Tag: Living Fresh Flower Studio and School

Joy Thigpen’s Whistler Workshop

February 24, 2015

Back in the fall of 2014 I had the pleasure of attending Joy Thigpen‘s Creative Direction and Styling workshop in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. If you are a wedding professional, stylist or photographer who cares about aesthetics and creating authentic weddings and photo shoots…

Portugal Inspired Photo Shoot | Grey Likes Weddings

February 2, 2015

We loved creating the colourful florals for this Portugal inspired photo shoot that was published on Grey Likes Weddings! We had a blast working with an amazing team of wedding vendors at the Hacienda Sarria. All the stunning photography by Photographs by Caileigh.   Check it out…

pretty petals – scabiosa pods

November 13, 2014

It is hard to believe that the beautiful scabiosa flower becomes this unique looking pod once the bloom goes to seed.  These funny little balls remind me of the velco type burrs that cling to your pant legs when you encounter a patch of…

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 – 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 – 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….

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…

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…

Wedding Flowers – 10 Year Anniversary Photo Shoot

August 25, 2014

         All Images by Melissa Weber Photography For their 10th wedding anniversary, Stephanie Canada, decided to surprise her husband Medardo with a photo shoot to have their wedding photos redone. Stephanie, a wedding photographer and the owner of Stephanie Canada Photography, was never…

Wedding Flowers – Gambrel Barn in Milton

August 18, 2014

All images by Diana Marie Photography We love seeing our flowers adorning a stunning bride and groom on the happiest day of their lives! And Jessica and Daniel’s wedding was that and so much more.  Their day was simple but incredibly gorgeous! They were married…

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…

pretty petals – cosmos

July 31, 2014

My favourite kind of flower is the kind that you can grow, without fail, right in your own backyard.  Cosmos definitely fits into that category.  Cosmos are annual flowers in our Southern Ontario climate, but you may find that,  from time to time, they…

Cover Girl – Canadian Florist

July 26, 2014

  Never in my life have I ever wished to be a cover girl but Canadian Florist Magazine decided to throw my smiling face on the cover of their July/August 2014 issue! They also selected me as one of the top 10 florists under 40 for…

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…

pretty petals – thlapsia

July 17, 2014

Let us introduce you to thlapsia, commonly known as green bell or penny cress. It’s a newcomer to the the floral industry. We like to think of it as the new baby’s breath!  It is a delicate, filler flower that serves the dual purpose…

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 – keira garden roses

June 5, 2014

Keira. Isn’t she a beauty?  Keira is one of David Austin’s prize cut roses.  According to the David Austin growers, Keira “breaks all the normal rules for the cut flower industry, because each rose is subtly different in colour”  This is what we have…

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…

a moment to savour – living fresh pop-up shop

May 16, 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 – cappuccino ranunculus

May 15, 2014

Any ranunculus is a good ranunculus!  We have featured many varieties of this flower over the years on our blog, but have never shown off the cappuccino kind.  Isn’t it pretty? This delicate tissue-like flower has the same dainty qualities as all its brothers…

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 – coral charm peonies

May 8, 2014

Because the season for peonies is such a short one, this flower is a coveted one.  And although we are partial to all peonies, we have a particular love for paeonia coral charm. This peony is one of the earlier bloomers and is a…

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…

pretty petals – magnolia branches

April 24, 2014

A blossoming magnolia tree is an incredible specimen.  And although we don’t have the climate for the well-known Southern Magnolia (magnolia grandiflora),  here in Southern Ontario we have many hardy varieties as well.  The Saucer Magnolia is the most prolific of the varieties you…

pretty petals – air plants

April 17, 2014

We know that aren’t really that pretty, nor do they contain petals, but air plants have been one of the most popular botanicals in our shop this year, so they deserve a blog column to call their own. Air plants are epiphytes:  they feed from water…

52 objects in the studio – vintage stools

April 16, 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…

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…

pretty petals – dendrobium orchids

Since ancient times, orchids have been celebrated in China for their beauty. These unique flowers are appreciated for their symbolism of nobility, friendship, and refinement.  Even today, the orchid still remains one of the most sought after flowers to mark a special occasion.  So…

a moment to savour – Ludwig!

April 4, 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 – baroness garden rose

April 3, 2014

We love baroness.  It’s a garden rose so that shouldn’t surprise you!  Baroness has the perfect spiral that garden roses have become famous for.  Once fully open, it is a very flat rose.  As far as longevity goes, this flower outlives many of its…

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…

Wedding Flowers – Prisz + Deo | Bellamere Winery

March 31, 2014

(All images by Diana Marie Photography) In just three short months, Priszcilla and Deonisie planned their beautiful, rustic, fall wedding at Bellamere Winery in London, Ontario.  We were so excited for this wedding as our dear friends; Diana and James from Diana Marie Photography were photographing the couple’s…

a moment to savour – Canada Blooms

March 28, 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 – 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…

A Moment to Savour – Chapel Designers NYC

March 21, 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 – 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,…

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…

pretty petals – muscari (grape hyacinth)

March 13, 2014

This fun little bulb flower is a favourite of ours this time of the year.  Its dainty flowers reminds us of spring!  The Muscari is a blue flower that varies from pale shades to extremely dark (almost black).  It gets its common name, grape…

pretty petals – tulips

March 6, 2014

Receiving a bouquet of tulips in the dead of winter is so unexpected.  What a delight!  They have become one of our biggest sellers in the last month – probably because we have had such a severe winter here in Southern Ontario.   Our studio…

52 objects in the studio – floral knives

March 5, 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…

Living Fresh Spotlight – Kokedama

March 1, 2014

The month of March is Kokedama month at the Living Fresh Flower Studio and School.  What the heck are Kokedama?? Kokedama is a new word to many gardening enthusiasts on this side of the world.  Kokedama is Japanese in origin and when translated to English it…

Wedding Flowers – Margaret + Jeremy | Cambridge Mill

February 18, 2014

(All images by the very talented Nikki Mills) Margaret and Jeremy were married on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Church in Guelph. Their wedding reception was held at the beautiful Cambridge Mill. Their special day was captured by Toronto photographer Nikki Mills….

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 &…

pretty petals – cloni ranunculus

November 21, 2013

This week was an exciting one for us at the flower market in Toronto! We wandered in to the “new arrivals” section at FlueraMetz only to discover something completely magical – cloni ranunculus or pon pon ranunculus. We have never seen anything quite like…

pretty petals – cymbidium orchids

November 14, 2013

10 Reasons why we love the cymbidium orchid: 1. Cymbidiums are timeless. They are your grandmother’s flower, your mother’s flower, and your flower. The cymbidium has been used in wedding flowers and corsages for many years. No matter the decade, you will never regret…

pretty petals – commercial fall mums

October 31, 2013

Commercial chrysanthemums (mums for short) come in an out of fashion almost as frequently as carnations. An although the carnation is still going strong, the commercial mum is starting to phase out. In an attempt to keep the trend from fizzling, growers are getting…

pretty petals – kale

October 24, 2013

These past few weekends have been busy ones for gardeners and farmers alike. It’s time to harvest the last bit of fall veggies. About two weeks ago I pulled up the remainder of our kale and we enjoyed meals of all things kale. This…

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…

pretty petals – celosia

October 17, 2013

Welcome to another week of pretty petals where we like to write about flowers that inspire us. Well, you’re in for a doozie this week!  We’ve chosen celosia. This is by far the flower we get asked what the heck is that?? the most….

pretty petals – phalaenopsis orchids

October 10, 2013

Orchids orchids and orchids! This type of flower used to be synonymous with the rich and the royal. They were once only available to the affluent societies. Importation of these rare beauties from the various parts of Asia used to come with a hefty…

pretty petals – gladiola

October 3, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-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 – crockery inkwell

October 2, 2013

For our Fresh and Renewed post today we have another Aberfoyle Antique Market find, a crockery inkwell. The moment I spied this little gem I had visions of a mini flower arrangements full of texture and large blooms. I’m sad to report that the…

pretty petals – colchicum

September 26, 2013

Welcome to week twenty-one 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…