After a cold and dreary winter, spring is the time to embrace all things bright and cheerful, and what better way than with a bountiful bouquet that showcases the best the season has to offer? “I am most inspired by spring flowers — the stunning colors and incredible fragrances that come from them,” says Kim Williams of The Enchanted Florist in Burbank, who offered us a behind-the-scenes look at how she puts that inspiration into action by assembling a showstopping seasonal display using some of the most in-demand spring blooms.
While Williams is a pro with more than 26 years of experience in crafting floral arrangements for movies and TV shows, corporate events, weddings and even the Tournament of Roses Royal Court, she believes that it’s a creative pursuit everyone should be able to enjoy. “I so often hear, ‘I can’t arrange flowers, I am so terrible at it,’” she says. “Something I wish everyone knew about flower arranging is that it’s just practice; anyone can do it!” She offers some insight into the process on the following pages, but encourages those who want to try their hand at floral design to “simply choose what you like. There are no rules. Enjoy your creations. It’s nature and can’t be wrong.” After all, she adds, “It’s a scientific fact that flowers are uplifting, healing and bring joy and happiness. It is incredible to me that such beauty simply rises up from soil. If you love them like I do, simply surround yourself with them and they will make you happy.”
“Fresh flowers and plants are more often a luxury item these days,” Williams notes, so whether you purchase an arrangement from an expert or try your hand at assembling your own, you’ll want those blossoms to stay vibrant for as long as possible. Always be sure to cut the bottom of the stems before placing them in water — “yes, even if you bought them five minutes ago,” she advises. Change the water every day, keep the water level high and be sure to display your bouquet in a cool location, as “a warm home or office is brutal on fresh flowers.”