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2109, 2022

Boutonnières are Wearable Floral Art

The Corsage Finds A Fresh Way To Make A Statement”— The New York Times 9/13/22

It seems that Tucker is at the forefront of floral jewelry for men!

In November of 2019 I was commissioned by a young architect to design “memorable” boutonnières for his partner and himself to wear at the firm’s upcoming holiday party. They showed me their dinner jackets and turned me loose.
After rummaging through the holiday decorations department of my […]
1404, 2022

Bring the Garden to the Party

Early this month I was contemplating what I would design for a benefit that I was cohosting. I suggested a lush bouquet of “Free Spirit” roses which was enthusiastically embraced.

A day later, while perusing the plant display at East Coast Flowers. I happened upon these beauties: “Blue Zebra” Primlet primroses, a spectacular variety that I had only known in 19th century British botanical prints. I bought 4 mixed flats to have all of these extraordinary […]

803, 2022

An Embarrassment of Riches

One of the pleasures of my corporate contract work is the occasional surfeit of flowers that are still at their peak on the 8th day when I install the new week’s florals. Certain orchid species, Lilies, Mums, Alstromerias, among other varieties, often have an “afterlife”. That is to say, “they are still perfectly good! You aren’t possibly throwing those out, are you?!”

In these circumstances, the options are to given them away, which may […]

1702, 2022

Self care made easy—get yourself some flowers!

by Jan Peterson at National Floral Supply

Self care has become a lot of work. You gotta pamper, practice mindfulness, balance life and work, and be awesome at all of it. Flowers on the other hand are self care made easy. They won’t replace working out or eating well. But they are a spiritual tune-up. So treat yourself to a little off-the-shelf self care.


Floral Design Education

3006, 2022


The past three months have been intense, to say the least!  Nearly two years to the day, my business came back to life with a ROAR!  It felt like zero to 90 mph in 60 seconds!  Head spinning!!  Events, major in importance and scale, put off for two years, piling up, bursting with the need to be held, suddenly and voraciously commandeered my business.   With the light of normalcy growing ever brighter and my [...]

604, 2022

Bringing the Early Spring Garden Inside

After all of the hoopla and decorations from the winter holiday celebrations are taken down and put away, I often feel a bit let down, bereft even. While I always save my gift amaryllis bulbs and Paper-whites for after the holidays, to ease my melancholy, they soon pass and the brief brilliant homage to L.O.V.E. that is Valentine’s Day fade all too soon. Winter is bleak, and my mood would be as dreary and [...]

3003, 2022

Wedding Cake on the Fly

 House plants make “store bought” cakes fit for a wedding. A number of years ago, we were invited, along with a few other friends, to witness a spontaneous, intimate wedding ceremony held at the couple’s home during the first year that Gay Marriage was legal in the United States. I asked if they were planning to celebrate with cake and champagne to which they replied, “Champagne? Of course!” “ No cake?” I responded. “No, [...]

Tribute Flowers

These occasions are design opportunities to illustrate, present or highlight important themes of a person’s life, be they family, career, or avocation. 

2702, 2022

Homage to Howardena Pindell

Project Assignment: Design florals for a dinner reception at the Yale President’s House to honor the black female artist, Howardena Pindell, one of many women alums honored in 2018  and 2019 as the University celebrated 50 Years of Women at Yale. These assignments are some of the most interesting of my career.  They require in-depth research with a very particular visual lens to suss out design inspiration from published accounts of their fascinating careers [...]

2001, 2022

Retirement Flowers

The assignment was to create a dish garden for a woman whose 45 year career was in nursing. This gift was to be presented as the buffet table centerpiece for her retirement party. Her friends and colleagues spoke with great admiration of her accomplishments in her field and her great sense of humor. My solution was to source a vintage bed pan, that was beautifully sculptural in it’s own right, as the amusing container of [...]

1911, 2021

Memorial Flowers

The design should focus on the person, what s/he loved or held dear. Did s/he enjoy nature or being outside? What were his passions? What did the survivor(s) love most about him? Without some good knowledge of the person we design a floral tribute to nothing we suggest will resonate with the family. Interviewing someone close to the deceased is very important. If you want to honor an individual, design something that would speak [...]


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