OASIS® Black Floral Foam Changing Floral Designs

OASIS® Black Floral Foam Changing Floral Designs

Black Floral Foam Changing your Design Possibilities With one simple yet brilliant why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-before change, your floral design possibilities will expand this Spring. How? Black floral foam. Specifically, OASIS® Noir Ideal Floral Foam, which has similar properties to other OASIS® Floral Foam but is black, the colour every other colour seems to want to displace. With Noir, [...]

How do outdoor weddings differ from indoor?

How do outdoor weddings differ from indoor?

Backyard, Outdoor & Micro Wedding Flower Planning Tips How do outdoor weddings differ from indoor? Due to Covid-19 restrictions for public gatherings, florists are finding themselves planning and installing more outdoor wedding flowers. Unlike designing for indoor events, there’s direct sun, rain, and heat to consider with backyard or garden weddings.With guest lists limited to [...]

4 Wedding Flower Styles Adapted for Micro Weddings

4 Wedding Flower Styles Adapted for Micro Weddings

4 Wedding Flower Styles Adapted for Micro Weddings Do you want maximum flower style for your micro weddings in 2020 and 2021? We know that fresh flower designs provide the refresh-your-spirit calming and healing qualities we all need due to Covid-19 restrictions. We also know we need to refresh our design styles to meet today’s [...]

Vertical Floral Design Mechanics

Vertical Floral Design Mechanics

Height is fascinating, Don't you think? There are skyscrapers, sky diving also of course the stiletto heel! Floral designs are no exception to this fascination. This year vertical arrangements are surging in popularity. Height in floral designs commands attention furthermore the practical benefit of using less surface space. Buildings and shoes, require solving mechanical challenges. [...]

Can flowers help heal the world when this is all over?

Can flowers help heal the world when this is all over?

Laura Daluga Wednesday, May 6, 2020 We’ve all seen the meme running making the rounds on Facebook that reads, “When this is all over, I’m throwing the biggest St. Patrick’s Easter de Mayo of July party anyone’s ever seen!” As a major cog in the special events industry, florists’ work adds that special touch to [...]

Richard Go – MIFGS 2020

Richard Go – MIFGS 2020

Richard Go - MIFGS 2020 Blooms will fill the air with perfume and awaken your senses at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in 2020, hosted in the stunning heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. Showcasing the best floral talent from Australia and around the world, join us in a celebration of flowers. Are you [...]

ROSE CARE & HANDLING

ROSE CARE & HANDLING

ROSE CARE & HANDLING VALENTINE’S DAY ROSE CARE & HANDLING BY SHARON MIKULINSKI, GLOBAL MARKETING DIRECTOR, FLORALIFE Valentine’s day is just around the corner and the staple item in every flower cooler?  Roses of course!  Generally, shipments of fresh cut roses are received 5-7 days prior to Valentine’s. With the biggest volume being picked up [...]

A Floral Challenge

A Floral Challenge

A Floral Challenge – Working Outside your Comfort Zone October 8, 2019 Love a design challenge? Enjoy connecting with floral designers who are equally passionate about learning new techniques? Patience Pickner AIFD, PFCI, SDCF and Ace Berry AIFD, PFCI not only love a A Floral Challenge & design challenge, they love challenging other designers. The [...]

2017 Designz® Cup National Winner

2017 Designz® Cup National Winner

2017 Designz® Cup National Winner 2017 Designz® Cup National Winner Theme: Marquee Madness National Winner - Stephanie Ho Congratulations to Stephanie Ho from Western Australia on becoming the 2017 National Winner. She used vibrant colours when interpreting the racing theme and was especially inspired by the Winner's Trophy and striving to win. The Schweppes Bar was also inspirational with its strong use [...]

2016 Designz® Cup National Winner

2016 Designz® Cup National Winner

2016 Designz® Cup National Winner 2016 Designz® Cup National Winner Theme: Tribute to a Painter National Winner - Kathleen Horton Congratulations to Kathleen Horton from Marjorie Milner College in North Balwyn, Victoria for obtaining the highest Designz® Cup score in 2016. Kathleen based her design on a painting entitled Circles in a Circle and painted by Kandinsky in 1923. She spent hours wrapping [...]

2015 Designz® Cup National Winner

2015 Designz® Cup National Winner

2015 Designz® Cup National Winner Theme: Beauty Down Under National Winner - Sarah Lawrence Congratulations to Sarah Lawrence from Southbank Institute of Technology in Queensland for obtaining the highest Designz® Cup score in 2015. She created a nest that demonstrated the architectural prowess of the Satin Bower Bird. Her design was crafted out of vines and twigs while eggshells were carved [...]

2014 Designz® Cup National Winner

2014 Designz® Cup National Winner

2014 Designz® Cup National Winner Theme:Bring a Book to Life National Winner - Bettina Van Dijk Congratulations to Bettina Van Dijk from Challenger Institute of TAFE in Western Australia for obtaining the highest Designz® Cup score in 2014. ​ She interpreted the Ned Kelly story by Peter FitzSimons when she brought a book life at [...]

2012 Designz® Cup

2012 Designz® Cup

2012 Designz® Cup National Winner Theme: Magic of Movies National Winner - Lauren Black Congratulations to Lauren Black from Flowers Design School in Perth for her high score in 2012. “I’ve always adored penguins with their cute little waddles - how could you not! My inspiration came from the story of Mumbles who couldn’t find his heart song and [...]

2011 designz®Cup

2011 designz®Cup

2011 designz®Cup National Winner Theme: Painting with Passion National Winner - Michelle Arland  Congratulations to Michelle Arland from Tea Tree Gully Campus, TAFE SA for achieving the highest total marks across all states in 2011. Michelle Arland was inspired by the work of the Californian Impressionist Jessie Arms Botke who travelled to Europe in 1909 to experience [...]

2009 Designz® Cup

2009 Designz® Cup

2009 Designz® Cup Theme: “Once Upon a Time…..” Capture your favourite fairy tale in a dazzling design. National Winner - Kathryn Amor Kathryn Amor of Marjorie Milner College is congratulated on winning the national Designz® Cup award in 2009. Finger-crocheted snakes of OASIS® White Deco cord were flattened into discs before Kathryn drove over them several [...]

2008 Designz® Cup

2008 Designz® Cup

2008 Designz® Cup Theme: Dancing with Bling Capture your favourite dance in a creative design. National Winner - Kim Pham Congratulations to Kim Pham of the Flower Design School in Perth for her stunning interpretation of our 2008 theme.​ She said that a couple waltzing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame inspired her design. “Using OASIS® [...]

Wedding Cake Tablecloth with 1,800 Roses

Wedding Cake Tablecloth with 1,800 Roses

The 4 C’s of Creating a Show-Stopping Wedding Cake Tablecloth with 1,800 Roses Photo credit: Stehlik Foto So a bride asks her florist to create ‘something no one has seen before’ with fresh flowers, she’s asking for a real showstopper. Ian Prosser AIFD, PFCI was asked to transform an understated four-tiered wedding cake into an [...]

33 Quick Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

33 Quick Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

What is the No. 1 consumer objection to buying flowers? Longevity. Fresh is the key word to retaining repeat customers for flower arrangements. In addition to deterring people from buying flowers, wilted-too-soon flowers can hurt your profits and also reputation. So what can you do to ensure your flowers stay fresher longer? Here are 33 quick [...]

Pampas Grass Ceremony Circles

Pampas Grass Ceremony Circles

Pampas Grass Ceremony Circles Made Easier Pampas grass and circular ceremony designs. If you’re designing for weddings or events today, you’re hearing those terms, often together. Glance through Pinterest and you’ll see pampas grass wedding décor and circle ceremony designs topping the trends. It’s a great combination. For many weddings and other events, pampas grass [...]

Create Fabulous Floral Fashion

Create Fabulous Floral Fashion

How to Create Fabulous Floral Fashion your Clients will Really Wear Photo: @rustingudim There’s botanical couture designed for shows. Then there are these 13 stunning floral scarves, vests and bodices that people will love to wear. Hence offering wearable floral couture like these designs can set your floral business apart. Or, like Carol Jillian of Jillian [...]

4 Easy Steps for Creating Trend-Savvy Botanical Headpieces

4 Easy Steps for Creating Trend-Savvy Botanical Headpieces

By: Ted Mishima/Mishima Photography Reviving old ideas in new ways is fun, especially when doing so ignites a passion for something as creative as botanical headpieces. Françoise Weeks was inspired to try something new when an email arrived from photographer Ted Mishima five years ago. Mishima was exploring 1890s photography and discovered botanical headpieces by European [...]

Valentine’s Day Floral Design Checklist

Valentine’s Day Floral Design Checklist

 Valentine’s Day Floral Design Checklist - Two Weeks to go! Consumers imagine red roses and love. You see all-nighters and a rush to get every arrangement delivered on time! Valentine’s Day, the leading holiday for giving fresh flowers, is just two weeks away! What steps can you take now to fine-tune your shop for this [...]

Want Drama? Elevate Floral Designs 4 Ways

Want Drama? Elevate Floral Designs 4 Ways

Want Drama? Elevate Floral Designs 4 Ways Want Drama? Elevate Floral Designs 4 Ways Why are elevated designs the rage for event flowers? “It’s all about the drama,” answers Chris Norwood AIFD, PFCI and vice president of Tipton & Hurst in Little Rock, Arkansas. “I’d rather sell one great design as the focal point of a room [...]

He Created Floral Doorway Art.

He Created Floral Doorway Art.

He Created Floral Doorway Art. Here's How it Became a Sensation. All photos: Neill Strain Floral Couture He Created Floral Doorway Art. Here's How it Became a Sensation. Can floral doorway displays showcase your flower artistry and promote your business for a decade? They can when your designs are so sensationally gorgeous they literally stop traffic. Internationally-acclaimed [...]

Create a Spectacular Flower Chandelier

Create a Spectacular Flower Chandelier

Create a Spectacular Flower Chandelier using Floral Foam Tiles What’s your first step when a bride asks for a large and dramatic fresh flower design you’ve never done before? “Getting over the fear of doing it!” says Alan B. Thompson AIFD of McNamara Florist in Carmel, Indiana. A bride asked Alan and his team to [...]

Start Now and Succeed on Valentine’s Day

Start Now and Succeed on Valentine’s Day

Have you started your plans for successful Valentine’s Day sales? This year the day for celebrating sweethearts is a Thursday. When the holiday falls mid-week it traditionally means stronger sales due to the ease of ordering a floral delivery and less competition from weekend plans or events. And of course it is the biggest holiday [...]

From Music to Floral Magic to Foremost Event Designer for Stars

From Music to Floral Magic to Foremost Event Designer for Stars

From Music to Floral Magic to Foremost Event Designer for Stars From Music to Floral Magic to Foremost Event Designer for Stars He started his working life as a high school band and choral director. Now he’s one of America’s foremost floral designers, creating floral magic for luxury events all over the world, and designs [...]

Fresh Flower Ideas for Three New Year’s Parties and Events

Fresh Flower Ideas for Three New Year’s Parties and Events

Fresh Flower Ideas for Three New Year’s Parties and Events Fresh Flower Ideas for Three New Year’s Parties and Events Tempted to take a long winter’s nap after the Christmas chaos subsides? Do that, and you could miss out on flower sales for this year’s New Year’s celebrations. Because the holidays aren’t over until New [...]

Fav 5 Holiday Floral Designs?

Fav 5 Holiday Floral Designs?

Fav 5 Holiday Floral Designs? What are the Fav 5 Holiday Floral Designs? Plus 10 More Holiday Design Tips What are the five favourite designs that drive holiday sales? How can you avoid butt-brush? Why should you purposely create tension during this most wonderful time of the year? And why go faux and have a point? [...]

Secret Gift Handmade Cards

Secret Gift Handmade Cards

Secret Gift Handmade Cards These homemade Christmas cards are sure to put a smile on the face of their recipients; not only are they as pretty as a present, they even come with a built-in gift! These easy-to-make cards feature lovely wooden hangers which are simply tied into place so that the recipient has a [...]

Reinvent Wreaths like Laura Dowling in 8 Steps

Reinvent Wreaths like Laura Dowling in 8 Steps

Are you and your customers ready for remarkable holiday wreaths? Laura Dowling, former chief floral designer at the White House, author and TED speaker, explains how in eight steps. Laura is the author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House and A White House Christmas. Furthermore her third book, Wreaths, an exciting take on re-inventing the classic wreath with [...]

Making Upscale Artisan Jewelry from Floral Wire

Making Upscale Artisan Jewelry from Floral Wire

Making Upscale Artisan Jewelry from Floral Wire You can do it for love. You can do it for money. Whatever your motivation, you already have the hands-on design skills and materials in stock. Add a gem of a new product line to your offerings: artisan jewelry. Rodrigo Varito Vasquez AIFD, FSMD, FPCF of West Palm [...]

New OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife

New OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife

New OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife - Is the World's First Biodegradable Foam! We are delighted to be able to announce the arrival of probably the most eagerly  anticipated OASIS® product of all time - biodegradable floral foam! OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife is the first floral foam of its kind. Finally for the first [...]

OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife – Press Release

OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife – Press Release

The most recognised and trusted brand for floriculture products introduces - OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife Following years of development and in response to consumer trends and the demands of its customers, Smithers-Oasis is introducing the latest generation of OASIS® Bio Floral Foam Maxlife, the world’s first floral foam that is biodegradable. Today’s consumers are looking for companies [...]

Floral Gift Bag Arrangement

Floral Gift Bag Arrangement

Floral Gift Bag Arrangement Mothers Day Gift Bag Arrangement With mothers day approaching we thought "what would a Mum really love? "What would be better than a lovely bag? - A Lovely bag with flowers inside! Watch and see how to create this special design. John McDonald from Flower Joos will show you how to [...]

Create this vintage design

Create this vintage design

Create this vintage design Difficulty: Beginner Time Required: 45 minutes   Create this vintage design Beautiful butterflies make this popular pot all of a flutter for spring and summer plant and floral designs. Complete with a plastic liner, this cream container comes in a range of shapes and sizes with pink or lilac butterflies. Add some vintage flowers [...]

Tips for keeping Flowers fresh without a water source

Tips for keeping Flowers fresh without a water source

Tips for keeping Flowers fresh without a water source Tips for keeping Flowers fresh  Flowers are alive. Like people, they need extra hydration. Especially if placed outdoors without a water source. Read our Tips for keeping Flowers fresh without a water source.. Small water tubes can be added to each individual flower stem.   Tuck the tubes out [...]

Floral Chair Back/Table Centre

Floral Chair Back/Table Centre

Floral Chair Back/Table Centre Floral chair back Floral Chair Back/Table Centre. Difficulty: Beginner  Time Required: 15 minutes Add a splash of colour to a dull chair back with this easy to create decoration. The same decoration can also be used as a table centre or to decorate venues and party rooms. Step One Fold one sheet [...]

Snap Dragon Floral Centerpiece

Snap Dragon Floral Centerpiece

Snap Dragon Floral Centerpiece Snap Dragon Oval Tin Floral Centerpiece is a simple little arrangement anyone can create. Use our Flower & Foliage suggestions below or choose a selection of your Favorite Flowers. Furthermore be sure and check out our Tips on How to soak Floral Foam. Fresh Ingredients Snap Dragon Floral Centerpiece 1 King Protea2 James Story [...]

How many flowers fit on an OASIS Sphere?

How many flowers fit on an OASIS Sphere?

How many flowers fit on an Oasis sphere? The answer may surprise you.  Check out our range of Foam Spheres and accessories to help you create spectacular Floral Designs of your own. We have a variety of sizes to choose from and our Topiary stands are just perfect for displaying your spheres once decorated. Oasis Floral [...]

Holding Bouquet Holder Handle

Holding Bouquet Holder Handle

Holding a Bouquet Holder Handle This simple tip on Holding Bouquet Holder Handle from Sharon McGukin will give you something to think about. Watch this video before creating your next work of art. Enjoy using one of the many Bouquet Holders in the Oasis range. If you enjoy watching How To Hold a Bouquet Holder [...]

Tangled Garden Floral Arrangement

Tangled Garden Floral Arrangement

Tangled Garden Floral Arrangement Tangled Garden Tangled Garden A centre piece arrangement Tangled Garden can be created in a large ceramic container. With curling vines and miniature pumpkins as a result giving this arrangement a style of its own. You can use this centre piece arrangement for any occasion. Use an OASIS® Floral Foam Brick to create this stunning arrangement. [...]