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. Today, I am showing you how to make a boutonniere. I want to show you how to first choose the right flowers for the boutonniere. Basically, there are three different elements we want to use. Our main flower, or our focal flower, in this case I am using a rose. I choose this because it actually is able to withstand a few hours out of water without wilting. A lot of flowers that you would find at a florist aren't going to hold up long enough to withstand being out of water for so long. So, a rose is a good choice. You could certainly use something like an orchid, or a gerber daisy or a gardenia, something like that will also work. My next type of flower is just an accent flower, this is just going to add a little bit of decoration. I am using Hypericum Berry, it's also a really sturdy flower that's going to hold up out of water. You could certainly use something like Baby's Breath, Caspia or any other filler type flower will work. Then I like to use two different types of greenery just for the background of the boutonniere. It's going to give it a little bit of texture and just finish it off. I use Italian Ruscus for this. It fits a rose really nicely, it's a good size. For a little bit of a different texture, this is a little bit lacier type greenery, it's called Plumosa, so I will be using both of those. So, that's how I chose my flowers for a boutonniere. Next, I am going to go ahead and show you how to wire and tape your boutonniere rose.