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Floral News

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Floral Design by Ann Benjamin, AIFD PFCI

You've spent the last three months planning a large corporate event. Everything has gone relatively smooth during the planning stages. A few changes along the way, but no big deal. You are quite pleased with the floral product that arrived. All of the centerpieces have been completed, the delivery van is loaded and on the way to the even for set-up. So far, so good.

Upon arrival at the venue you discover that at the last minute your client added three more tables of ten, neglected to tell you about the addition - and they all need centerpieces! What will you do? Many florists have been in this situation and were forced to think on their feet, creating a centerpiece with spare flowers from the “repair” bucket in a serving dish found in the hotel kitchen!

Adaptability. It's one of the primary characteristics that floral designers should posses. The ability to change, or change something, to suit different conditions or a different purpose is crucial to designers. After all, sometimes a designer has to find amake a silk purse out of a sow's ear. To create something excellent from seemingly impossible materials is a task a designer masters everyday.

The same goes for the hardgood materials designers' work with day in and day out. Finding ways to make an ordinary utility container something much more special is an art in itself. Turn a container upside down or on its side, glue two together, cut it, paint it, or add decorative touches. All of these techniques demonstrate your adaptability and capability to modify things to suit different purposes or conditions.

Take a look at the designs on the pages to follow. The designs have been composed in plain watertight molded fiber container. Sure, the shapes are different, but in layman's terms these pots were once known as paper Mache. Each design has a distinctly different look and use than the other. Some aren't even used for flowers!

What's your adaptability factor?

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