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Gift Guide: For the Instagram Floral Arranger

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Gift Guide: For the Instagram Floral Arranger

December 7, 2017

What’s the perfect gifts for a social-media savvy flower fanatic? Beautiful accessories, camera-ready kit, and indulgent courses will all be gratefully received—read on for some of our favorites.

Hand-Turned Twine Stands

A Jumbo Twine Stand comes with a ball of jute twine; £45 from West&#8\2\17;s of East Dean.
Above: A Jumbo Twine Stand comes with a ball of jute twine; £45 from West’s of East Dean.
A ball of twine is a basic necessity for any florist, but add an elegant stand and it can be transformed into something beautiful. Family firm West’s of East Dean, which has been making wooden furniture and accessories on the Sussex Downs since 1809, makes a hand-turned oak stand with an elegant acorn-shaped top. The company also sells a smaller version of the stand as well as beautifully made tools and oak and copper plant labels too.

Ribbons

Sumptuous ribbons can make an arrangement. For the most picturesque range of trimmings visit a specialist like Annabel Lewis’s VV Rouleaux in London where there are thousands of velvet, silk, organza, grosgrain, and georgette ribbons in every conceivable hue as well as specialist wire-edged ribbons.
Above: Sumptuous ribbons can make an arrangement. For the most picturesque range of trimmings visit a specialist like Annabel Lewis’s VV Rouleaux in London where there are thousands of velvet, silk, organza, grosgrain, and georgette ribbons in every conceivable hue as well as specialist wire-edged ribbons.

Green Glass Vases

A Green Glass Vase is available in two sizes, for £45 or £55, depending on size, from Cox & Cox.
Above: A Green Glass Vase is available in two sizes, for £45 or £55, depending on size, from Cox & Cox.
Anyone who has swooned at the capacious vase room of Danish florist Claus Dalby will appreciate the calming allure of cool green glass. Vintage vases like Dalby’s are easy to find at auction or antique markets but new interpretations also can look just as effective. Cox & Cox’s green balloon vases look just as good with or without an arrangement.

Japanese Garden Scissors

A pair of Sentei Garden Scissors is £\29 at Niwaki.
Above: A pair of Sentei Garden Scissors is £29 at Niwaki.
These beautifully designed and super strong carbon steel scissors are perfect for trimming cut flowers. The small blades mean that they are useful for accurate snipping too. £29

Stone-Washed Linen Aprons

A Linen Apron available in \20 colors is available in three sizes, at prices from  €48 from Once Milano.
Above: A Linen Apron available in 20 colors is available in three sizes, at prices from  €48 from Once Milano.
Once Milano’s Italian stone-washed linen aprons come in three different sizes and in an incredible range of subdued shades. You can also make them personal with an embroidered monogram. From £48

Cigar Press Vases

A Cigar Press Vase is £75 from Jam Jar.
Above: A Cigar Press Vase is £75 from Jam Jar.
JamJar’s naturalistic arrangements have made it one of London’s most sought-after florists and one of the company’s novel inventions is now available to buy. The Cigar Press Vase is made from vintage wooden cigar molds that are filled with a line of test tubes to hold single stems of seasonal flowers.

Willow Trugs

A Willow Jekyll Trug is £\2\10 from The New Craftsmen.
Above: A Willow Jekyll Trug is £210 from The New Craftsmen.
Hilary Burns, who originally trained in textiles, is a basket maker based in Devon. Her Jekyll trug is an update on the legendary British garden designer’s own Munstead basket. Designed to hold flowers, the basket is made from willow, which Burns grows and harvests on the Dartington Estate in Devon.

Flower Arrangement Workshops

A Vase Arranging Workshop is £75 from The Flower Appreciation Society.
Above: A Vase Arranging Workshop is £75 from The Flower Appreciation Society.

Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey are better known as the East London florists behind the Flower Appreciation Society whose wildly romantic arrangements have been a hit with their fashionable clients since they launched in 2009. They also run popular workshops at their Hackney HQ, including a Vase Arranging class which will cover conditioning, selecting, and arranging flowers, all of which you can take home after the class.

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