Flower arranging tips from famous florist Jeff Leatham


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NEW YORK – Celebrity florist Jeff Leatham talks about his illustrious career and shares some of his flower knowledge with PIX11’s Marysol Castro.

Jeff Leatham is a world famous designer who uses flowers to create one of the most beautiful and artistic exhibitions in the world. He is sought after by celebrities to create his floral masterpieces for their events and parties. As Leatham’s career continues to flourish, with a new collaboration with Waterford Crystal and an exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens, he still has time to show us how to create elegant and simple flower arrangements at home.

“Flowers make people happy, flowers create memories,” said Leatham, who has worked with flowers for over 20 years.

“I’ve worked with four seasons for my entire career, the 25 years of my career,” said Leatham, who spent his first five years in Los Angeles, before moving to Paris where he spent the last 20. years.

At the Four Seasons George V in Paris, Leatham transformed the lobby into a rotating art exhibition.

“The George V in Paris really put me on the map because that’s where we started to create ‘in your face’ flowers,” Leatham said.

Her client lists read like a Hollywood who’s who, including actress Sofia Vergara and influencer Kim Kardashian.

“Most of my famous clients and my clients in general, we have personal relationships,” Leatham explained, “so it’s just fun and we get together and we play and we decide what we want to do about it. event.”

This year, he is the guest designer of the New York Botanical Garden 2020 Orchid Show titled “The Kaleidoscope”.
Although he was used to creating on a large scale, Leatham gave us some tips for creating quick and easy arrangements at home, including sticking to Leatham’s “rule of threes”.

“Never use more than three types of flowers, never use more than 3 colors together,” Leatham explained, “keeping things pretty monochrome, keeping things as clean, simple and chic as possible.”

Leatham said a quick way to make a beautiful flower decoration, by popping the long-stemmed rose heads and floating them in a bowl full of water.

“It’s the easiest way to create something really simple in your home,” Leatham said.

Leatham said for him that vases are the most important thing when creating a large display, and his latest collaboration with Waterford was to create something that people could use in their homes every day.

“So it’s not as intimidating, ‘oh that’s so good I don’t want to use it,’” Leatham explained.

But don’t fade if you don’t have a fancy vase, said Leatham, feel free to use what’s in your kitchen cabinet.

“Even if you only have champagne glasses at home, often champagne glasses at my house are the best vase,” Leatham remarked.

Another tip from Leatham, glue the flowers together so they stay grouped and look prettier.

Whether it’s a big show or a personal bouquet, Leatham says he views his work as creating experiences and good times, using all the beauty that nature has to offer.

“It makes people, it brightens their day,” said Leatham, “So it’s great to work in an industry that makes people happy.”


Rosalie M. Dehner