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How Florists Prep for Valentine's Day

 

Have you ever wondered to yourself - “How do florists get all their flowers ready for Valentine’s Day?”

From the Florist’s standpoint, we have an entire month scheduled out to prep for the holiday! Valentine’s Day is actually the number one holiday for florists and floral purchases (second to Christmas/Chanukah).

Here are the 8 steps The Hidden Garden goes through to get your perfect bouquet ready for your loved ones (or yourself!) on Valentine's Day:

 

1. One Month Out 

 

One month out we pre-order with our growers (that are all over the world). This helps us guarantee our product. Besides the normal supply and demand issue that all florists deal with on Valentine’s Day colors, we also were dealing with “flight space.” With so many of our florals arriving from around the world, we have to make sure our florals fit on the plane!

 

 

 

2. Create the Collection

 

You decide what bouquets to pick, we decide what flowers go in the bouquets! 

Now the fun bit! Creating a collection starts with Amy and goes through our team of designers. Professionally curated, we take the time to create options for lots of different people. We have the classic rose bouquet, whimsical garden arrangements, dark romantic styles, modern options, the list goes beyond what you’d normally see! See below a few that we offered this year.

  

 

 

 

3. Find the Perfect Containers

 

We have our florals ordered, we have our collection created- now for the vessel to hold it all together! Sourcing the containers is just as important as finding the perfect flowers. The vessel your bouquet comes in are created to enhance your arrangement but also to have as a keepsake for when your flowers eventually die.

 

 

 

4. Marketing

 

Marketing mailers, newsletters, floral cards, oh my! Even though we are always busting at the seams with orders each Valentine’s Day, we adore continually telling our story and sharing with our community.

Creating and sending one sheets of information, newsletters filled with blogs and quizzes, you wouldn’t think we would need to put out so much information on a day surrounded by florals. However, at the Hidden Garden, we love to make sure our community knows what florals would best suit them, how to best care for them, and help design the perfect bouquet for their special someone.

 

 

 

5. Flowers Arrive

 

Our florals arrive in LA six days before Valentine’s Day and we process them after their plane ride. All of the flowers need to be processed and hydrated (it was a long plane ride after all!). First, they all receive fresh cuts and immediately put into water with flower food and left to rest for an entire 24 hours. After they rest, they’re finally able to get into the hands of the designers.

 

 

 

6. Designers in the House

 

Speaking of designers, with hundreds of orders coming through the shop and out the door, you can imagine the team of staff that makes this happen. Our designers work tirelessly for 5 days straight with our production crew supporting them.

And don’t forget about our admin team! An entire collection of superstars who help by answering phones, emails, and customer questions and orders that come through the door.

It truly takes a team and we couldn't be more thrilled to have such hardworking humans at the shop, making this entire process possible. Three cheers to the shop!

 

  

And there you have it! Did you learn anything new about The Hidden Garden? We hope it let a little insight into our business around one of our busiest days of the year!

  

Always Keep Blooming,

Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find the Perfect Valentine's Day Flowers- Quiz

How to Compost Your Flowers At Home

 

How to Compost Your Flowers

(Apartment friendly options!)

 

Even if you don’t own a big backyard (or a backyard at all), composting is still doable without creating a smelly corner in the kitchen that no one sits around anymore.

Composting was something that used to have a “hippie” stereotype and something that only benefited gardeners and those who grew their own food.

But with the boom of social media and the earnest learning of being as eco-friendly as possible, we’re now all taking a little more responsibility towards being more environmentally kind.

Now you might start asking yourself – “what does composting mean.”

First and foremost, compost is a mixture of “ingredients,” used to fertilize and enrich soil. Easy enough, right? We throw things away all day, err’day. Think kitchen scraps, wilty flowers, autumn leaves...natural things. These are things we can compost!

The act of composting is taking these things and allowing them to decompose; leaving you with nutrient-rich “gruel,” so to speak, which you add to your garden, flower pots, or backyard soil.

For those who live in condos, apartments and places without soil access, this is an eco-friendly option to help reduce household waste.

Take a peek at these 3 different (from least to most involved) options on which type of composting could benefit you best. 

You might wonder how you didn’t start this lifestyle sooner! 

 

1. Online Resources/ Countertop Composting

 

Ok, so composting seems doable but you have no soil access and have skimmed ahead and want NOTHING to do with worms (fair). We’ve got you!

With that aforementioned social media boom, more people were able to share their favorite tools, favorite brands, their overall tips, tricks and experiences...as well as their land! There are some websites that give us opportunities to utilize the yards of people who have the space and want the extra compost. All you have to do is collect your compost and deliver it.

Here are some other websites to check out to find a compost yard near you:

And a few other ways to get rid of your scraps locally:

  • Donate them to your local schools or community gardens
  • Join a local zero waste group on FB, where you can get local recommendations!
  • Live in the country? See if your neighbors or nearby farms could use it!

This version of composting allows you to do a little for Mother Earth without adding another giant project on your plate.

People who fall in this category will benefit most from “countertop composting,” where you’re able to contain your floral and kitchen scraps on the counter (or under the sink) until you’re able to drop them off.

  

2. So, you’ve got a little bit of space.

 

 

And you decided you have a bit more compost than what a “countertop compost” container usually holds.

Perhaps you’re part of our weekly Bucket of Blooms program, which inevitably creates some floral waste, or maybe you have a bigger family with picky eaters. Whatever the case, a composting Tumbler could benefit you!

“Compost tumblers are fully sealed to preserve the heat generated by your compost—thereby increasing the speed of decomposition,” writes Earth Easy.

Holding more compost, tumblers offer a sealed version that are best set up outdoors but can potentially decompose your household waste in as little as 2 weeks!

That’s right. 

For comparison, some plastic takes up to 500 years to decompose (like your everyday toothbrush- yikes!)

To be able to breakdown everyday waste and scraps in 2 weeks time is not only setting you up to be more environmentally friendly, but you’ll be setting yourself up for amazing compost to add to your plants and flowers to help them thrive.

Bonus trick: bananas in the house? Don’t throw those peels away! Take the peel and place it in water for a few days to create a potassium rich fertilizer for your plants and flowers. No need to dilute! After you're done, throw it in your compost bin as usual.

 

3. The Big One

 

 

You’ve got a backyard and you’re ready to dig in.

But where the heck do you even start?!

Know that this concept isn’t new; we’ve been composting since the Stone Age.

The good thing about this is any and every question you might have will have an answer. 

Like “do I need to introduce worms to do this successfully.”

“Do people still use manure?”

“How do I know if my soil is the right pH balance?”

"Do I have to use manure?"

While we won’t go through the entire process in this particular blog, know that the resources are out there, like these tried and true blogs:

 

 

And there we have it! Whether you have zero space to work with or have space out the wazoo, composting can be right for you!

Drop any comments below to let us know if this inspired you to start learning more.

Always keep blooming (and composting),

Amy

Why Intimate Weddings Are Staying For Good

 

Intimate Wedding Ideas with

The Hidden Garden

 

During both 2020 and 2021, the rules and regulations demanded the creativity and flexibility of every hopeful nuptial. But during these endeavouring years, it allowed them to figure out how to whittle down guest lists, create a timeline that allotted relaxation and ease, and slowed everyone down enough to truly celebrate their day; together.

So it should be no surprise to you, moving forward, how relevant intimate weddings stay.

Intimate wedding ideas may surprise both you and your spouse, just as it did for this groom, 

“It was a 2020 wedding with 18 people, unlike any wedding I had ever attended. The result though, was an incredibly intimate experience, at a single table, where every person was able to create a genuine memory with every other person there. It was magical."

Whether you choose a large scale wedding in the future or create an intimate wedding, take inspo from this gorgeously romantic wedding located in Santa Barbara, with florals from The Hidden Garden.

  

Taper candles outlined the floral centerpieces throughout the table. A tablescape small enough to fit on the terrace held the reception where guests were able to wind down the night, overlooking incredible views.

 

      

Our beautiful bride walked down a romantic vanilla swept aisle, carrying a bouquet of roses in ivory and pink, accented with fresh greenery. Lanterns adorned the isle with similar bouquets and rose petals sprinkled onto the ground. 
 
 

      

A breathtaking floral chuppah was created with an enchanted garden feel and the couple exchanged their vows under the ethereal ivory rose bunches.

 

                              

The couple and their closest family sat at a single table for their intimate wedding reception. Added candles gave a warm glow, twinkled lights suspended above and the florals (ivory, pink, and burgundy colors) created a beautiful setting on the terrace and the conversation was able to be had from end to end.
 
Although it may have been possible from another location, this private wedding affair was able to savor their reception looking over the views from the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara mountain outline due to the intimacy of their numbers.
 
If you didn't believe in small weddings before, we know you do now. Give The Hidden Garden a call to set up your intimate wedding consultation call today!

 

 

These talented wedding professionals made this event possible:

 

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Pro

 

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Pro- Hidden Garden Edition

 

Ahh, the Holidays. Transfiguring from “Autumnal Harvest” to “Jolly Christmas,” in under 24 hours (publically, that is).  And in the heart of that decor is our ever-loved yuletide evergreen tree. 

Want to learn how to professionally decorate your tree? Expert (and CEO) Amy Marella makes the learning curve 100% easier this year with her favorite tips and tricks from the Hidden Garden.

 

1. Create a Theme

In order to create a professionally decorated tree, you need to first and foremost choose a theme. A theme, whatever it may be, ties the entire tree together. Here are a few ideas to base it off of:

  • Color scheme
  • Personal ornament collection
  • Travel/ favorite hobbies.

Find inspiration from our hotel photos throughout this blog or (as always) check out our Pinterest for more ideas!

 (Hotel Bel-Air)

2. Start by Shaping

While this step takes almost no time at all, it helps establish a strong and lush looking tree. While your theme might require a more “wild” look, shaping your tree will also help sturdy out the thinner branches (especially at the bottom).

For those who have “forever trees,” (aka fake trees), you have more flexibility when it comes to maneuvering your branches...so take advantage of that!

 

3. Style with Ribbon

Finally, we can start decorating!

You can decorate a Christmas tree like a professional by using ribbons as decoration. We recommend using wired ones because they’re easier to style and shape.

We also tend to start with our ribbons, as some of our hotels like thick bows throughout their trees.

(Hotel Beverly Hills) 

 

4. Lights (Camera), Action!

We’re going to save you the frustration now: check that your lights work first! 

You’re welcome. 

Now that we’ve covered that, here are our top two light tricks:

  • Dependant on the tree, start your lights at the bottom of the tree and circle your way upwards

    OR

    • Start at the bottom and work your way up and down, weaving in and out of the branches.

      We like option #1 for thinner and taller trees while we save #2 for when we have a tree with more depth- so we don't lose our lights within the tree.

      Also, depending on the theme for your tree (or just personal preference), you are able to choose from warmer, cooler, or colored lights! We like to match our warmer lights with gold and red themes; cooler lights with our “wintery” looks (we skip colored lights but you live your best life).

       

      (Hotel Waldorf) 

       

      5. Ornaments

      Ornaments, no matter how perfectly curated, can look messy if you don’t approach it the right way. Here are a few suggestions to help them look their best:

      • Decorate in sections

      To decorate like a professional, take your Christmas tree in sections: top, middle, and bottom. Then, style them one at a time starting from the top and work your way down. 

      • Cluster ornaments

      Add flair to your display with ornament clusters (just like we talk about in our floral tutorial videos). For example, group ornaments of the same design together for a classic look. Otherwise, use different styles to add texture and depth. Amy also suggests combining different sizes for a bolder statement.

      • Strategically place ornaments

      At the end of the day, there are no actual rules to hanging ornaments. However, we tend to begin with larger ornaments and tuck them deeper within the foliage to add depth. When you try this method, you're able to achieve a beautiful, layered look. On the other hand, hanging smaller ornaments on the tips of the branches achieves a draping effect (it all comes back down to your theme).

       

      6. Mind the Gap...

      As a floral shop, our favorite way to fill in any gaps in our christmas trees is to fill it with seasonal flowers! Pick berries, flowers, or pinecones to bring a more natural feel to your tree (bonus points if it’s from your own yard). Reach out to the shop if you need any suggestions for florals to add in!

       

      (Hotel Waldorf) 

      BONUS: have smaller trees? Group them together (double or trio) to create a beautiful corner of light!

       

      7. Tree Topper

      Top off your design with a tree topper to compliment your theme. Custom toppers (ie bows, ribbons, etc) add fun personality to your tree but familial toppers are always our favorite to see!

       

      8. Tree Skirt

      To finalize this yuletide caroling, set the perfect backdrop for presents (and an easy clean-up method) with a tree skirt. These come in many materials, so choose one that...does what?? Yes, suits your theme! You've got it- we're so proud of you!

      Take these top techniques to help you create a professional Christmas tree, worthy of a compliment from St. Nicholas himself! Cheers and happy holidays to our entire floral community!

       

      (Hotel Bel-Air) 

       

      BONUS TIPS!

      Thought we'd leave you hanging? NO WAY! 

      The 5 most common ways to keep your tree fresh for longer.

      1. Trim the trunk before you put it in fresh water (all that sap inside is going to try and rescue the cut at the bottom which will prohibit the water from being soaked up). Please be cautious with your saws, friends. 

      2. Put the tree in water as soon as possible (just like in our Bloom Academy, we learn that everything needs a fresh cut to be able to get as much water as possible).

      3. Fresh water daily (you knew this one, of course).

      4. Be cautious of heat sources (aka don't place your tree next to a heater).

      5. Turn off the lights when leaving the room (similar to #4, we need to remember with all the extra electricity to be safe with how close our trees are to our ceiling lights). 

       

      Always Keep Blooming,

      Amy

       

       

       

       

       

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