Corsages 101

Martha Stewart Living Television

Whether adorning a recent high-school graduate or a gleaming mother of the bride, a skillfully constructed corsage is sure to be cherished by its wearer. Today, master floral designer Michael George of Custom Floral Design shares his techniques for making four charming corsages. As he explains, his first creation features gardenias, whose pale, fragrant, camellia-like flowers are well suited to diminutive arrangements. The second, a cymbidium corsage, showcases the beauty of single bloom -- the cymbidium orchid, which has long been prized for its exquisite star-shaped blossoms. According to Michael, cymbidium orchids should be purchased when most of the flowers on the spike have opened, with the top bud just on the threshold of opening up. The third and forth corsages, which Martha helps Michael fashion, are classics: a three-bloom design showcasing a selection of roses and a miniature carnation posy.

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