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Introducing Our All New Video Gallery

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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Not sure about the types of work we do? Want to see us in action but haven’t been able to? Well now you can.

After several months of development, we are pleased to announce the launch of our online video gallery!

The video facility aims to give you a chance to see live footage of the events we have done and get to know us and our style a little better. You will also be able to view videos of our flower arranging sessions, filmed in a way you can easily follow, for free, at home.

We will be updating our gallery weekly, with new videos, tips, hints and event work we have done. Make sure you stay updated for some of the hottest floristry videos in London!

Innovation Award Nomination for Lambeth Business Awards!

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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Featured in yesterday’s South London Press (Left – Right: Carol, Todd, Lesley, Kalina)

We’ve been nominated for the innovation award at this years Lambeth Business Awards! The innovation is based around a brand new wedding product we’ll be offering our lovely brides from late Feburary! It’s all very hush hush at the moment but as soon as we launch it we’ll promise to let you all know!

The award ceremony is taking place on the 23rd of February and we’re up against some great competition, including our sister brand Flowers24Hours.co.uk! Good luck to all participants on the evening and see you all there!

Salvaged flowers save the day!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Flowers can be a very important element for just about any event. They can brighten up and add the finishing touches to just about any space you can imagine, even fields and pastures!

The World Equestrian Games, soon to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park. But the road to preparing the event was not all smooth sailing. Around mid-summer organizers of the event found that their floral budget had been cut.

Luckily with a helping hand and generous donation from the UK College of Agriculture, the games will not be short of flowers.

Volunteers involved in solving the problem also found themselves short on time to grow the flowers. So they had to approach the problem from a different angle. Flowers that hadn’t been sold, or were on their way to dying were tended and brought back to life.

The volunteers made their way through several greenhouses, salvaging whatever they could find. With a bit of fertilizer and some re-potting the flowers were ready for their trip across the ocean.

The flowers will be used to decorate the park and jumps for the games.

All it takes is a little innovation and creativity to really make an event memorable and enjoyable. This is why at Todich Floral Design we enjoy helping you decorate and organize your events. Our custom tailored floral decorations will bring the best out of your private, corporate, cultural or Christmas event.

Our floral designs will be suited to your needs through free design consultations, and will be carefully installed to ensure that your ideas are brought to life in perfection.

 

The Snapdragon Tougher Than Ever

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The Snap Dragon is a flower that often escapes our thoughts, but with the development of breeding, this little beauty is becoming hardier by the year. Hybrids of this flower are less susceptible to heat, tough against the cold, sturdy and available in a new palette of colors.

No matter what the climate is like in your area, the spadragon can make itself at home at some time in the year. Usually, it is a gardener’s favourite complement for the pansy during autumn. Where winter is a bit colder they are planted at the end of winter or the beginning of spring, filling gardens with color through summer.

The botanical term for this bloom is Antirrhinum majus. Breeding of this plant has taken enormous steps forward, making it a tough little addition to the garden.

The Sonnet and Liberty variety are especially favoured, in the garden they grow to a nice height from 24 to 30 inches. This means that they do not need structural support, both in the garden or in a flower arrangment, making them nearly hassle-free.

The snapdragon is also available in dwarf varieties, with the Tahiti and the Montego being especially praiseworthy types. The Montego is a bit more sturdy in nature, and unlike the Tahiti it does not have a tendency to fall over. These flowers are bit smaller reaching a height of only 12 inches.

If you are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, the rare coloring of the “Twinny” offers something more unique. This is a double flowered version of the snapdragon, its peachy color gives off an air of nostalgia to any garden or arrangement.

The hybridization of a the Spanish Antirrhinum hispanicum and A. molle lead to the introduction of trailing snapdragons, opening new doors and looking for new solutions from designers. This development also lead to creating a more heat-tolerant version of the flower.

Those who are planting this flower at this time of year are taking a bit of a gamble, but it is still possible that this flower is in bloom in many places, meaning that it is still a possible option for flower arrangements.

There is something whimsical and lighthearted about the snapdragon, it can soften the harder edges of any arrangement. With specialized breeding there is quite a palette of colors to choose from. Using this flower as a part of your next design idea can add an element of originality, as well as take you back to childhood years to the time when many of us would gently press together the head of the flower, to see the ‘dragon’ open its jaws.

Creating a Gold Medal Garden in Two Weeks!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The Gold Medal Garden at Tatton

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to create a gold medal garden in two weeks, look no further.

Philip Dugdale and Alan Burns, have recently won the gold medal for the Best Visionary garden 2009 and have been kind enough to share some of the pictures of development with us!

Recent graduates of Leeds Metropolitan University, these two young landscape architects have surpassed any expectations held of them. The garden took two years of planning, 6 months of non-stop work (including growing all the plants themselves), 3000 flags of ethically sourced Indian Sandstone, 283 wire cages (gabions), 17 tonnes of stone, 3 tonnes of steel and a collective weight loss of 3 stone between the duo!

They describe their concept as, “Fusing together the infinite possibilities of landscape architecture with restrictive urban landscapes to create sustainable design solutions that are unique to their surroundings”. And unique they are! Tatton is the show that aims to “break the mould of garden design and show innovation and foresight”, which is taken entirely literally in the case of this magnificent cubed garden.

“Some of the plants are 30-50 years old – the gunnera came from a plant more than 100 years old,” Alan explained. “The judges couldn’t believe we weren’t gardeners. We have an eye for what works, including in nature.”

Philip, of Marton Moss, labels himself as a new generation “Mosser”, and concedes he’s influenced by the local coastal, urban and rural sprawl of the area, and concludes: “Now more than ever we need to have more ecological sustainability within our surroundings – and that’s key to the Cubed ethos.”

The garden will be on display in Liverpool at the Kirsty Doyle Store from the 25th of August.

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Learn how to make a stunning floral arrangement!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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We are about to launch our new floristry school in London, Todich Floral Design School!

Starting at an absolutely unbeatable introductory rate of 25 per 3 hour session, you will learn how to make a variety of different arrangements. We promise to teach you how to get that vase on your kitchen counter livened up again!

Learn the secrets from the professionals! You will discover what type of flowers suit and compliment each other, which flowers are best value for money, what colours can be used for different occasions, how height and juxtaposition effect the overall design and much, much more! Our head florist, Maryline, is incredibly easy going and a fantastic teacher (NB: I should know, she very patiently taught me how to make a buttonhole!)

You can even bring your kids along (if you let us know in advance!) and they can be taken care of by a certified child minder whilst you laugh and learn your way to professional floristry!

We will be hosting two types of sessions. The first is a 3 hour session, where people can develop their skills over time. The second is an intensive 1 day course, where you learn the whole floristry process: from visiting our suppliers to creating button holes for weddings!

3 Hour Sessions

In these 3 hour sessions you will learn how to create a basket arrangement, a hand tied arrangement and a vase arrangement! These will be held at our studio  on:

August 9th 1:00-4:00
September 13th 1:00-4:00
October 11th 1:00-4:00

1 Day Courses

These intensive one day courses start with a early morning trip to our suppliers. You will see the large variety of flowers you can get right here in London and be able to select the flowers you will be working with for the day! Once you get back, you’ll be taught how to make a variety of arrangements and something specific you would like to learn! You will also be able to have a chat and listen to our guest speaker discuss the importance of floristry!

July 31st
August 14th
September 4th

(Times to be announced)

For any more information, email us at info@todichfloraldesign.co.uk or give us a call on +44 (0)20 7737 1166

Book soon as places

are limited!

 

Todich Floral Design’s New Eco-Initiative!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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As today is the start of Recycling Week we thought today would be the perfect day for our exciting official new launch day for our new Eco-initiative with our recycling partner Aardvark Recycling!

After learning about the incredible projects Aardvark is engaging in, Todich Floral Design LTD has decided to move towards the same direction and extend our steps in striving for a greener business. We are now buying all of the compost created from our organic waste back from Aardvark and replacing our old brand of compost with our own! This means we’ve got a chain of recycling directly in our organisation, from start to finish!

For the last year, we have been recycling all of our flowers with Aardvark Recycling which they turn into compost alongside other organic waste they receive. This high in demand compost is used for various projects around London, including inner city roof gardens, compost for community groups and compost for the Garden Museum.

This organic waste is created mainly through our contractual flowers for hotels, restaurants and offices.  Each week, we replace our old vases with fresh, new flowers. These flowers are then taken back to our warehouse and sent over to Aardvark.

So we are absolutely pleased to announce our new initiative with our recycling partner and hope this is another step forward of many to come! Our existing recycling policy can be found on our partner website here.


 

A new addition to our site – the Todich Floral Design product gallery

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

We’ve been working in the past weeks to enhance your experience on our site. Among the many planned additions to the content on our site, we are happy to announce the release of the Todich Floral Design product gallery, which contains all the products we offer as part of our services. With no particular order or categorisation, you are free to browse all the product images. In case you like a particular design, please jot down its unique identification code (shown under each image) and give it to us when you contact us.

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This is by no means the end of development in this area. There are efforts being taken to improve this part of the site even further to allow you to use quite a sophisticated interface to let us know which designs and products you are interested in. Stay tuned!

Additionally, we are preparing some additional and informative content as well, especially for the weddings section, so look for an announcement about this very soon.

Ask your plants what they are doing?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

bcalls_twitter_setup_cellph.jpgEver heard of Botanicalls? These guys were the ones who introduced a way to make phone calls to plants in order to find out how they are doing, whether they need more or less water. No, seriously, they did it. There are even samples of various responses from different types of plants for requests like “need water”, or “notification of unnecessary watering”.

Well, they’ve gone a bit further this time, and introduced a way to use the popular micro-blogging service Twitter. Yes, plants can now actually twitter their “feelings” in real time. Again, the idea is the same – know when your plant needs water, or has too much of it and take action accordingly.

We at Todich Floral Design have been doing covert SMS mesaging with our plants at various offices around London. Our plants notify us via SMS when our clients talk about us. It took years to train them, from generation to generation, until they got it right. For some reason, they always started SMS-ing each other and everything went crazy…

Okay, joking aside, electronic communication with living plants is not that new. In fact, it’s something that has been researched over decades, and there are indications that plants indeed are able to communicate, as the example above shows. Taking proper care of plants we can all enjoy their presence every day is what we do as professionals, but technological advancements that would make this easier are always welcome.

How about you? Would you twitt with your plants?

Plants help clean the air indoors

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
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Another study that examines and confirms the positive effect of having plants indoors, whether it’s at the office or at home. Scientists at NASA have finalised a study that has been going on for two years in which they have studied the effect of several common indoor plants and their effect on reducing indoor air pollution. It has been found that living plants are so efficient at absorbing contaminants in the air that some of these plants will actually be launched into space to be part of biological life support systems aboard orbiting space stations in the future. Dr. Bill Wolverton, a scientist working on the project, said he hopes future results will show even more reasons to use plants for cleaning indoor air in homes and offices, creating a much healthier living and working environment.

Several plants were tested in a variety of conditions. For example, gerbera daisies and chrysanthemums were very good at eliminating benzene vapors from the environment, while other plants, like Dracaena Massangeana and Spathiphyllum, did just as well. Read into more detail about this study and the results here.

Needless to say, but I will say anyway :), Todich Floral Design has long ago understood the significance of having plants at the office. We have, over the years, successfully introduced this great way of creating a clean, relaxed and stimulative working environment to many businesses. In fact, we are happy to say that more businesses contact us every day with a clear idea about using plants to create a better working place. We offer a wide variety of services especially created to suite every working environment there is. Over the years, we have developed a special approach to handling even the most demanding tasks of enriching office space with plants. If you need to bring a little green into the office machine, get in touch with us, and let us show you how we can help you create a cleaner office atmosphere.