Admire spring flowers but stumped on how to create your own arrangement? Tobie Whitman, Owner of Little Acre Flowers, DC’s only 100% locally sourcing florist, provides step-by-step guidance on how to create a unique spring arrangement. Tobie emphasizes using a wide range of flower types. The more varietals, the more you mimic the diversity of the garden. And don’t be afraid to add color. Not everything in spring needs to be pastel – add bold hues as well and elevate your impact. 1. Line a basic glass cylinder vase with curly willow to make the arrangement appear more finished, and to give your stems and water a little coverage. Make sure to add flower food to the water to extend the life of your flowers. 2. Create a structure to organize your flowers with lots of beautiful greenery. Make sure not to scrimp as this will help fill out your vase and provide an overall shape to guide your arranging. 3. Start placing the largest flowers in the vase first. We chose this fabulous, leafy kale first. She’s big and beautiful. 4. We continue to add other larger floral elements like lilies and calla lilies to the mix. 5. Next comes everyone’s spring favorite - tulips! Tulips are great value and add lots of color to your spring mix. Notice how we carefully peel off some of the greenery. We don’t want any leaves on the flowers to be below the water line, otherwise bacteria will grow. 6. With our larger floral elements and good mix of tulips as a base, we can add accents that draw the eye, like narcissus, hyacinth and iris. The hyacinths provide delicious fragrance, too. 7. Next come some of our favorite spring flowers – ranunculus and poppies. Love all of that color! 8. Last but not least, we garnish with some gorgeous blooming cherry branches throughout, adding volume, texture and a bit of whimsy. 9. The final product! A fun take on a spring centerpiece with loads of colors, shapes and textures. Plus made of 100% locally grown flowers.