Eric would like Morgen to talk about the basics - What do we need to know, start to finish, to have more success with our own at-home designs, what kind of tools do we need to consider? Morgen believes the first thing one wants to think about is your VASE. Before one begins any design you want to picture what your outcome is going to be. What kind of look are you going for. In this instance Morgen was picturing a wildflower look because we are talking about gardening and what we can take from our own gardens. So pick out your vase, then round up tools for cutting and tape for the top of the vase, create a grid. You could also bring in things like rose strippers to help you prep your flowers. Basically a lot of the same tools we use in the garden. So we will fill up our vase with water and then create a grid across the top with tape, which is another secret the designers use in the shop that you can kind of take home and use as well. Another little trick that one can use is that when cutting the end of a flower don't cut it straight across, cut it at an angle. That creates a larger surface area and it can suck in more water, therefor your arrangement is going to last a little bit longer.
By Susan Martin for Proven Winners,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
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