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We recently collaborated with some of Tucson's finest to create a beautiful "kinfolk" inspired wedding shoot.  Photographer Elizabeth McDonnell invited us to her family's ranch in Patagonia, AZ to design and style the decor and floral for this heart warming project.  Be sure to view our time lapse production at the end of the blog! Atelier de LaFleur specializes in event production, wedding planning, decor styling and exquisite floral.

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Flowers/Styling/ Design: Atelier de LaFleur


Lead Photographer: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography


Second Photographer/ second shooter: Kelsey Shirley Photography


Fresh organic vegetables/ herbs/ produce: Sleeping Frog Farm


 Clothing styling/ wardrobe/ Brides custom made dress/ Jewelry: Avenue Boutique


Hair styling & make up: Studio 110


Cake: Sugar Song Cakes http://www.sugarsongcakes.com/

Stationary/ Menu/ Invites/ Place cards: DeFilippis Designs https://www.facebook.com/defilippisdesigns

 Handmade Local Whiskey: Whiskey Del Bac


Handcrafted Local Beer: Dragoon Brewery 


Local Bread: Time Market


Local Wine: Arizona Stronghold & Pillsbury wine company 

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Handcrafted Olive Oil: Queen Creek Olive Mill


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














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.

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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










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

Nature's Sacred Function

"The Juniper or Red Cedar is preeminently a rock tree, occupying the baldest domes and pavements in the upper silver fir and alpine zones, at a height from 7000 to 9500 feet....Barring accidents, for all I can see they would live forever; even when overthrown by avalanches, they refuse to lie at rest, lean stubbornly on their big branches as if anxious to rise, and while a single root holds to the rock, put forth fresh leaves with a grim, never-say-die expression." -- John Muir (from Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple complied by Chris Highland). Few naturalists have had the deep understanding of and connection with nature like John Muir. He spoke of nature evangelically, with passion and zeal. He believed nature could mend the human mind and spirit simply by engaging it. Among his musings on nature Muir records a great affinity for trees. He sees them almost like people; bringing character and strength to the landscape like a group of dedicated field workers. They refuse to let the land succumb to erosion. It is their sacred purpose to hold the mountains together until their last root fails.

This time of year is inspiring as the climate warms and the sun grows stronger, we too, like John Muir can derive strength from seeing nature work at it's divine purpose. Planting native trees like Desert Willow or Arizona Ash provide much needed habitat, shade, and protection from erosion. I think adding trees to the landscape give a sense of hope - like Muir reminds me. Trees, once established, relentlessly provide life on a landscape. And seeing nature thrive in the bareness of even a desert is inspiring.

La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora can provide you with a complimentary consultation to help you determine what native varieties of trees would work best to shade and enhance your home. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

January Plant of the Month: Devil's Claw

If you are an avid hiker like myself, you have certainly come across Devil's Claw at some point or other on your treks around the desert. Devil's Claw (Proboscidea) is a flowering plant of the Martyniaceae family, although you're probably more familiar with it in it's dried form. This robust plant is native of the southwestern United States and is particularly prolific in Arizona. Native tribes of the southwestern United States have been cultivating Devil's Claw for many years. The long, stem-like fruit of the Devil's Claw has been used in basket weaving by these native cultures since cultivation began.

But Devil's Claw is a multi-faceted plant. When most people think of Devil's Claw, they think of the mature, dried fruit of the plant that is woody and incorporated in baskets, wreaths or other sculpture. But this same fruit that makes for such durable structure is a desert delicacy when still in it's green stage. The steamed fruit is reminiscent of okra, packed with protein rich seeds. It's this multi-dimensional quality that has endeared it to desert dwellers for as long as there have been desert dwellers.

Thinking about Devil's Claw in a more modern context, I would like to recommend it's use as a landscaping ornamental. It is an annual, but has developed is particularly adept at re-seeding itself. Not to mention, it is absolutely gorgeous in it's flowering state. The blooms are reminiscent of a trumpet flower in the most delicate shades of tropical pink. This hearty desert plant requires little water or attention. It's adapted to thrive in our ecosystem. Native Seeds/SEARCH offers seven different varieties of Devil's Claw for landscaping or vegetable gardening.

Think this beautiful plant would make a welcome addition to your garden? Contact me for a complimentary consultation to see how we can include more native plants into your outdoor space. La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is committed to providing Tucson with the best in sustainable plantscaping.

Birds in the Garden: Naughty or Nice?

As a gardener rather than a birder, I admit it's hard for me to think of birds as feathered friends rather than feathered foes. When considering birds in my garden space, I usually spend most of the time devising ways to keep them away from newly planted seeds and young seedlings instead of finding ways to encourage their presence in my garden space. But let's face it: Birds are here to stay. Is there any way my garden and the birds can co-habitate peacefully? According to a recent article in January/February 2012 issue Hobby Farm Home magazine, growers can create "bird friendly" spaces in their gardens that provide sustenance for our pollinator friends, and deter them from tender new growth planted for us. The article suggested trying to intentionally create a "bird seed garden," with an emphasis on plants and flowers that attract birds like sunflowers, cereal grains, and even hops. Intentionally growing a bird-friendly space away from your other growing endeavors will help deter the birds from seeking food from your flower beds and vegetable patches; not to mention, reduce your carbon footprint. How? Well, if a bird can acquire nutrition through seeds, grains, and even insects from your garden, less commercial seed will have to be purchased. The less seed refined and trucked to stores, means less green house emissions for our environment.

I know inviting birds into our gardens is a new concept to those of us with a green thumb. But this season of giving coupled with the fallow ground puts me in a generous mood. Gardens are therapeutic because they are places of respite and refreshment. I think our feathered friends could benefit from this too.

Have you found birds to be friends in your garden? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a post or contact me today. LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora offers a complimentary consultation to help you achieve the garden of your dreams. Check out my website for a complete listing of the services we offer.

Save Water with a Drip Irrigation System

Now that we've moved into the second "wet" season of desert living, it isn't necessary to water plants as much as during warmer, drier months. I always recommend a drip irrigation system to my clients to keep their gardens lush and healthy year round. Drip irrigation means placing tubing around the base of your plants to slowly drip water directly to the root system to maximize the effectiveness of watering without using anymore water than is necessary. Using a drip irrigation system is a fool-proof way to water plants exactly as they need to be each season without wasting the desert's most precious resource. Drip irrigation systems are easy to install and maintain. With a little planning, you can say goodbye to manual watering all together. Here are some additional benefits to using drip irrigation: • Drip irrigation systems can be adapted to the shape of your garden or run in lines to larger container arrangements. • Drip irrigation keeps the cost of watering down by watering more efficiently with less water. • Drip irrigation systems can be set to a timer to water consistently and at the most effective times of day; you can set it and forget it!

Caring for our delicate desert ecosystem is a responsibility we all share as Tucson residents. Installing and using a drip irrigation system is just one of many ways we can all contribute to make a greener community. What other measures have you taken to make your life a little greener? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a message in the comments section or contact me directly.

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora specializes in creating sustainable eco-chic gardens both indoors and outdoors - including installing drip irrigation systems. I'd love to give you a complimentary consultation to show you what a little green can do for you.