Flower feels

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We chat to Judy Bruwer of The Del­i­cate Na­ture, the flo­ral de­signer be­hind the ta­ble ar­range­ments in this is­sue’s Set The Scene fea­ture on page 60

How did you get into flo­ral de­sign? Af­ter liv­ing in Amer­ica for four years, I re­lo­cated to Stel­len­bosch. In my search for a Horse­tail Bam­boo plant, I met Chris and Dane, the owners of Okasie, and we soon be­came good friends and I started work­ing in their shop. I’m so for­tu­nate as I had the per­fect start learn­ing from true pro­fes­sion­als, who taught me ev­ery­thing about con­di­tion­ing flow­ers, vase choices, de­sign and just gen­eral integrity and ethics of the trade.

How would you de­scribe your style as a florist? I’m an old ro­man­tic, so I pre­fer an un­fussed, nat­u­ral style. My ar­range­ments are lay­ered and de­tailed, and I play with tex­tures. and re­spect my raw ma­te­ri­als. I be­lieve that the em­pha­sis should be more on a good de­sign than on huge quan­ti­ties of green­ery and flow­ers.

How has flo­ral de­sign evolved since you started? It was struc­tured and for­mal, but to­day it’s looser and more nat­u­ral. There is also a much big­ger va­ri­ety of flow­ers avail­able, which has had a huge im­pact on the type of de­signs we see now.

What’s one quick, easy idea for a fes­tivesea­son ar­range­ment? Since it’s peak sum­mer, I’d opt for a plant rather than an ar­range­ment as it is less fuss and will last longer. Place a pot­ted Amaryl­lis in a clay pot or hand­made ce­ramic bowl – some­thing earthy and hand­made. Then hide the plas­tic con­tainer with moss that has been re­hy­drated by steam­ing it. For a fin­ish­ing touch, em­bed a for­aged branch into the soil next to the bulb, se­cur­ing the flo­ral stem to the wood to sup­port its weight and pro­vide ex­tra de­tail. thedel­i­cate­na­ture.com

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