Floral Design 2 at Toronto Botanical Garden

I finished Classic Design Fundamentals Two class at Toronto Botanical Garden this month! Same as Fundamental One Class, every Monday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Total of 4 classes, and you’ll learn one design each class, so here they are:

Class 1: Vertical Line Design
Container is not great, I am not suppose to use a glass container, but this is the only container that’s tall enough. When I was shopping for the flowers, I thought blue chrysanthemum is quite rare and special, but only found out that they are dyed when I opened them up during class. A lot of friends like the color scheme of this piece though, I guess something different?

Floral Design 2 - Vertical Line Design

Class 2: Hand Tied Bouquet
This one is very fun. It’s actually a lot harder than it looks. I am glad it turns out pretty good.

Floral Design 2 - Hand Tied Bouquet

Class 3: Hogarth Curve
Found this container at thrift store for 2.99; then went to florist for blue/orange complimentary color scheme. I become more confident with my color choices now! It’s a little bit hard to use cedar for S shape though.

Floral Design 2 - Hogarth Curve

Class 4: Asymmetrical Triangular Mass Design
This one is interesting too. As much as I want to make it asymmetrical, I think it still turns out pretty symmetrical. I guess my eyes and my mind just prefer symmetrical things.

Floral Design 2 - Asymmetrical Triangular Mass Design

After 8 classes of floral design, I find that I am much more comfortable at selecting color scheme and flower materials now. It’s a much easier way to apply the color theory in floral arrangement than in interior decoration. As for flower selection, I find that Loblaws has great choices at affordable prices, and they are actually cheaper than Chinese florist.

Kombucha Tea

Several weeks ago, I read all the benefits about kombucha tea on the internet, and I was so interested to give it a try. Kombucha is a fermented beverage of black tea and sugar, and its benefits range from improved digestion, weight loss, increased energy, cleansing and detoxification, immune support, reduced joint pain, to cancer prevention. Although I think the last benefit is hard to prove, I want to see if it will actually improve my digestive system and energy level. So, I bought this large healthy scoby from a local kijiji seller, and my kombucha journey started from here:

Kombucha Scoby
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Toronto Orchid Show

It was Southern Ontario Orchid Society’s annual orchid show this weekend at Toronto Botanical Garden. I had a chance to volunteer as clerks at the show! It was a very interesting, fun, and yet educational! Since I love orchids, I think it will be very hard to find any other volunteer work that are comparable to this.

I got up at 6am, left home at 6:30am, and arrived at the show at 7am. As a first timer, I needed to ask around about what’s going on, and what I should be doing; and the first person I spoke to happened to be in the same judging team as me. She has been clerking for 15 years, and just found out she’s been upgraded to judging this year! Talking about how luck I am… With her guidance, the rest was as smooth as it can be. Preparing clipboard, getting ready for the ribbons, knowing the location of each display, recording judge’s decisions, and making sure the awarded plants have the correct ribbon! It was a very rewarding 3 hours spent.

Now, let’s enjoy some orchids:
Toronto Orchid Show
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Floral Design at Toronto Botanical Garden

I signed up for Classic Design Fundamentals One class at Toronto Botanical Garden this month. There are 4 classes, every Monday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and each class you’ll learn one design. So here we go:

Class 1: Traditional mass design – table centrepiece

The class does not include any material, so I had to shop for the plants/flowers before the class. I had to admit, it was hard the first time, because I have no idea what I would be creating, which flowers would be easier to work with. Anyways, it turned out not bad at all. The instructor said colors worked well together.

Floral Design - table centrepiece
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