This is probably the best new trick we picked up. Waga-Perez encourages making a grid across the top of the vase using floral tape prior to adding any flowers. "If you don't use tape, the flowers just fall messily on top of one another," said the master florist. We were amazed at how the tape helped the arrangement come together. Instead of being haphazardly strewn about, the stems were organized into quadrants that really helped to create a much more attractive grouping.
The smell of fresh mint is incredibly uplifting and Waga-Perez loves adding the herb to her blooms. It was especially helpful during the class because we were arranging with tree peonies that—while gorgeous—didn't smell all that great. The aroma of mint totally offset their odor.
Change Water Daily
This was perhaps the most surprising tip: You should completely change the water for your flowers each and every day. That doesn't mean adding more water into the vase—it means dumping everything out and starting fresh. But how do you keep your pretty arrangement intact? According to Waga-Perez, you don't. "I encourage people to take everything out and start over the next day, that’s part of the fun." And here we thought that florists would be horrified if to see anyone tinkering with their creations—it turns out, that's exactly what they want!