Birthday at the Club

Martinis and dinner with friends at the La Jolla Country Club celebrating a birthday!!

White, green and gold decor incorporating bamboo, gold sea fans, conch shells,  pillar candles, pearls, and flowers (white hydrangea, white double tulips, viburnum, white phaleonopsis orchids, and tropical leaves.)  All decor would look amazing for a beach themed wedding.


Farm Wedding 2011

I was so thrilled when approached by AE Martin Photography to help with the florals for a farm themed wedding photo shoot.  After working with her on a previous wedding at The Prado at Balboa Park, we both were instantly drawn to each others style and design.  As you will see, Anne Martins images are so so beautiful and lovely.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

This summertime themed shoot on a farm was inspired by the carefree days of summer and sweet romance with a vintage touch.   Inspiring a soft natural color palette and rustic textures for flowers. 

Bridal bouquet with pink blush roses, dusty miller, white dahlias, bay leaves, lavender, and amarathus hand-tied with ivory ribbon, pearls, and embellished with a vintage broach.

Blush rose boutonniere

Vendor Credits

Anne Martin, ae martin photography;

Leslie Miller, Leslie Miller Events;

Anne Marie Coulon, Heirloom Gatherings

Kimberly Buffington, Flowerchild San Diego;

Danielle Argyros
James McLaughlin

Brooke Hill, Makeup by Brooke Hill;

Maie Webb, Noon Design Shop;

Hair Accessories:
Gina Morrison, Acute Designs;

Tea Length Ruffled Dress:
Erin Coleman, Peppermint Pretty / Bridal Brick Row or

First Dress: Maggie Sottero;  Sheath: Oscar de la Renta; Pink Dress: Rodarte

The New Children’s Museum Gala August 2011 Carnival do Rio

Flowerchild is thrilled to be a chosen vendor for this years New Children’s Museum gala- Carnaval do Rio! Get dazzled, feathered, and fired-up at the most amazing celebration north of the equator! For one magical night you will be transported to the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the stunning sights, sensuous sounds, and fresh flavors of Brazil. Join The New Children’s Museum for our fourth annual gala, to benefit San Diego school kids.

Ostrich feathers, feathered boas, roses, pin cushions, gloriosa lilies in a metallic bowl

Metallic Orbs

Metallic Orbs

Looking for a modern, chic design idea for centerpieces?  Check out these metallic orbs accented with simple but gorgeous flower clusters.  This contemporary display of flowers is certain to evoke a double-take. Spellbinding shapes and colors come together to create fantastical renditions of Flowerchild’s unique inspirations.  Make a big statement with minimal flowers.  You will see that they are sure to be a conversation piece.  Here I chose orange roses and pink peonies, but the flower options are endless.

Flowers Around the World

What an amazing display of Begonias.  You are looking at an obscene amount of flower blooms.  Millions of begonias blooms  are used in this complicated floral carpet design in Brussels.  This is amazing!  Why begonias?  Chosen above all for its qualities of robustness, resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine the begonia guarantees the long life and freshness of the carpet. It also provides a rich range of colors – from vivid colors to delicate pastel shades.   Craftsmen arrange the carpet by hand, directly onto the square’s cobblestones, without any soil. Grass and tree bark were also used to give color. For those of you who would like to learn more, I have provided the history of the Brussel’s  Flower Carpet and information about the process of this blooming event.


Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50’s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).
He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.
His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.
However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”.

Making a Carpet

The actual making of the Carpet is based on a plan worked out in advance, consisting of several stages.
Everything starts, often a year in advance, with projects and scale models, illustrating a commissioned theme (such as the commemoration of great events, or the arms and shield of a town, and sometimes the proposals of local horticultural associations).
Once the theme has been produced in representation and symbol, the number of flowers and color combinations calculated and the outlines finally drawn on the ground, then the work starts.The skilful, dedicated work of a hundred experienced gardeners and their enthusiasm enables them to put together this giant floral jigsaw in under four hours.

The day before, the spaces between the floral patterns will already have been filled with rolled turf. (photo prep 1) Did you know – that the flowers are packed together one by one, 300 to every square meter of the ground, (+/- 750.000 flowers!) so tightly (no soil is used at all) that they won’t be blown away by the first puff of wind, and create their own microclimate? In heat waves, the turf has to be watered to prevent it from shrinking, but if the weather is too wet, the grass can grow 4 to 5 centimeters in 3 days? The wonders of nature!

Art Alive 2011 April 29th-May 1

Flowerchild is absolutely thrilled and honored to be one of the designer interpreters for the Art Alive 30th Anniversary Celebration.  I have chosen a print by one of the 20th Century’s most influential and articulate artist/theorists Josef Albers.

Many of you are familiar with this unforgettable floral design inspired fundraiser that provides significant support for the permanent collection of the San Diego Museum of Art.  Those of you who are not, and have a love for flowers, it includes vibrant displays of color, texture and shape, resulting in a not-to-be-missed experience of fun, flowers and fantastic art.  I urge all to view this breathtaking spring exhibition.  I also want all the members out there to make it a priority to attend the Member Preview.  This preview is an opportunity exclusively for Museum members to view the fresh floral arrangements before Art Alive opens to the public. During this time Museum members will also be able to cast their vote for their favorite floral interpretation on display.  Keep your eye out for Flowerchild’s creation that is sure to be the talk of the event.

Below is more information about Art Alive 2011 retrieved from the SDMA website

Art Alive 2011

30th Anniversary

Opening Celebration April 28, 2011 | Exhibition April 29 – May 1, 2011

Celebrating its 30th year, Art Alive is the Museum’s preeminent fundraiser and one of the longest running and most widely attended events of its kind in the United States. The unique exhibition of floral arrangements is created by more than 100 floral designers who take inspiration from the Museum’s renowned collection. The result is an awe-inspiring experience that should not be missed!

During this special time, the Museum is transformed into a glorious spectacle of art and flowers, creating an enchanting spring exhibition punctuated by a host of special events. This year’s celebration honors the artists, designers and the many people who have participated over the past 30 years of Art Alive.  We are excited to welcome back René van Rems as this year’s Rotunda Designer.

As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a San Diego tradition, Art Alive provides critical financial support for the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the permanent collection.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 28

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Art Alive Champagne Patrons’ Reception

7:00  – 11:00 p.m. | Art Alive Opening Celebration

Friday, April 29

8:00  – 9:00 a.m. | Members’ Preview

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Lecture/Demonstration

7:00  – 10:00 p.m. | Flowers after Hours

Saturday, April 30

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Garden of Activities

Sunday, May 1

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Garden of Activities