3 Floral Design Principals Worth Mentioning

I had the pleasure of holding a workshop at Unbridled, a stunning bridal shop in Courtenay, B.C. It was there that I met Jas, an incredibly warm women who writes and captures her adventures in motherhood, travel, style, events & home. Through out the evening, as I was doing my rounds, we discussed many things; creativity, gardening, the importance of ‘me' time’, and how much we LOVE flowers.

In between designing her arrangement, Jas was snapping photos of the evening and kindly asked to write about the workshop on her blog, Lovely Rituals. I was flattered!

Jas’ stunning creation! I love the attitude that anemone is giving.  Image: Jasmen Christoph

Jas’ stunning creation! I love the attitude that anemone is giving.
Image: Jasmen Christoph

I shared with her my most three important principals in any floral design project I take on, whether it’s bridal bouquets, centrepieces, headdresses, or floral installations. It’s worth noting — these are not pragmatic principals of design, rather concepts that compliment my own approach to floral design. Enjoy :)

1. Explore your local surroundings.

I guarantee that you have someone who grows flowers nearby, either for a living or for simple joy. Buy local when possible and forage responsibly.

Some flowers and natural elements you may find grown on Vancouver Island, by season are:


Anemone, ranunculus, daffodils, tulips, forsythia, sweet peas, ocean spray, flowering fruit tree blossoms


Dahlias, zinnias, amaranth, nigella, feverfew, Queen Anne’s Lace, roses, scabiosa, foxglove, snap dragon, eremerus


Sunflowers, rudbeckia, scabiosa, amaranth, mums, grasses, seed pods, dried stems


Pine, cedar, fir, hemlock, magnolia, boxwood, holly, hawthorne, huckleberry, cones, snowberry

2. Honour colour.

Not every arrangement needs greenery, in the traditional sense of the term. For me, 'greenery' (elements that are green) are fabulous when green is what is needed, but try this: explore using elements that compliment and enhance the palate you have chosen. Perhaps this means a branch of autumn leaves or a handful of dried summer grasses. The leaves act as ‘greenery’, yet may compliment the palate of autumn nicer than green; the naturalness of the grasses may enhance the muted tones of summer. 

Image: Jasmen Christoph

Image: Jasmen Christoph

3. Turn off and tune in.

Really delve into your experience and minimize external distractions. Allow yourself some quiet moments to plan but then simply begin by letting yourself go, free of self-doubt and Pinterest-xiety. Show some self-compassion by giving yourself some unadulterated, judgement-free moments of play. If you become stuck or feel frustrated, walk away and return with fresh eyes.