The Production of Roses in the World and its Decline in France by Dalila, BP12

In terms of cultivation, roses are the most produced flowers in the world, and because of technical difficulties , such as transport, handling, state-of-the-art growing techniques and more, the production of roses have for many years been a business conducted on land in the northern hemisphere.

However, in recent years, with the progress in manufacturing techniques, and the many new species created to withstand different climatic environments, producers have been able to broaden their cultivation in countries where it was once impossible to grow them in, such as Israel , Kenya and Latin America .

The French production of roses is the leader in France in terms of the ground production field, and in 2001, the census taken reported that the country produced 233,000 stems per year. Since then the French production has diminished greatly. In 2007, the census was that of 190,000 stems, hence a drop of 18.7% in production. Most of the country’s rose production comes from the Occitanie, a south-east region of France, which claims 39% of the production, or one in two roses.

Unfortunately, we can witness a decrease in the areas of production in France due to the pressures of urbanisation, the rise in production costs, and very fierce international competition as well. Furthermore in the Parisian region, there used to be many rose farms, but they were usually family businesses and when it came time to pass the production on to the children to carry on the business, many of them decided to take on a career other than horticulture. The consequence of these decisions has led to the loss of many Parisian rose farms.

So we can infer that with the current economic state of the world, the domination of the Netherlands in flower production, and the trampling on the tradition of family-owned operations, the future of French-rooted rose production is not looking very bright.

A rose greenhouse in Paris

A Cat-Tailed Structure at the Floral Park by Ambre, Franck, and Julie, BP21

To ring in Christmas 2019, you are invited to Pavillion 18 at the Floral Park in Vincennes to see the Paris School of Florists’ creation of an Enchanted Forest. There you will find, among other sculptures and Christmas delights, our cat-tailed plant structure, created with natural elements to bring life to our original sketch below:

Drawing by Ambre

Our concept: Work from a rectangle shape to break away from the conventional constructs of Christmas decor like circles, wreaths, triangles or pine trees. Moreover, we wanted to realize a modern structure with the majority of its parts in natural elements like dried pandanus leaves, different kinds of pine cones, natural moss, pine branches, and cinnamon sticks, with a bit of sprinkling of Christmas decorations and floristry material.

First, we cut a block of polystyrene for the support, then we stuck natural moss in the middle of each side and on the top of the structure. Ambre and Julie stuck pine cones and Christmas balls onto the moss while Franck was making cat tails with wired raffia and pine cone ends. In Act II, we glued pandanus on the other parts of the structure by layering the dried leaves and giving them a hairy look as you can see in the picture below:

As a conclusion, we were very pleased with this structure because we imagined and created it all by ourselves, and we were also intrigued to find different ways of using the materials at hand in an attractive and elegant manner. Happy Christmas everyone!

Our cat-tailed structure standing out in the scenery

The Coming of a Christmas Cloud to the Floral Park by Charline, Noémie and Sahvana, BP21

What started as a Christmas ball with complete transparency turned into a floating Christmas cloud made with pampa grass, gypsophila, natural cotton, eucalyptus, dried foliage, and a lit garland to recall the luminosity and the warmth of Christmas.

When our class arrived at Pavillion 18 at the Floral Park, we found at our disposal material and decor to make our structures, which were to hold up for the month-long event. We started our creation by drilling two holes into a tree log to slide in the pieces of metal rods to solidify our structure for the levitation of our cloud. After that we attached cleats to the rods to maintain a mesh that would give it its shape. After fixing everything in place, we added chicken wire that would be filled to constitute our cloud.

We started by giving it delicateness with some bunches of baby’s breath, then we gave it some flair with wispy, soft-tan pampa grass, to give it the lightness and the softness of the cloud, we added pieces of cotton here and there, and finally to light it up, we added a Christmas garland.

Shower yourself with joy and wonderment by visiting our Christmas cloud before it dissipates into another world at the start of 2020!

Showtime for a Meteor at the Floral Park by Romane, Suzan and Aurore, BP21

Firstly, to prepare out structure, we cut ramifications of dogwood branches.

After that, we assembled them in the shape of a raft, inserted some long metal rods into the raft, and then gave the structure a swoosh shape.

The first part of our structure was then done.

We then proceeded by covering a polyester ball with dried hydrangeas with some metal clips.

After that, we cut off the heads of a hundred dried scabiosas and then put them onto metal wire sticks.

Once all the preparation for the structure was done, we ventured into the challenging task.

We were given a big tree trunk into which we inserted two thick metal rods to support the structure as if is was levitating. We hung the wooden raft onto the metal rod.

Then we sunk the hydrangea ball into one of the metal shafts that was on the outside of the raft.

As a final touch, we pricked and staggered the dried scabiosas at different heights and lengths around the hydrangea ball as if they all were part of a celestial body.

At the base of the log, we covered the ground with wood shavings.

A Christmas Star Sparkles at the Floral Park by Léa Clavier, Luna Costa and Audrey Chabanis, BP21

For this year’s Christmas celebration at the Floral Park in honor of the park’s 50th birthday, our group made a deconstructed star by firstly sketching the structure.

Then we created the structure with polystyrene, skewers, reinforcing metal and a wooden log. We cut 6 squares to make a cube then we drove several triangles into them in order to create the shape. We drilled the log to insert the reinforcing metal and we gave the star a strong push to the very top.

To cover the polystryrene structure, we glued eucalyptus and fir onto the faces of the star. On the sides, we glued gold-painted and glittered skimmia foliage and golden Christmas balls cut in half. Finally, we placed a lit garland onto every side.

For this structure, we invested a day and half of work and to get into the mood, we put on some popular Christmas songs like “Last Christmas”, “All I want for Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad”. On the first day, we were even treated to some homemade manalas, which are Alsatian cakes made for Saint Nicholas, and shared by Léa.

Merry Christmas to all and enjoy our enchanted forest at the Floral Park!

A Picture-Perfect Christmas Creation at the Floral Park by Anaëlle and Kristell, BP21

For our Christmas exhibition work below, we used wood, pine branches, natural moss and a tree log. And to make our log stand out from the others, we decided to display it horizontally rather than vertically. We inserted four metal rods into it to hold up two full squares and two framed ones.

Kristell and Thomas cut and stuck the moss onto the 2 cut squares and Anaëlle stuck pine branches and pieces of wood onto the other 2 full squares.
This work was accurate, lengthy and redundant but in the end it was beautiful and well done 🙂

After that, we spray painted in silver the wood pieces and the pine branches on the full squares.

Thomas fixing the rods into the trunk

We then fixed the squares onto the tree log and added two balls of natural moss, spray painted in silver, in the center of the cut squares.

For the last touch of elegance, we hot glued Christmas tree balls onto the log to bring on a waterfall effect.

The final display
Thank you from the team and hope you enjoy the show! 😀 ❤

Christmas in an Enchanted Forest at the Floral Park with Creations by the Paris School of Florists

Christmas Concept Trees by Aude and Fyona, BP22

Our mission: Conceive a new kind of Christmas tree for a yearly event by the Paris School of Florists at the Floral Park in Vincennes at the end of November.

Our group’s creation: Make a transparent fir tree that will be about 3 to 4m long and of an original design that is highly conceptual in red and brown colors.

Our procedure:

  • Create our tree with pine cones that will be attached to the end of a piece of wire.
  • Wind twine around each wire.
  • Start from the bottom with the longer branches to the shorter ones on the top to obtain the shape of a fir tree. Leave 10cm between each level, fold the wire onto the central rod, and then use floral tape to hold the branches in place.
  • After this is done, assemble different garland berries that will highlight the central axis to give it a deeper effect and more striking transparency.

Conception vs Realism

Aude giving life to our concept tree
Back left to right, Justine, Aude and Fyona
front, Elsa and Marie with the finished creation
Laurie, Hamady, Noémie, and Qianqian with their concept tree

Let the Bells Chime by Stefano, Axelle and Loïc, CAP1B

Our group’s creation and objective: Make a pair of Christmas bells by using various floristry techniques and above all ensuring that the sculpture will last until the new year.

Here is how to realize our bell sculpture one step at a time:

  • Make the support of the sculpture with steel rods and a tree log.
  • Drill three holes into the log and then insert a metal rod into each hole.
  • Create the chicken wire structures of the bells by shaping, extending and tightening the wire.
  • Apply an endless amount of double-faced tape on the structures to fix a layer of newspapers for a much better support to apply floristry techniques.
  • Cover the interior of our bells with natural moss and and attach it with hooks and clips made from wire. This proved to be our most time-consuming task as moss can be a very challenging material, being that it is very wet, soft and heavy.
  • Cover the exterior part of the bell with a layer of laurel leaves, half natural and half gold-painted. We placed them using the tortoiseshell technique in which each leaf was applied by using floral glue and some staples.
  • Apply fir branches on the top of the bells to represent ribbons by simply pricking them into the chicken wire.
  • For the final touch, hang some Christmas balls in the moss to ring in the sound of Christmas.

Snowflake by Chloé T. and Manon, CAP 1B

Below is a drawing by the Paris School of Florists’ Art Teacher Mr. Nicolas Germain, conceived for the Floral Park’s Christmas 2019 theme of an Enchanted Forest. The year 2019 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the famous park in Vincennes.

Our creation: A giant snowflake to put a bit of Christmas winter magic in the air.

Our procedure:

  • Give support to the structure by inserting a metal rod into the center of a tree log and fixing a cross made of a cardboard tube onto the rod.
  • Give movement to the structure with pine branches and pine cones.
  • Give elegance to the structure by spray painting some branches, pine cones, and chicken wire in gold.

Here’s a peek at the sculptures made by BP12 that have already taken on life ….

A Nordic Christmas
A Cornucopia Christmas
A Flaming Lady with Goodies
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Ballerina girl, you are so lovely …..
An Octopus’s Garden in the Forest

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And don’t forget to visit Pavillion 18 at the Floral Park in Vincennes to see this year’s Paris School of Florists’ creation of an enchanted forest, full of original sculptures and never-before-seen Christmas trees!