2020 Trends and Techniques

How to make an arrangement in a foam-free container

Della Robbia Sytle Foam Free Arrangement


I try hard to keep up with new trends and techniques as a professional floral designer. Today I would like to talk about the current trends, one of which is Sustainability. What can we do to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance? In the floral industry, this means using more locally grown flowers and reusable or biodegradable hard goods.

In order to make this arrangement floral foam-free, I used some floral netting aka chicken wire. You can certainly go to a hardware store and purchase it but make sure that it is coated so it won’t rust in the water. The floral materials should last longer when designed in water than in floral foams. Floral foams are used one time only but floral netting can be used over and over.

How to place the floral netting:

Simply cut a piece of floral netting in the size you need and roll it up so it will create a few layers of the material. Fit it in the container and add water to it.

Design trends:

Whatever the current trends are, almost everything we do is influenced by heritage design styles from hundreds of years ago. This is called The Della Robbia style which is named after Luca Della Robbia who was a renaissance artist in Italy. Florists incorporate the Della Robbia influence whenever we add fruits or vegetables to our design

I found really nice Ornamental Kale so I used it as my vegetable. For apples and grapes, I used wood picks to help them stay in the container. I grouped some materials to make stronger focal points. I also added different textures to create interest in the design.


  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Ornamental Kale
  • Ranunculus
  • Amaranthus
  • Sumac
  • Salal
  • Pittosporum
  • Israeli Ruscus

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