Spring is finally here, and all we want to do is surround ourselves with nature’s beauty. It’s the time of year when those who are lucky enough to have bespoke boot rooms transform them into dedicated floristry studios, and the rest of us make do with a spot in the kitchen or utility room.
You might have access to all the flowers in the world, an endless collection of beautiful vases, and a space like this bespoke boot and flower room by British designer Artichoke to double as a flower arranging workshop, but if you don’t know how to arrange your florals you can still end up with some less-than-inspiring displays.
Why not take advice from the very best floral designers, who can show you how to create stunning arrangements. We have rounded up five flower experts, each offering free online floristry tutorials that will take your flowers from drab to fab. Discover them below.
Five floral designers to follow
Carly J. Cylinder – The Flower Chef – @theflowerchef
Carly J. Cylinder is the Owner and Creative Director of Flour LA, a business which offers virtual floral design classes, and the author of the best-selling floral design how-to book The Flower Chef. Cylinder’s intricate knowledge of flowers and creativity in design shines through every arrangement she does; subscribe to her YouTube for friendly floristry tutorials, and follow her Instagram for pictures of her beautiful creations.
Michael Gaffney – American School of Flower Design – @michaelgaffneyflowers
Michael Gaffney has spent years deciphering the methods, patterns, formulas of great flower design. Gaffney is also a household name in the US, having taught flower arranging on the Today Show, the Hallmark Channel and every major network. Alongside his in-depth floristry tutorials, he also shares his wisdom over YouTube and Instagram, turning novices into floral designers in no time with easy methods that stick.
Halima Sanni – The Floral Guru – @thefloralguru
A bride turned Event Designer, Halima Sanni started The Floral Guru in 2017 after her own dream wedding, and describes herself as obsessed with flower design. She makes high-end floral decor for those who want something truly unique for their special occasion. Watch her create masterpieces on her YouTube channel, covering everything from DIY table runners to bridal bouquets, or follow her Instagram to see some of the dreamy event spaces she crafts.
Anthony Maslo – The Boy Who Cried Flowers – @theboywhocriedflowers
Floral designer Anthony Maslo works to translate flowers into meaningful works of art, operating out of Southern California and providing whimsical arrangements that we could stare at all day. Find his floristry tutorials on YouTube on the Mayesh Wholesale Florist channel, where you can learn to make out-of-this-world flower archways and arrangements, and see the finished products on his Instagram.
John Mcdonald – Flower Joos – @flowerjoos
John McDonald is a highly experienced florist based in Scotland. Currently working as the chief florist at the internationally renowned Gleneagles Hotel, his work has featured in several magazines. Mcdonald’s Instagram features his stunning bouquets, while his YouTube channel is all about making flower arranging as straightforward as possible, with floristry tutorials for every occasion and skill level.
So there we have it – five expert floral designers who will have you creating stunning arrangements in no time. Tempted to expand your workspace after all this inspiration? Follow Artichoke on Instagram to see custom-designed boot and flower rooms, and get a feel of how the space could work for you.