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This time we spoke to the French floral artist Pascal Phaner from Lyon about floristry in France. In addition, he got to work for us with the most beautiful lilies from the nursery Dutch Lily Masters. Meet this talented florist and be inspired by his irresistible floral creations.
Pascal Phaner, a centipede
“I’m a jack of all trades and I’m interested in a lot of things!” says the energetic Pascal. Given the quality of his floral creations, it may seem that he has always been a florist, and nothing could be less true! Pascal is a centipede. “After working in horticulture for a while, I obtained several diplomas in floral art. But my passion for flowers only really awoke after a meeting in Paris (1998) with the great florist Guy Martin. He warmed me up for competitions in floral art. During those competitions I became interested in research in floral art and wanted to transfer my knowledge. That’s why I have been a teacher of floral art for 35 years.” And if all that wasn’t all, he has had training in Taiwan, China, and Tahiti… and always kept working in a flower shop in between.
During those competitions I became interested in research in floral art and wanted to transfer my knowledge. That’s why I have been a teacher of floral art for 35 years.” And if all that wasn’t all, he has had training in Taiwan, China, and Tahiti… and always kept working in a flower shop in between.
The perfect match
Today he creates beautiful floral creations of lilies for us, all hailing from the Dutch Lily Masters nursery. After all, who could better judge the quality of the “growing masterpieces” of Dutch Lily Masters than an old master himself? That’s why we also were curious about how Pascal liked working with the lilies of Dutch Lely Masters. And the result speaks for itself: “A balanced plant with a firm stem and green, tonic leaves. The flower buds are numerous and harmoniously arranged on the flower stem. The colors are strong and remain long, both in bouquets and in various arrangements. To be recommended.”
Sponge at a crossroads
According to Pascal, French floral art is a real ‘sponge’, because the country is at a crossroad of different trends. “Whether it is the colors and abundance of plants from the southern countries, the cooler colors and minimalist use of plants from the northern Scandinavian countries, or the use of Oriental accessories and products – everything comes together in French floral art! All these different influences have enabled us to create our own floral identity.” According to Pascal, French floral art is constantly looking for new influences. It is a vibrant and evolving floral art.
Weak for orchids and tropical plants
Pascal himself is also constantly evolving in the choice of his plants or accessories. His work is diversity itself. “I follow different tendencies and am guided by encounters with other people, but also a certain smell or texture can inspire me! I also like to mix plants that never belong together in nature, but whose texture and images are very interesting in terms of composition. I have always had a soft spot for orchids and tropical plants, which I try to incorporate into my work with small accents.”
Two days in Pascal’s life are never the same. Curious about the work of this versatile floral artist?
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