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Flower Arrangements with Peter Seprish

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2009


Takashimaya, a unique Japanese specialty store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, houses a renowned floral shop, Growing Things, which turns out the most spectacular and unusual creations. The creative director of Takashimaya Floral, Peter Seprish, has wonderful ideas for floral arrangements.

Bouquet in Takashimaya Signature Leaf-Wrapped Vase
Peter chose flowers with bright, cheerful, and fresh colors for his arrangement. No single flower is competing for attention in the bouquet -- they all work together harmoniously. The arrangement is composed of pink roses, blush peonies, tulips, paper whites, gloriosas, lilac, hyacinth, and ranunculus. The vases on the show are wrapped in cecropria and aspidistra leaves.

Before making this arrangement, make sure to clean your vase thoroughly with bleach and water, as bacteria can shorten the life of a flower dramatically -- roses are particularly sensitive. Change the water in the vase every day. If you do not have access to flower food, you can fill 1/4 of your vase with lemon-lime soda and the rest with cold water.

Choosing a Vase
A lot of vases create a strong impact with only a few flowers due to their distinctive design. Choose a vase that works with your flowers and not against them. For example, if you want to showcase the form and beauty of a calla lily, place it in a skinny, tall, clear vase, allowing the beauty of the flower to speak louder than its container. 

Vases seen on the show include the organic orb vase by French artist Barraud-Parage; the one-of-a-kind, handcrafted slate vase by Mississippi artist Lisa Thomas; and the ceramic stem holder vase handcrafted by the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi.

Special thanks to Peter Seprish, creative director of Takashimaya Floral, for sharing these arrangements. For more information, visit

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