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Florist Mikarla Bauer re­veals ev­ery­thing you’ve ever wanted to know about dis­play­ing fresh-cut flow­ers and keep­ing them alive for longer

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MIKARLA BAUER IS A SELF-CON­FESSED

flower freak. “I was sur­rounded by flow­ers from an early age. My grand­mother was a florist and as a child I fol­lowed her around her mag­i­cal flower room,” she says. Af­ter study­ing in­te­rior design, she took a floristry course and started a busi­ness with her hus­band called Wilder­ness Flow­ers. Based in Ban­ga­low, NSW, Mikarla’s big old dou­ble-garage work­shop over­flows with flow­ers and fo­liage for events and wed­dings. “I love ev­ery as­pect of my job,” she says. “My favourite thing is the flow­ers, the smell, shape, im­per­fec­tions, mag­nif­i­cence.” Want to get more beauty and life from your next bunch of flow­ers? Read on for Mikarla’s top tips.

A fresh ap­proach “I love putting to­gether new colour com­bi­na­tions and tex­tures, for­ag­ing around the gar­den and ex­per­i­ment­ing with what I can find,” Mikarla says.

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