What You Need To Know About Flowers | History Of Floral Design

by Monday, June 13, 2016

Floral design has evolved from its simplest to the most complex kind way of arrangement. Today, let me share you a throwback from where it all started. If you love flowers and into a floral arrangement, stick around to learn about the colorful history of floral design.

What You Need To Know About Flowers | History Of Floral Design

Interesting Facts To Discover About Floral Design’s History

We may sometimes overlook some important facts and history in floral design. Its history and some significant details that paved way to what we have today. There’s a lot to write on, from the Egyptian period to Greek to Roman. What we’re about to share today are a few highlights from each of the periods that have made a great contribution to the development and transformation of the floral industry from old age up to the modern times.


The Egyptian Period

During the Egyptian period, flowers were used in a traditional way. These includes the use of flowers for temple offerings, garlands making, decorating banquet tables, and making wreaths for guests. Flower design at this time was simple and there was a repetition of a particular pattern. A typical design looks like this: a single flower piece, with a single bud or a leaf on either side of the flower arrangement.


The Greek Period

The Greek Period | What You Need To Know About Flowers | History Of Floral Design

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All throughout the Greek period, flowers were used for adornment. People often uses cornucopia for their flower arrangements. This period, the arrangements were mostly symmetrical and triangular.


The Roman Period

It was about this time that the flowers were arranged in baskets and sometimes in cornucopias. Crowns, garlands, and wreaths still existed.


The Byzantine Period

The Byzantine Period | What You Need To Know About Flowers | History Of Floral Design

The floral designs from the Greek and Roman period still existed during this time. Fruits are combined with the flower arrangements. Most of the designs were arranged in baskets, low containers, or goblets.


The Medieval Period

Flowers were used for religious events, and most of the arrangements were also containerized. This period is more of oriental designs.


The Rennaisance Period

This period is still influenced by the Greek and Roman designs. One of its signature styles is the French bouquet.


The Baroque Period

Also known as the Flemish Period. Few of the floral designs introduced where oval and symmetrical. Tulips, roses, and white lilies are only a few flowers that have been consistently used during this period. Fruits and shells were included as accessories for the arrangement.


The Georgian Period

On the first half of this period, it showed only a little concern for design, but during the later part of this period, great designs became evident. Roses were used abundantly for the flower arrangement.


The Victorian Period

The Victorian Period | What You Need To Know About Flowers | History Of Floral Design

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This period required roses for most of their arrangements as roses were very popular. Typical Victorian floral designs were in an oval and round shapes. Victorian period flower arrangement showed great elegance and romance.


Modern Period

In 1910, Modern Period began. That was at this period wherein people uses containers to place their bouquets of flowers. After the First World War, people’s interest to do flower arrangement rapidly increased. Designers have put together both Oriental line arrangement and the ones that came from Europe.

The Dutch style is one of the floral designs which turned out to be increasingly popular. Particular description style of the Dutch floral designs are as follows: arrangement using groups of the same flowers, using parallel lines arrangement design, and a natural garden style. The use of hand tied bouquets increased and perennials were also increasing. At present Colombia of South America is the center of the production of flowers.

To name some floral designs during the Modern Period, they were:

During the Art Nouveau period, the containers being used were carving and asymmetrical and patterned after the shape of plants or flowers. Art Deco, corsages became popular. Free Form Expression, arrangement became more expressive. Geometric Mass Design, compote floral containers were popularly used and geometric bouquets were common.

Floral designing is an art of doing an arrangement that is pleasing to the eyes by using plant materials and flowers. Sometimes it is called flower arrangement and people who make flower designs make use of floral design techniques and principles. And these principles are the rules and techniques being followed by the florists to make a beautiful flower arrangement. Included in these principles are balance, proportion, rhythm, and dominance.

Balance in floral design refers to equality of your arrangement’s visual or physical weight. Proportion is the appealing relationship between the size and shape of flowers, plant materials, objects or parts of them.  Rhythm is the organization of floral design elements in an orderly manner to create a visual pathway. Dominance in an arrangement means that there’s one element in your design, making it more noticeable that catches the viewer’s interest. All these should be present in your arrangement to make it outstanding.


Watch this video tutorial for a Unique Sunflowers Arrangement from Scribble:

The art of flower design and arrangement has a surprisingly long yet colorful history. Flowers have played an essential role in public celebrations of all kinds, religious ceremonies, folk festivals,  and of course, courtships. With this article, we hope you’ve learned how arranging flowers reflect cultural influences around the world.


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