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THE ELEMENTS OF FLORAL DESIGN

he process of making a flower arrangement involves many of the same principles that go into making fine art, and that’s why the term ‘painterly’ is how I like to describe my style of arranging. I can remember standing, transfixed, in front of Monet’s famous Water Lilies at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Just as the artist’s thick brushstrokes and use of colour create that

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