It started a few days before New Year’s Eve and it still hasn’t stopped. It’s been pouring or drizzling in Singapore for a little over two weeks now and the temp has dropped drastically. I’m not complaining or anything but wearing full-length pants is a pain.
Last Saturday was chilly and cloudy too, perfect weather for some long tau foo and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Since I was invited to attend a flower arrangement workshop at The Better Florist, I pushed myself out of bed and skipped to their Clarke Quay HQ.
I love flowers and leaves (have you seen my #BaeLeafProject on my Instagram, yet?).
I’ve always wanted to learn how to artfully arrange flowers but never really got around to it. And although Elijah of A Better Florist makes it looks like a breeze, it’s hard work y’all. Just organically imagining a beautiful arrangement or symmetrically folding rice paper is no easy task.
Our instructor picked out a cheerful collection of flowers for us – some champagne coloured China roses (still can’t stop staring at them. they are glorious, I tell you), yellow roses, magenta gerberas, white eustomas and deep green leaves for fillers. He was patient and took time to give personal tips to each student during the 2-hour lesson. I think this class is perfect if you’re a first time flower arranging enthusiast like me and the 12 other girls that attended.
I’m not going to disclose ALL the tips I learnt because I feel you have to be in the presence of an expert to get it right the first time. But I’ll share two things that I think are pure gold.
1. Flowers Need Food Too
At the end of the class, before we took our pretty arrangements home, Elijah gave us a little packet of flower food. Apparently, after you’ve transferred the flowers from the bouquet to a vase, you can still keep them fresh for weeks with a pinch of “food”. Simply cut the stems a little every day at a 45 deg angle and sprinkle this magic potion into the water.
2. Things You Need
This was one of the most important things that I took away from this lesson. To put together a beautiful arrangement, you need more than fresh flowers (duh). You need foam cut in certain shape, rice paper, crystal bag to keep the water in, tape, scissors, a beautiful ribbon and an eye for beauty.
If you want to attend a workshop, write to A Better Florist at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at +65 8742 4030. One workshop will cost you $32.74 (early birds) and $42.99.
Disclaimer: This blogger was given a complimentary flower workshop in exchange of a review. All of the content and opinions in this post are my own.