Kara BeckettKara is currently the owner and principal designer of Gathered Stems, located in McLean, Virginia. With over 10 years of horticulture and design experience, Kara, along with her partner, Margaret Flis, has created a one of a kind floral studio, focusing on natural and simplistic beauty. Kara’s technical knowledge and creative flair in home décor, wedding and event designs, as well as unique fresh florals, along with her ability to interpret her clients' needs, continues to make her a favorite in the community. Kara stays active in the community, leading hands-on workshops and demonstrations in floral design to groups such as garden clubs, local women’s associations, and civic groups. Gathered Stems continues to be featured in distinguished publications such as Southern Accents Magazine, and Home & Design.
Hi, my name is Kara Beckett, I am with Gathered Stems. I have worked in the floral industry and studied horticulture for over ten years, and I currently own a shop in McLean, Virginia. Today, I am going to show you how to make a standard boutonniere. A boutonniere is something a man would typically wear, something like a wedding or dance or prom or other formal event like that. This is what it's going to look like. In order to make this we need a few basic floral tools. Now, you can pick any of these up at a local craft store, or of course the florist will have all these supplies, and you could certainly get them from there as well. We are going to need a pair of utility snips, some scissors, a piece of medium gauge floral wire, some stem tape, going to need a couple of boutonniere pins, and then at the end we are just going to finish it off with a little bit of sheer ribbon. So, let's go ahead and get started, making the boutonniere. We are going to first choose our flowers for our boutonniere.