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Guest Speaker on The Flower Podcast, with CEO Amy Marella

 

"This week's guest started her floral studio as a little flower shop with a sole inspiration to make people happy using beautiful flower arrangements. With minimal flower experience, a passion for flowers and determination, the Hidden Garden has become a phenomenal design studio with a strong presence in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.

How inspiring is it to know that a business began with a desire to simply make people happy. Well, I'm truly happy to share the floral journey of my guest, Amy Marella. And it all starts now- on The Flower Podcast."

Listen as host Scott Shepherd and Amy Marella, of The Hidden Garden, talk about networking, connecting with clients, and having multiple streams of income.

 

 

 

 

How To Plan an End-of-Summer Soiree with The Hidden Garden

 

Summer is starting to wind down but here in LA we still have plenty of sunshine left to enjoy. With plenty of people who want to enjoy every last drop of summer, they will be thrilled at any invitation to leave the house.

So, keeping safety measures in mind, now is the time to throw an “End of Summer Soiree,” to celebrate the turning of seasonal tides.The number of reasons to celebrate health, friendship, good food, and summer are higher than ever. 

Take a peek at these 5 pointers on how to throw a successful soiree and give The Hidden Garden a call when you’re ready for your floral decor!

 

1. First things first. Guest List.

While you probably want to invite everyone you haven’t seen for ages, keep in mind we’re still recovering from (and still a part of) the COVID pandemic. Depending on your needs, this list can come down to those who are vaccinated, willing to wear masks and the likes. However, if you have a large outside space, then you may invite at your own discretion.

Make sure to account for kiddos who may come with!

Remember, you shouldn’t host more than you(r house) can handle; especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t have a sprawling backyard or predictable weather.

If you’re worried about weather (or just scorching heat), make use of the spaces you have. People tend to gather where there is food, so spread your food around.

Have charcuterie boards in the kitchen, grilled food out on the patio, beers/beverages in the garage. This will cut down on too many people staying in one place and allowing them to float around.

 

2. Food

“I wake up to eat.” -me.

Is food not the reason we really go to parties? Ok, the second reason... after friends. But there’s nothing more hanger-inducing than getting to a party and the food not being ready for another 2-3 hours.

No friend, we are coming in Prepared.™ 

Now that you’re hosting, you’re going to set up everything beforehand. Before we prep your food, however, you get to decide what theme you want! 

Are you going the safe route and doing hamburgers, veggie dogs, and summer salads? Maybe spice it up a little and include fresh citrus flavors in Mexican dishes? Perhaps you want to offer a giant grazing table (those are always the coolest)?

This is your time to shine! Choose something creative that you’ve done before. I do not suggest trying something brand new before a party. If it doesn’t go well, you might be left with hungry, impatient guests and a $200 pizza order on the way (yes, I may be talking from experience).

Pinterest is a great place for some themed ideas if you’re stuck on this step. Make sure to include an option for those vegetarian/GF friends and a personal tip, always include fun, nonalcoholic drinks for those who are driving/not drinking!

Now that you have your theme chosen, you are going to your local grocery store/farmers market and prepping everything you need beforehand. Cut up and wash your produce. Season and refrigerate your meats. Create your charcuterie boards and make sure you have those separate foodie options ready to go. It may seem like a lot of prep time but this will create free time on the day of your soiree to spend with your guests.

 

3. Decor!

Personally, this is our favorite part of planning our parties.  

Chances are that you’re not really one for plastic party decor and we’d be right there with you. Do yourself a favor and go more earth-friendly by decorating with florals and paper products.

The good thing about being CEO of The Hidden Garden for over 20 years is that I’ve seen it all. There really isn’t a wrong way to decorate with florals!

Regular summer shindig? Sunflowers, hydrangea, and billyballs are our go-to. 

A pastel party? Dahlias, roses, and dusty miller.

Sunshine soiree vibes? Bright peonies, Pink Floyd Roses, and eucalyptus.

Here are some of the theme’s we’ve decorated for:

  • Whimsical Wildflowers
  • Lilac + Pink
  • Peony Perfection
  • BBQ Party
  • Green & White Garden Party

You have the power to create the perfect bouquets to match your theme! Head to our Pinterest to see some examples or give us a call and we’ll help you curate the soiree florals of your dreams.

 

4. Entertainment

And no, we don’t just mean watching the kids fight over floaties. Here are our top 5 favorite forms of entertainment:

  1. Planning a trivia night (always a hit)
  2. Having a solid summer playlist going
  3. Card games/ tarot reading/ board games smorgasbord
  4. Karaoke (offer at your own risk)
  5. Pool party (if you have one). No pool? No worries! Yard games are always a solid go-to and still some of our favorites (just try and beat me at croquet).

You can make this as budget-friendly or as detailed as you want. Other ideas could include: painting parties, hiring a cover band to play, setting up a photo booth, creating an outdoor “theater,” or straight up just having a bonfire with s'mores! Any of these options are bound to bring friends back for more time with you in your home. (#hostesswiththemostest)

The options are endless for any budget level- You just need to think outside the box!

 

 

5. Small details

Not spending enough time thinking of the smaller details can end up being a bigger deal on the day of your soiree. Thinking about the things that may affect you now will help you be prepared for later. Here are a few examples:

  • You’re planning on setting up outside but you know you have lots of mosquitoes. Citronella will keep bugs away and you can easily decorate them to keep with your theme without worrying about being eaten alive.
  • You hired a cover band to play and as they’re scheduled to start, they realized they don’t have power access for their amps! Do you have them in a place where that’s an easy fix? Make sure to plan that out when booking!
  • If it is a sweltering day, you might want to offer your friends a reprieve from the heat. Do you have a shaded space or a garage you can use if push comes to shove? Flexibility is a superpower.

Planning a soiree may seem like a lot of work and brainpower. While it does take quite a bit of consideration, don’t let this deter you! The devil is in the details and if you can cover them, you WILL have thrown the most successful End-of-Summer Soiree party of 2021. I promise.

Have friends bring a disposable camera (#throwback) and make amazing memories together. This is, after all, a chance to eat good food, hang with your favorite people, and enjoy the last bit of summer together. 

 

Often, our mental health suffers when we don’t take care of ourselves, do things that WE are passionate about, and see those that we love. 

Gone (hopefully) are the days of only sitting at our home office desks, wearing our sweats for the third time this week, and asking your dog to grab you another seltzer. 

Take this chance to re-energize your creative side! Pinterest has exactly 1 million ideas on where you can start if you need more help planning (including our page). You deserve to be surrounded by friends, family, and beautiful flowers. 

Give The Hidden Garden a call today and let’s get your soiree started.

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Dahlia Season

 

Dahlia Season is Here!



Welcome, Dahlias!

Beautiful and unmistakable, these blooms were thought to be named after Anders Dahl; a Swedish botanist but are native to Mexico and Central America. There are currently about 60,000 named varieties, ranging in size, color, and classification.


Here’s What You Need To Know


Dahlias are full-sun flowers that bloom in the Summer and at the beginning of Autumn. They range in colors like orange, pink, purple, white, yellow and red as well as multicolor! Related to sunflowers, chrysanthemum, zinnias and daisies, these flowers can range from 2-in petites to 15-in "dinner plates!"

 

Here are a few more facts:

  • Their petals are actually called florets.
  • You can find dahlias in almost any color except blue.
  • Both dahlia flowers and tubers (the parts by the roots) are edible. The tubers taste like a cross between a potato and a radish.
  • In the language of flowers, also known as "florography," dahlias represent dignity.
  • The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963.
  • Dahlias use their vibrant blooms to attract pollinating insects since they don't have strong floral scents.


Oooh, what else is there to know?

The Old Farmer's Almanac states that "The American Dahlia Society recognizes 15 different colors and color combinations. Here are some popular choices:

  • ‘Bishop of Llandaff’: small, scarlet, intense flowers with handsome, dark-burgundy foliage
  • ‘Miss Rose Fletcher’: an elegant, spiky, pink cactus plant with 6-inch globes of long, quilled, shell-pink petals
  • ‘Bonne Esperance’, aka ‘Good Hope’: a foot-tall dwarf that bears 1-½-inch, rosy-pink flowers all summer that are reminiscent of Victorian bedding dahlias (though it debuted in 1948)
  • ‘Kidd’s Climax’: the ultimate in irrational beauty with 10-inch “dinner plate” flowers with hundreds of pink petals suffused with gold
  • ‘Jersey’s Beauty’: a 7-foot tall pink plant with hand-size flowers that brings great energy to the fall garden.

So Now You Know...

...that you need to run over to your local farmers market or Trader Joe's to get yourself a handful to create your very own bouquet!

 

 The Hidden Garden

Summer Wedding Floral Color Palettes

 

Hidden Garden's Favorite Summer Wedding Floral Color Palettes

 

With summer weddings in full effect, here's a few of our favorite color combo's that we have our eyes on!

 

#1: Coral Colors

 

Not sure where to start when looking at your floral palette? Coral is a fantastic go-to when spring starts, introducing fresh coral colors, peachy tones, soft early roses and blues galore! With so many options of each color, you'll find a perfect palette for your perfect day! 

 

#2: Citrus Hues

 

Want to feel like you're ringing in your favorite day in the Tuscany seaside? Bring in tangerine oranges with luscious greens and pops of lemon yellow and voila! La dolce vita and at a fraction of the price! This palette is one of our favorites when working with outdoor weddings. We also love adding in touches of jasmine to bring a gentle contrasting white back into the bouquets and it makes for a perfect perfume for the bride during her day.

 

#3: Pastels

 

For the romantic in all of us, include lavender, soft yellow roses, blush colored peonies, and dusty blue-green eucalyptus to create the perfect #cottagecore (read English countryside) pastel wedding palette. Perfect for summer weddings when bright colors aren't your first choice!

 

#4: Creamy White Classic

 

 
Nothing screams "classic wedding," with all white florals, keeping to creamy white, pure white and slight white...but why stop there? Throw in a singular color to really bring out your favorite hues and make them POP in your bridal bouquet! Think quintessential Santorini on a summer day...harsh whites with a bright blue ocean and you've got a wedding palette that won't be forgotten any time soon!
 
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Be sure to tag us @hiddengardenflowers if you use any of these colors on your wedding day and be featured in our stories!
 
  

DIY Floral Arrangement with Grocery Store Flowers

 

This week on the Hidden Garden blog

...we are bringing you a FREE tutorial, showcasing one of the benefits of being a part of the Bloom Academy!

In case you're new to the Hidden Garden, our Blooms Academy is a monthly digital membership to make your budding floral artistry take root, right from home!

 
Perfect for hobby florists, gardeners, the DIY-spirited or farmer's market admirers, these easy-to-follow tutorials, taught by Amy Marella, will help build your confidence to create one-of-a-kind floral arrangements from home!

 

What's all included?

  • Instantly unlock our evergreen tutorial vault, including 25 videos and counting (aka never-ending inspiration!)
  • Access to expert tips and tricks to make your design skills sharper than a pair of floral shears!
  • An abundance of seasonal tutorials to beautify your space for any occasion (just wait until you see the festive winter projects or zingy greens to welcome Spring!).
  • One-on-one feedback and advise from an industry expert in our private Facebook community, o your confidence and floral design skills can truly flourish!


Whats Included in This Video?

We're thrilled to share a free and easy tutorials that will teach you how to make store-bought blooms rival the arrangements done by the pros...all in under 20 minutes!

 

Click here to watch this quick tutorial!

 

Here is everything we used in this video:

green hydrangea

purple stalk

purple tulips

purple filler 

hellebores

lavender mums

 

Here are the tools you'll need:

ceramic or glass vase (I use a 3-4 inch wide mouthed ceramic vase)

flower food or a drop of bleach

sharp floral shears

 

If you enjoyed this tutorial by Amy Marella, check out the Bloom Academy today!

 

 

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