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How to Pick a Perfect Valentine's Day Bouquet

Secrets to Selecting the Perfect Valentine's Day Bouquet

So, you've decided to gift a beautiful bouquet of something for Valentine's Day. We applaud the choice, but you have more of them to make. There's technical considerations like color, fragrance, and form that can be sneakily stumping — especially if you aren't consulting a florist.

Luckily, we know a guy. Michael Gaffney's floral chops range from designing arrangements for movie sets (have you seen Black Swan?) to creating ambiance for New York fashion shows, but we're most excited about his teaching gig. As the founder of the American Schools of Flower Design, Michael has a tip (or five) up his sleeve for creating a Valentine's Day bouquet that hits the mark.

Take it away, Michael!

  • A Floral Story
  • "People love arrangements that create a floral story by mixing different types of flowers, like calla lilies, orchids and stock flowers. This classic American design works for many occasions, especially Valentine's Day. The arrangement also makes a great DIY project, since the flowers are readily available at farmers markets or grocery stores."

  • Fragrant Flowers
  • "Who doesn't love the lovely aroma of flowers? Fill bouquets with a variety of fragrant blooms including roses, stargazer lilies, wax flowers, and freesia. These arrangements will fill any space with wonderful scents long after the holiday is over."

  • The Classic
  • "You can't go wrong with a classic rose bouquet. It's the number-one most requested arrangement in America. From a single rose to a full bouquet, the flower still stands for love. Just avoid purchasing 'bullet roses,' which have tight bulbs and will never open. Instead, choose a rose slightly 'unfurling.' These roses have been harvested later and will open and last longer."

  • Focal Flowers
  • "An arrangement that has tons of flowers is everyone's dream. Try combining mass flowers (full and round blooms) such as lilies, roses, sunflowers, hydrangeas, magnolias, and daisies into a grand arrangement to really make a statement and make the person you're giving them to feel special."

  • Don't Skimp
  • "A person will know when you skimp out on the good stuff. On Valentine's Day, try to avoid the overdone arrangements filled with carnations, baby's breath, lots of greenery, and other mass-produced fillers and flowers."

Thanks for sharing your tips, Michael! Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day.

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