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Simply Spherical Cheats

Simply Spherical Cheats

One of the easiest ways to decorate tall vases is to use a foam sphere covered in leaves. Simply slot it into the mouth of the vase and décor the protruding half with flowers. It's very secure and avoids the mechanics being seen from below.

Double White Bible

Double White Bible

Make yourself a "white double" bible. Every design you make...be it a wreath, cross, pillow(all sizes), Gates of Heaven, fish, Blackpool tower, shark, domino etc etc....log down how many stems you use, noting if it was heavy or light in heads. You can adapt this to other new designs not...

Twist & Shake

Twist & Shake

We all know the struggle stiff buckets bring. If buckets get stuck together, instead of bashing and tugging, try rolling them on the ground with your foot until they separate... saves ripping fingers off!

Living Vase

Living Vase

For a funky look use upside-down amaryllis stems as small holders for gerbera and other flowers.    

Take Note

Take Note

Always get staff to write down what they put in a design on the back of the order. Not only does it avoid over-stuffing and lost margin but if there's a customer complaint you've got a precise record.

Profit Boosting Bouquet Alternatives

Profit Boosting Bouquet Alternatives

A small block of foam wrapped in cello and inserted into a fancy container or simple bag uses less stems to create a full look and not only increases profit but appeals to customers who want something other than a traditional hand tied.

Keep Peonies Closed

Keep Peonies Closed

To stop peonies opening up too soon put stockings over their heads. Alternatively save the netting that comes on bloom chrysanths and place over roses or peonies for extended shelf life in the cooler.

No More Foam Faux

No More Foam Faux

When working with soft stemmed flowers wrap a small piece of tape around the base of the stem to make insertion into foam easier. Alternatively use a straw to make holes in the foam and insert the stem into it. Both ideas will avoid stem breakage and ensure good water...

Use straws for Gerbera

Use straws for Gerbera

If you don’t like the idea of wiring Gerbera try using a clear straw to give it extra support.  If its easier ask your wholesaler to buy in pre-strawed Gerbera. 

Take care of your feet

Take care of your feet

Always provide a piece of carpet or rubber matting for your staff to stand on whilst they are working.  It will protect them from sore feet and aching legs and avoid problems or fatigue ... especailly important at busy peak days.

100 Years of RHS to Remember

chelsea-bookEverybody loves a coffee table book, and this one is something special. Not only will it look lovely amongst the coasters but it’s also a history book, a photo album, a garden guide and a lasting souvenir for an event that has been touching people’s lives and hearts for 100 years.

The first sentence, “Every May, the horticultural world descends on a 12-hectare site in Chelsea” says it all about RHS Chelsea. It’s no lie that the show is often seen as the most important diary date for anyone who’s anyone in the horticultural world. During that one week in May, at the beginning and end of the day, Sloane Square station becomes a green fingered frenzy of people trying to get to the floral event of the year.

This book gives an enduring look at why they do it, and what makes the show so special. RHS insider and author Brent Elliott gives an in depth account of the way that the show has grown and changed and the way that that nation’s gardening tastes have been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years. Beefy it may be but it is laid out in an easy to flick-in-and-out sort of way as pieces are arranged along a timeline, depicting the first ever Royal Hospital flowering all the way to the style and pizazz of 2013.

It also features snippets from some of our greatest nurserymen, nurserywomen, garden designers, presenters and those behind the scenes, all explaining exactly what Chelsea means to them. With beautiful illustrations, archival photography, plans and posters, plus fascinating insights into the RHS world, it’s definitely a keeper.

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