An Eco-Friendly, Louisiana style wedding

For this New Orleans style wedding, the couple wanted to stay as eco- friendly as possible.  The centerpieces were planted with different varieties of succulents and beautiful fresh floral.  Each place setting displayed planted  aloes which doubled as the guests wedding favor. For the brides bouquet we used a mix of orchids, roses, succulents, anemones and wax flower.  The groom is the owner and chef of The Parish (a southern fusion gastropub) so we used fresh herbs along with succulents and tied them together with moss to represent the bayou of Louisiana. Photos by Chris Richards. 0593

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Gorgeous Botanical Wedding

LaFleur's wedding designer Brittany Pena created gorgeous florals for a recent wedding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Brittany accessorized the couple with beautiful plants and flowers including- peonies, air plants, succulents and aloes.  Photos by Patrick Grimes  10257403_10203627350621468_1292742561484440366_o 10298508_10203627376742121_715974096769523737_o 10286927_10203627380422213_8420113169596462591_o

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Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is on the rise. You can call them what you like...living walls, eco-walls, green walls or even wall art.  Such walls may be indoors or outside, freestanding or attached and come in a great variety of sizes. LaFleur Plantscapes can design and install a wall that's right for you.

Succulent Wall

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The Backup Plan

Tucson averages 11 inches of rain per year translating to about 48 days of measurable precipitation.  Many clients choose Tucson because they know the odds are in their favor. Gorgeous mountains, beautiful desert flora, warm temperatures and sun!  Well we know better...don't we... How does LaFleur Plantscapes make their New York bride feel like she's in the warm, sunny desert on a rainy day?  We rally the team and execute the back up plan, bringing in over 100 tropical plants and cacti to create a mobile greenhouse inside of a clear tent.

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Corporate Plantscaping

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is not your average florist...did you know that we service some of your favorite spots all over Tucson?  That's right, we have a handful of our designs in restaurants, retail, corporate business, and landscaping firms.  We offer fresh flowers and living plants all rotated either weekly, or monthly.

Some of our past and present customers include;

Barre 3 Side Car Falora Maynard's Market + Kitchen Hotel Congress Saint House Rum Bar 47 Scott Agustin Kitchen Mast Food For Ascension Tap & Bottle Santa Rita Landscaping Rick Joy Architects Latitude Aerospace Engineering Baker + Hesseldenz

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Plants reduce stress and increase productivity in the workplace, our clients have discovered that adding living plants or fresh flora is essential to creating and maintaining a healthy and profitable environment.  Not only have plants shown to enhance worker productivity by 12% and reduce busy office noise, plant-filled rooms contain 50% to 60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria!

To learn more about our business to business program, or to set up a consultation, email us at info@lafleurplantscapes.com

Floral Workshop

Last week we hosted a floral design class at the atelier!  Given as a holiday gift by their husbands, these lucky ladies got to get their hands dirty and make some very advanced floral arrangements.  They learned how to use the tools of the trade,  how to cut and handle floral, as well as taping and wiring of succulents. IMG_9558

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Interested in taking a floral workshop?  We have a two-week series of classes coming to Atelier de LaFleur in August. This Foundation workshop includes eight design classes, a field trip to a local plant nursery and event styling/designing your own dinner party for 12 guests.The last class of the series is an introduction to tablescaping—a class in which we create two table settings, one minimalist and the other a country style, to teach how to combine flowers and table décor together

.  For more information on the Foundation Workshop, visit our website www.lafleurplantscapes.com and click on 'Atelier'. For questions or to sign up for the workshop email: mica@lafleurplantscapes.com

Aqua Linda Farms Wedding

We recently styled a wedding out at Aqua Linda Farms in Amado Az. Our inspiration for the floral was to design arrangements and bouquets that complemented the brides sash. Not only did we design some beautiful and unique floral, but also installed decor and linens as well. Aqua Linda 1795314_10202980527976705_2110391021_o 1959962_10202980524096608_233106390_n 1964960_10202980525856652_1889048055_n

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New Years Nuptials

This New England couple rang in the new year with "I do!"  Great views at the Ritz Carlton, two adorable french bulldogs, beautiful fresh flora, and fireworks to end the night...what more could you ask for?

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Floral Details

Most of our events are big affairs with plenty of pomp and circumstance, but this one was an intimate sunset wedding and we can't stop gushing over the photos! table 8

The lovely Tanque Verde Guest Ranch...yes we've styled quite a few events at this venue and we think it's because their clients love our design aesthetic.  Clean, natural, modern yet classic, eco-friendly floral design.

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LaFleur Plantscapes Supports Same-Sex Weddings

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In light of the current Arizona Senate bill allowing businesses to discriminate against our LGBTQI brothers and sisters, we felt compelled to share one of our recent same-sex weddings.  We are a downtown Tucson business that fully supports and is willing to serve our community regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability. 

This story is so close to home because it starts with one of our own, Amelia, Lead Designer and Manager of Atelier de LaFleur who recently married her best friend and partner in life Callie.  These two beautiful women met in the bay area 9 years ago and this summer they decided to tie the knot.

It was very important to both of them to create a ceremony that portrayed their spiritual beliefs. They specifically wanted to create an experience where everyone would feel included and the importance of the day would  fill their guests hearts with unconditional love.

ImageGuests were seated in a spiral and the wedding rings were blessed by passing them around to family and friends.They burned sage, called in the four directions of the Cherokee medicine wheel, the Seven Jewish Blessings were revised to represent their same-sex marriage and they displayed a ancestor altar.

Every detail of the ceremony and reception was styled by Amelia.  Hand-crafted banners, table numbers and party favors were made by family and friends and decor props were provided by LaFleur.

Amelia designed a bouquet that included hand picked cotton from a field in Alabama, dahlias, poppy pods, delphiniums and lace leaf dusty miller.

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Scout (American Bulldog), Luna (Olde English Bulldog), and Shelby (Olde French Bulldog) participated in the ceremony as ring bearers and additional entertainment throughout the evening.

LaFleur feels so honored to feature Amelia and Callie's wedding and we strongly believe their message of love and acceptance is universal.  We will continue to support same sex weddings, serving the entire Tucson community.

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Happy 2014!

WOW...I had no idea...2013  would exceed my expectations in every way!  I am so thankful for my beautifully talented and extremely dedicated team.  There's a standing joke that I require four things to get an internship or position with our firm ...

  1. Comfortable cowboy boots
  2. A little black dress
  3. Red lipstick
  4. The ability to lift 60 lb. in a dress, boots with red lipstick on and not bitch about it.

I hired all of my designers serendipitously. They are the happy accidents that every employer wishes for.  I feel so blessed to design along side them every week. Thank you- Amelia, Brittany, Megan, Lizzy, Nicole and Claire

Here's a few photos of our 2013 fall events- Image Image Image Image photography-Oz Visuals                              venue- Tubac Golf Resort

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, but Succulents are Green

I admit it! I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I believe in true love, love at first sight, and soul mates. I guess that's why I love Valentine's Day so much. Any time we can express to those we love how much we love them, well, I think that's worth celebrating. Even though I'm a romantic, I don't necessarily like to limit my Valentine's Day arrangements to the clichéd expressions we have of love. Don't get me wrong; I love roses and violets. I hope these flowers are given, grown, and cultivated forever. They are beautiful plants worth tending. I just think our expressions of love should be as unique as the people we are thinking of when we make them. Instead of a traditional bouquet of roses this year, tell the special guy or gal in your life how "hot" they are with bouquet of chilies. Let your partner know you value their commitment to a greener planet with a sustainable succulent arrangement that can be cultivated in an outdoor or indoor garden for years. Better yet, establish a container arrangement this year that you can add to for years to come, letting it grow along with your life together. And if all these suggestions don't quite inspire, I design a beautiful arrangement of roses that will express how lovely and beautiful you think your loved one is.

Contact me today to order your arrangements in time for Valentine's Day. La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is committed to providing you with the best customer service and highest quality arrangements for all your floral needs. I look forward to working with you!

February: The Month of Love

I think it would be fair to say that when February rolls around, pretty much everyone thinks of Valentine's Day. Love, hearts, candy, flowers...these are all the traditional images of how we say, "I love you," to those most special people in our lives. I encourage you to celebrate love in all the forms it takes in your life this year. Don't forget to tell your sweetheart how much he or she means to you. Better yet, show them how much you love them with a living arrangement from La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora. I can custom design arrangements for you to commemorate any special event. Do you remember what flowers were in your wife's wedding bouquet? I can create an arrangement using the same flowers and color palate. Does your mother have a favorite flower or plant? Let me know, and I can build a container garden for her that will last for years. Do you have a crush on someone special? How about surprising him at his office with a sustainable arrangement or succulent to add warmth, life, and a reminder of how much he's valued. La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is committed to creating unique arrangement that will capture the magic of your feelings for that special person in your life. Contact me today to secure your arrangement in time for Valentine's Day.

Giving Thanks from the Garden to the Table

Fall in the desert brings welcome relief from the heat of summer without losing the beautiful blush in the garden. Each autumn brings another opportunity to set aside time to give thanks for the harvest, for family, and for sharing what's simple and pure in our lives. I know I especially love sharing from my garden, and the Thanksgiving table is a perfect place to highlight some wonderful fall fare. The cooler, yet still mild, Tucson autumn is perfect for cultivating fresh herbs that compliment a traditional Thanksgiving meal particularly well. I like to grow sage in a pot to bring a refreshing scent to my patio, then easily move it inside on colder nights or to use in the kitchen. Some freshly cut deep silver-green foliage can easily be incorporated in a center-piece or bundled and laid on the plate as an eco-chic placard.

Besides herbs, there are many shrub varieties of mums that grow well in pots and translate easily from the garden to a centerpiece and back again. Try a Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) for fall blooms in a deep red, gold or burgundy. Choose a plant that is still small with few blooms from the nursery. Transplant to an un-glazed terra cotta pot and allow at least one week for it to get established. Once the plant has adjusted to its new home, the blooms will begin to open. Placing your potted mum at the center of your table is a great alternative to fresh cut flowers because it can be placed outside after use and is hard enough to survive winter.

For more ideas about incorporating local plants and flora into your holiday celebration, contact LaFleur Plantscapes & Fresh Flora at 520-548-1338 or info@lafleurplantcapes.com.