florist’s delight. With the popularity for blue flowers on…

a moment to savour – mobile flower school

May 30, 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…

pretty petals – gypsophila

May 29, 2014

Gypsophila is most commonly known as baby’s breath.  And believe it or not it comes from the carnation family.  This poor little flower gets a bad rap.  People have come to hate baby’s breath because of the “old fashioned” stigma attached to it.  Yes,…

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…

pretty petals – allium

May 22, 2014

Did you know that allium is Latin for the word garlic? From the monocot genus, allium come from the same family as edible garlic, onions, leeks and chives. There are hundreds of species of the monocot genus, but only about a dozen are grown…

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…

Happy Mother’s Day and Contest Winner

May 11, 2014

Wishing our Mom’s and all the Mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s day! We hope your day was filled with lots of love from your sweet children and that you were spoiled with beautiful flowers. To celebrate Mother’s Day we held our Win Flowers…

pretty petals – hyacinth

March 20, 2014

If you are looking for a flower that will make an entire room smell sweet than this is the bloom for you! It has become a favourite of ours in the studio without a doubt. We make this flower available in two forms:  potted in soil,…

wedding trends bridal show – october 2013

October 22, 2013

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the Wedding Trends Bridal Show at Bingemans in Kitchener. The show was very well attended and the vendors poured their passion for weddings into their booths’ decor. Our booth, ‘NYC meets the Forest Floor’, was filled with…

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…

fresh and renewed – nellie’s laundry soda tin

July 9, 2013

For today’s Fresh and Renewed post we bring you something new, a cool laundry soda tin from Nellie’s All Natural. Deb, my amazing sidekick and partner in floral chaos, brought in this tin so it could be reused for floral arranging fun! Although it…

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…

engagement photo shoot and flower bouquet giveaway

June 17, 2013

Boy, Oh boy, do we have an awesome giveaway for all the local brides and grooms out there! Our photographer friend, Stephanie of Stephanie Canada Photography, has offered up a Engagement Mini Photo Session for one of you to win! Plus, she is giving…

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 – medinilla

May 23, 2013

Welcome to week three 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…

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…

fresh and renewed – bonne maman jam jar

May 7, 2013

As you all know I adore arranging flowers. Well did you know that whenever I can I love to design flowers in everyday containers, especially food and drink vessels? Well, to challenge my creativity I have been plotting a new blog column, something that would…

mother’s day – send flowers

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…

happy monday flower friends

April 22, 2013

Well, after a relaxing weekend we are gearing up for a very busy week of flower deliveries, flower classes and bridal consultations. Plus we are trying to get back into blogging regularly, this week we are planning on announcing two new weekly columns for…

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…

flower bouquet giveaway on Facebook

April 10, 2013

It is time to celebrate! This week we reached our 400th “Like” on our Facebook page and we would like to thank all our Facebook fans with a fresh cut hand-tied floral bouquet giveaway. The bouquet will be made fresh for the winner on…

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…

flower studio photo shoot sneak peek

March 14, 2013

Here is a sneak peek from a photo shoot with photographer Stephanie Canada, she stopped by the flower studio to capture some images of Living Fresh for her Photographer on the Move series. If you are interested in having your business photographed for her awesome series apply…

friday july 13th was a good wedding flower day

February 3, 2013

Back in July we created the flowers for Laura and Jon Paul’s wedding on Friday the 13th. We shared images of the wedding flowers in this post a few months ago, today we have images of their day to share captured by Christine Reid…

flowers for a wedding at langdon hall

June 8, 2012

As we head into the weekend I want to share some pretty wedding flowers with you! On Saturday, June 2nd, we kicked off the wedding season over here at Living Fresh! We had the pleasure of creating the florals for a simple yet elegant…

wedding saviours – free wedding contest

June 3, 2012

Living Fresh is proud to announce that we have teamed up with a bunch of great Kitchener-Waterloo wedding vendors and Wedding Saviours to throw a deserving couple a FREE wedding! Applicants make a video, take some photos and/or write about their deed well done…

garden party flower class

May 29, 2012

This past Sunday the Living Fresh Flower School threw a little Garden Party flower class! There were lots of dainty flowers, mason jars, finger sandwiches and sweets, and of course three very eager and talented students! The focus of the class was to make dainty garden…

52 objects – number twenty one

Antique Oak Framed Mirror This antique mirror is a piece I grew up with, it hung in the front entrance of our home for years. It has a solid oak frame and the mirror itself has the perfect amount of old distressed wear to…

flowery goodness for mother’s day

May 8, 2012

Here is a little peak at what we have in the works for Mother’s Day! It encompasses lots of pretty garden flowers in shades of pink, peach, coral, cream, blue and, purple; just to name a few. These images are samples only, flowers are subject to availability….

flowers and candy for mother’s day

May 3, 2012

Living Fresh has teamed up with Sweet Addictions for a fun Mother’s Day collaboration! We are creating colourful, joyous arrangements for Mom filled with flowers and candy! A floral arrangement similar to the one shown is $40 +HST and local delivery. This piece is in…

right of spring flower class

April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15th was the Living Fresh Flower School’s Right of Spring flower class. Although it was a small class, it was my favourite by far.  The flowers were bright and colourful and all the students created beautiful floral pieces. The focus of this class was to use…

wednesday’s flowers – valentine’s day red

February 8, 2012

With Valentine’s Day only six days away, I want to use today’s Wednesday’s Flower post to discuss Valentine’s Day flowers and the use of the colour. We all are very familiar with the traditional 24 long stemmed red roses for the occasion but has…

blog anniversary flower bouquet winner and a happy friday

February 3, 2012

Happy Friday friends! Hope you all have fun plans for your weekend! The Living Fresh Flower School is holding it’s first flower class of 2012 this Sunday, Tropical Paradise. The studio is packed full of gorgeous tropical flowers for the students to play with. Stay tuned…

flower giveaway + 2 year blogging anniversary

February 2, 2012

This week marks our 2 year blogging anniversary as well as 2 years of our weekly Wednesday’s Flowers column, so we want to celebrate. To celebrate we are giving away a fresh cut hand-tied flower bouquet valued at $100! The bouquet will be made fresh…

living fresh flower school – new flower classes

January 13, 2012

The Living Fresh Flowers School’s new flower class line up! To register for all classes please go to our website. It’s winter. We live in Canada. Enough said. Since most of us can only dream of flying off to a tropical destination, the Living…

New Flower Classes for 2012

December 15, 2011

For more information and to register please go to the Living Fresh Flower School’s website.

holiday living – woodland inspired outdoor decor

December 13, 2011

Imagine a stroll through the woods; walking amongst nature, smelling the earthy natural fragrance of the great outdoors, seeing lush textures of trees, branches, leaves and moss against a December sky. This was the inspiration for this outdoor decor: Ingredients: BC Cedar Boughs Birch Poles and…

holiday gift guide – local artists

December 9, 2011

With this weekend being one of the busiest shopping weekends of the holiday why not save yourself some major time, frustration and stress and shop from the comfort of your home or at one of the local galleries in Kitchener-Waterloo? Our tri-city is filled with fabulous artists who would…

Rubies and Gold Flower Class

December 5, 2011

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but rubies and gold are lifelong partners.  These coupled classic tones are timeless and rich; but that is not to say that they cannot offer your December holiday dining table a contemporary twist. The focus of this…

living fresh flower school made the paper

October 25, 2011

If you missed it, the Living Fresh Flower School made the New Ventures section of the Waterloo Region Record.  We are so happy our little school was promoted in our local paper! (image: The Waterloo Region Record)

Galt Country Club Bridal Show

October 20, 2011

We excited to announce that we will be showing off our wedding florals at the first annual Galt Country Club Bridal Show on Sunday, November 20th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and we hope you can join us! The Galt Country Club is a stunning venue…

Moulin Rouge Flower Class and a Sweet Deal

October 17, 2011

Have we got a sweet deal for you!!!  Our Moulin Rouge flower class is on Sunday, October 30th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is $125 plus HST.  Sign up for this class between Monday, October 17th and Friday, October 21st at 2:00 pm and you…

Flower Class – Marie Antoinette

September 30, 2011

Please join us on Sunday, October 16th from 1 to 4 pm at the Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo for our Marie Antoinette flower class.  The class is $125 and you will be going home with a gorgeous arrangement valued at $100, plus lots…

Colour Theory – Purple Flower Class

September 19, 2011

Yesterday, Sunday, September 18, 2011, was the Living Fresh Flower School’s first flower class, Colour Theory – Purple and it was a total success!  There was a bit of purple colour theory, lots of purple flowers, lush greenery, cupcakes and purple buttons!  Yupp, buttons, the class was…

Flower Classes Are Starting Soon

August 11, 2011

Here are all the Living Fresh Flower School’s upcoming flower classes starting this fall at the Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo: Colour Theory – Purple Whether it is amethyst, eggplant, or magenta, purple is a colour of greatness.  It is both fiery red and…