February 13th, 2014
Welcome to The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens. We are delighted to provide flowers for weddings and special occasions of all kinds. Our floral designer, Susie Nadler, will work with you to create beautiful custom designs for your event using seasonal, California-grown flowers and plants.
Susie and The Cutting Garden are available for events and weddings in 2014 and 2015. At this time, however, The Cutting Garden is not equipped to accommodate requests for single-bouquet deliveries.
If you would like to inquire about availability or schedule a consultation, please email Susie@floragrubb.com with details about your event (if you have them), including date, location, and number of guests expected.
In the meantime, you can enjoy photos and descriptions of Susie’s work below, or visit her Flickr portfolio here.
February 13th, 2014
Another autumn beauty… two lovely ladies up at Olympia’s Valley, a dairy farm in Petaluma with an old Victorian farmhouse and some crazy golden light. Thanks to photographer Gretchen Gause for capturing it all so beautifully and sharing the photos with us. Congratulations, Meghan and Emily!
Isn’t the fanned-out eucalyptus on the archway so amazing? My friend Alysia Marie installed the design; you can see more of her work here.
February 10th, 2014
When this sweet couple was married at Cavallo Point Lodge last October, I got to play around with the autumnal palette, which I love to do. The challenge in fall weddings is designing with the glorious burnt foliage and rich earthy colors without making anything feel too harvest-y. For this one we incorporated some soft mint greens, blush and peach (all of which are very hot now, color-wise, for weddings) and then an unexpected note of maroon, which the bride wanted and I was skeptical about at first. But it turned out so pretty! Cavallo Point, with its old military buildings and grassy coastal setting, is one of my favorite places to work. Thanks to the fabulous Kate Harrison for capturing everything so beautifully in these photos; also loved working with Lisa McNichol from And Something Blue. If you’re getting married anytime soon, put both these ladies on your list to call.
January 10th, 2014
Priyanka and Rohan’s wedding was so much fun to work on… tons of color; giant, beautiful organic dahlias and garden roses direct from my favorite growers; and the backdrop of the Academy of Sciences, one of my favorite places in the city. Thanks to photographer Julie Weisberg for sharing her lovely shots!
Priyanka’s gown was such a knockout. I love the way the detail of the beading echoes the detail of her henna… but then you’re reading this for the flowers, right? Okay, okay. Dahlias, garden roses, and California-grown orchids in vibrant, warm shades; abelia, eucalyptus, asparagus plumosa; and some succulent rosettes in ocean blues and greens.
For Priyanka’s bouquet she wanted something simple and romantic: a bouquet of dusty pink garden roses with a blousy bow. I usually make bouquets with lots of texture and unexpected forms, so I loved making this, so classic and elegant.
December 14th, 2013
We thought it might be fun to collect some favorite photos from Cutting Garden weddings to provide some inspiration for your holiday décor, from table to tree. Take a look below and find some outside-the-box ideas for decorating this Christmas.
Foraging for mossy branches is such a fun winter family activity; look for minty green lichen with hints of golden orange for color. You can glue or wire succulent cuttings or tillandsia air plants onto your branches and lay them down the center of a long table for a living conversation piece that will last for weeks. Just give it a nice mist of water every few days to keep it looking happy. Floral wire (sometimes called bindwire) is a good tool for attaching the plants to your branches. For succulent cuttings without stems, you can always just use a hot glue gun! It won’t hurt the plant; just peel off the scarred area when you’re ready to plant the succulent again in your garden.
For a long table, it’s fun to play with the shape of your arrangement. We made a kind of double-sided cornucopia here with a block of floral foam wrapped with burlap. The look of flowers spilling out both sides was festive and warm.
If you’re going for a rustic look, scour ebay or flea markets for centerpiece containers. If you search “cheese crate” you can find little boxes like these imprinted with old lettering. Fill the little box with a few party-size plastic cups to hold your water; use scotch tape in a grid over the mouth of each up to make a homemade floral “frog” for arranging your stems. You can include succulent cuttings from your garden (pierced with wire to give them a “stem”) in among the fresh flowers, then give them away to guests, who can plant them in their own gardens once the other flowers have faded.
It’s easy to save some scraps to dress up your serving platters; even a little effortless detail like this can make a cocktail party feel so inviting.
Succulent rosettes (soil and roots removed), moss and some asparagus fern can dress up a buffet table too. Fill an unconventional planter (like the little drawer pictured here) or just lay them on the table with some rocks to weigh down the moss.
If you can dig up some old bottles, this is a pretty way to display them, along the back of a table with your buffet plates or hors d’oeurves at their feet. Pale colors and metallics are a nice alternative to the traditional holiday palette. We gilded some baby pomegranates for this tabletop using a non-toxic edible spray like this one (usually for cake decorating).
Lanterns trailing up your staircase or along the edge of a deck (we have some beautiful ones in stock!) look even more magical decorated with some flowers, succulents, and tillandsias. Surround your candle with plants spilling out or just decorate the top of the lantern, maybe with some vines and lichen dangling over the sides.
Bunches of wispy asparagus fern, dressed at the top with a large tillandsia air plant and maybe some fresh flowers, can be a beautiful way to welcome guests as a swag on your front door or tied along a stair rail.
Come see us at the gardens to make your own centerpieces and pick out plants to dress up your home for the season!
June 21st, 2013
Michelle and John got married at her parents’ home high up on Mt. Tam, overlooking the mountains and the Bay. I love weddings at home because they feel so personal, and in this case Michelle and her mom had worked hard to transform the garden for the big day. I had seen it first in the winter, and when I returned for the wedding setup I couldn’t believe how lush and green everything looked, with majestic tree ferns, copious blooms, and carefully tended succulents. Such an inspiring setting! Photos by Darcy; visit darcyweddings.com to see more of her amazing work.
Vibrant yellows and icy blues and grays were the order of the day, with creamy white and wispy green mixed in. For Michelle’s bouquet we used some breathtaking garden roses and ranunculus; belladonna; honeysuckle; viburnum blooms; dusty miller; eucalyptus and tillandsias.
We created their chuppah with birch poles and mossy branches; Michelle’s wedding band has a twig motif, so she wanted to carry that through the wedding decorations. Vining elkhorn moss, tillandsias, roses and ranunculus added color and texture to the structure.
Congratulations, Michelle and John! I had so much fun working with you and the incredible team behind your wedding.
June 12th, 2013
I’m so excited to share these photos from a lovely, moody March wedding down the coast in Pescadero. At Pie Ranch, the plum trees had just burst into bloom, and the air was dewy and cool. The talented ladies from Going Lovely were the planners behind the party; we’re lucky to have these amazing shots from photographer Braedon Flynn. Thanks for sharing!
Here are a few different looks at the bridal bouquet, with lots of springtime goodness including anemones, sweet peas, ranunculus, manzanita blooms, heather, dusty miller, and agonis, along with some excellent tillandsia specimens and little echeveria rosettes.
Lantern for the precious flower girl!
The bridesmaids wore dark gray, which set off the flowers so beautifully.
The ceremony took place in the lovely old barn at the edge of Pie Ranch on Highway One. We did four tall sprays of pink and white plum with anemones and larkspur,and a big lush bouquet for the stand of vintage doors that formed the ceremony backdrop.
Going Lovely did a beautiful job with all of the nice little vintage-y details. Check out the typewriter seating chart…
May 6th, 2013
I just loved Sora and Dan’s approach to the look and feel of their wedding at the Olema Inn last fall. They wanted to keep everything simple and elegant and clean — white linens, white sheafs of gauzy fabric strung from the trees — and then the flowers were riotously colorful and full of texture. We had so much fun with them. These stunning photos come from Wilson Lee (except the sixth and seventh shots (noted below), which were taken by a friend of Sora’s). Thank you, Wilson and Sora and Dan, for sharing them!
Aren’t Wilson’s photos just light-filled and lovely? Here are the two lovely candids Sora’s friend shared with us as well:
And more below from Wilson Lee, inside the beautiful dining room at the Olema Inn.