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Review by Farm Country
Designed to teach the wonderful art of floral arrangement and crafts, along
with making wreaths, all in a systematic approach. Colleges teach this type
course as "Horticulture 352: Flower Arranging." This course covers enough for a
one-semester high school credit. With marketing plans and practice, it becomes a
one-year high school credit.
Getting to know the tools: bases and containers; buying and making, materials:
fresh, man-made, dried, gadgets. Successful techniques: design and inspiration,
seasonal arrangements, making bows and loops, drying and preserving, critiquing
for betterment, creating a marketing plan, pricing, contacts, advertising,
booths and shows.
Synopsis by Kym Wright
In the Floral Adventure! learn the varieties of flowers
and fillers; silk, plastic and natural plants; dried or preserved versus fresh,
and the tools of the trade. The different bases, finishings and containers are
covered, as are the diverse floral shapes available. Line, form, texture, color,
balance, visual weight, harmony and scale are discussed, as are sources of
inspiration and design projects. Learn to make bows, loops, streamers, and
tendrils, while finding ways to make and attach wreaths. Special occasion floral
arrangements are researched and taught, as are making "bundles" of flowers:
posies, bouquets, hanging flowers, tussy-mussies, nosegays and ropes. One
section covers the different methods for drying flowers and fillers by air,
oven, microwave and chemicals. Learn to make beautiful paper stationery and
stationary arrangements. The storage and care of floral designs is discussed
along with setting up a financially prosperous business with a Business Plan
included. Appendix listings include field trip ideas, internet websites to
visit, a wonderful book list, and a form to analyze flora arrangements you see.
Lesson plans and notes on how to use this unit round out the study. Similar to
high school and college courses hailed as "Horticulture 352: Flower Arranging,"
this 90-page unit on Floral Adventure! can be used as a semester
or year-long high school course on horticultural arts.