FlowerSchool New York: Master Class with Ariella Chezar
Our online editor attends a class taught by florist Ariella Chezar and share some of Chezar's tips for creating a natural, full but loose centerpiece. Chezar favors a more relaxed style of arranging that is inspired by the way plants grow in the garden and is a move away from the tightly bundled style of flower arranging.
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Chezar is known for her natural and loose style of flower arranging, popular with brides across the country. Raised in the Berkshires, she moved back to her family home in 2003. She described being inspired by the plants on the side of the road and in her garden and how she uses all of these natural elements as inspiration for her arrangements.
Tip: For natural-looking arrangements, avoid using Oasis flower foam if possible, says Chezar. Floral foam, she points out, can hold flower stems at any angle, often resulting in stiff and artificial-looking displays of flowers. For this arrangement, she uses a flower frog attached to the bottom of the footed compote with florist sticky clay.