New Floral Design Classes by Alexsandria Vaughan

Flower Crown Class October 3rd.

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Saturday morning at 10am we'll be sipping mimosas and noshing on brunchy snacks while learning the slightly complicated but highly rewarding art of flower crowns. In some ways, flower crowns get down to the very basics of design. Each individual flower is purposeful and must be placed exactly right. Come shut your brain off to the outside world, ignore work, forget about your kids, and be creative with your hands and some gorgeous flowers.

Also on the calendar...

November 2nd, The Table Centerpiece

November 16th, Flowers For The Home

A little eye candy by Alexsandria Vaughan

Mary Ellen Skye recently took a few photos of an arrangement I made for her new house. They came out so damn good I thought I'd share them on the blog.

I was inspired by her home decor and general style. I hunted around Metro Wholesale for the perfect flowers. The pomegranates were the catalyst for the entire arrangement.

I was inspired by her home decor and general style. I hunted around Metro Wholesale for the perfect flowers. The pomegranates were the catalyst for the entire arrangement.

"Patience" garden roses, astilbe, scabiosa, freesia, camellia greens and ferns. And of course, pomegranates. 

"Patience" garden roses, astilbe, scabiosa, freesia, camellia greens and ferns. And of course, pomegranates. 

A King's Feast by Alexsandria Vaughan

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Go check out our recent event just posted to the events gallery!

This was done for a 40th surprise birthday party. At the last minute I decided to create a bridal bouquet just for the photos because everything looked so lovely I thought it would make a great wedding inspiration.

I found this image when looking for inspiration for this party. Pintrest is nice when you want to find images of parties and centerpieces people have already done but my go-to for raw inspiration is google images. You never know what will come up there. I searched "peaches and figs" the fruits of the season and found this image. The party was for a man so I wanted it to be masculine. He was turning 40 and well regarded among his peers so I wanted to create something that was sophisticated and representative of a distinguished man of a certain age. 

You can check out the rest of the photos by clicking the button bellow! Emjoy!

Photography by Diana Lee Zadlo

Planning by Debra Geiger

August Class! by Alexsandria Vaughan

There's a new floral design class on the calendar! We'll be learning simple techniques on how to make the perfect bouquet that can double as a simple vase arrangement. As with all my classes, you take home what you made along with a bullet pointed print out to help you remember what you learned later on.

Check it out and sign up by filling out the form on the contact page.

This week's bundle by Alexsandria Vaughan

Tree peonies are a rare and wonderful treat.

A treat that Birchwood subscribers absolutely deserve and is exactly what they'll be getting this week!

If you don't know about our floral subscription service you need to check it out. I am personally sourcing the best flowers available ANYWHERE and delivering them right to your door here in Nashville.

Last week we sent out these beauties.

You can sign up for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

To be a floral designer by Alexsandria Vaughan

For over ten years I've been surrounded by flowers. My passion for flowers has not dwindled in the slightest. Nature is a master designer and the flower is its pièce de résistance! Floral design feels to me like a loving worship of nature and its design mastery. Every truly great floral designer I've met has a deep reverence for flowers. They'll stop dead in their tracks when they catch sight of the perfect open rose. They stand around oohing and ahhing at a new and exciting variety of a tried and true flower. Their eyes roll involuntarily to the back of their heads when they take a deep inhale of a bunch of fresh sweetpeas.

This is what it is to be in love with your work. This is what it is to be a floral designer. When a floral designer is enamored with flowers and nature it shows in their work.

I have three favorite floral designers I'd love to introduce you to. Their love for the incomparable beauty of flowers is clearly evident in their work.

Lewis Miller is based in NYC. His company does full event design but his passion is clearly in the flowers.

His compositions are natural and loose but what makes his designs exceptional are the elements he chooses. In this arrangement in particular it's the potato vine and rare variety of iris that makes the piece unique.

His compositions are natural and loose but what makes his designs exceptional are the elements he chooses. In this arrangement in particular it's the potato vine and rare variety of iris that makes the piece unique.

Kimm Birkicht of The Velvet Garden in Los Angeles. I had the great honor of working for her for a few years in the early years of my floral design career. She's a wonderfully creative and passionate woman and I learned so much from her. I feel so lucky that she was the one to help mold my floral design skill and sensibility. I can still see her influence in my designs today.

Kimm"s preferred style is lush and compact. Grouping the flowers together within the arrangement to give the eye time to notice each variety within the arrangement.

Kimm"s preferred style is lush and compact. Grouping the flowers together within the arrangement to give the eye time to notice each variety within the arrangement.

Ariella Chezar started out in upstate new york but now has a studio in the city. She makes her arrangements look absolutely effortless. It's as though they grew naturally and perfectly from their vases.

One of her signature traits is the use of fruiting branches as seen above with the blackberry twigs.

One of her signature traits is the use of fruiting branches as seen above with the blackberry twigs.

All of these designers have a clear passion for their craft. Like any great artist in any other medium they each have a signature look without creating a shtick. I would love to see work like this in Nashville!

Floral Subscriptions! by Alexsandria Vaughan

Great news friends! Birchwood has started a floral subscription service!

Working in flowers for so many years on both coasts has provided me with a wealth of knowledge. One of the most important and useful bits of knowledge I've acquired is an extensive list of the best flower wholesalers and growers from around the world. Now I'm going to use that knowledge to bring the freshest, most gorgeous, most unique flowers right to your front door on a regular basis.

Get a big bundle of these lovelies sent to your front door!

Get a big bundle of these lovelies sent to your front door!

The concept is pretty simple really. Just like a magazine subscription, except instead of a boring magazine you get the freshest, most fan-frickin'-tastic flowers available in Nashville delivered to your door on a regular basis. You can sign up right here on the website just click the button below.

Choose from weekly, bi-monthly (every other week), and monthly options. Simple bundles of beauties you can arrange yourself, or expertly designed, custom arrangements made specifically for your taste and space. And there's no contract so you can cancel at any time. We don't want to force you to live amongst incredible flowers (we're hoping we don't have to!).