Free Video of Halloween Vase Arrangements From Rittners Floral School

At Rittners Floral School, in Boston, we enjoy teaching a wide variety of styles of floral art, ranging from classical to contemporary and even cutting edge.

In this video the subject is Halloween.

Halloween is a great holiday. The rich colors and unique symbolism of the holiday are wonderful to behold.

In this brief inspirational video we explore how to take some very specific thematic elements of the holiday and integrate them with fall materials to come up with beautiful vase arrangements that can enhance your home.


Free Inspirational Video From Rittners Floral School—-Simple Halloween Centerpieces

It’s fall in New England, and we at Rittners Floral School in Boston are thrilled to present this inspirational video, “Simple Halloween Centerpieces.”

Flowers and florals in holiday colors are a wonderful way to enhance your home and help bring about the holiday theme. In this video we show some examples of non scary vase arrangements that create the Halloween theme primarily through the use of color.



Gourd-y Inspirations for Floral Designing

Sometimes inspiration for floral art can come from all kinds of places.

Take for example all the wonderful gourds that we find in the fall. Each year we look forward to checking out the various gourds. The sizes, colors and textures are truly awesome!

Many gourds, of course, can be used as containers or bases for our floral art.

But once in a while you find a gourd with special personality!

Add a couple of eyes and you have a funny looking little fall gourd creature that can be integrated into your fall floral art……

Quick and easy!


Steve Jobs (1955-2011) A Floral Educator’s Perspective

We have noted with sadness the passing of Steve Jobs. Too young. Too soon.

There were many things I admired about the man. As a teacher, I enjoyed his presentations. Just watching the guy “do his thing” on a platform with an audience was wonderful to behold.

Jobs’ concern with the importance of design has become legend.  But for me,  a person who works in a design profession, it is profoundly meaningful. Everything, for better or worse is “designed.”  Designing things that are attractive and work well  has become a signature part of the Apple DNA. But Jobs’ concern with simplicity and elegance in design has also had a dramatic impact upon the way consumers view designed things in general (as well as technology).

There are many other things I admired about Jobs.

His ability to attract and motivate talented, creative people like Jonathan Ive is critical to Apple’s success ( And that is a message to anyone running a company. Have very capable, creative people around you.)

Some years ago, Jobs talked at Stanford University.  In his comments he urged his audience to follow their own directions, and to have the strength of their convictions to follow their heart and intuition. To me following your passion is a very important part of living a meaningful and fulfilled life. So many people end up in dead end jobs that they hate. My students often come to me because they want to follow their passion, floral designing. And a large part of what I do, is to help folks learn the skills that will enable them to follow their passions about floral art. I consider that to be a sacred undertaking.

It has been said that one lives on in in the good that one does, and in the number of lives one touches. If that is so, Steve is still with us.

Steve Jobs helped to create the future. He left the world a better place. His legacy will continue to live on in all of us.