Flowers 101: Amy Osaba Event Floral Design
This Spring, Amy and the ladies of Amy Osaba Event Floral Design will be selling stems and sharing floral advice at the Pop-Up Flower Shop at west elm Atlanta. We asked Amy to share some florist tips with Front & Main — from her favorite stems to expert advice on containers and vessels. Check it out!
What is your favorite inexpensive stem/filler to use in your designs?
I typically use Ranunculus — a lot. I just love how they look like mini peonies!
What is your favorite splurge stem?
Definitely Peonies, coral charms to be exact. I also adore any garden rose, kabuke or the Juliets are fabulous. Full large blooms. I always say good taste is a blessing and a curse. You have good taste but you have to pay for it…
What tool would you recommend to a novice florist? What is the best bang-for-your-buck tool that will transform your floral skills?
Building a great relationship with your suppliers. When you become their friend they know what you like and can let you know when something new and fabulous comes in. It’s great! I also recommend great sheers. If you can keep up with them…buy a few and stash them around your studio for quick finding. Somehow they always seem to get lost!
What is your favorite shape vessel/vase/container to work with?
I just adore a good thrift store find, any good vessel that has a unique shape to it makes me happy. I don’t worry too much about the mouth of the vessel because I can always use oasis or a frog to get the movement I want.
What is your #1 flower or floral arranging tip?
Don’t be afraid to let the flowers move where they want — let them fall where it is natural for them.
What’s hot in your market? What flower/floral trend is everyone asking about in Atlanta?
Big Blooms. Fluffy lush blooms! Garden-y wildflowers with a handpicked feel seem to be what’s on everyone’s minds right now!