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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Last week, I had a chance to take a class with Ariella Chezar at New York's FlowerSchool. Located on the far east side of Midtown Manhattan, tucked inside a pretty ground-floor studio, the school offers classes with well-known florists for students of every level.
As the online editor of GardenDesign.com, I often edit and read our articles about flower arranging, but sometimes, I must admit, my theoretical knowledge outstrips my actual knowledge. So I was thrilled to be able to be able to put some of my book learning to use in this class. Almost all of my fellow students were florists, so I was the amateur among pros, but I had a great time. I've put together a slide show with some tips and thoughts about how you can recreate some of Chezar's style at home.
Left: Ariella Chezar (left) with Eileen Johnson, founder of FlowerSchool.