28 Sep2008


The stunning, architectural quality of the roses at the foyer of the Four Seasons in Istanbul, in this earlier post, is classic Jeff Leatham style. Mr. Leatham shot up to floral fame when he became the head florist at the George V Hotel in Paris and later, the Four Seasons Group of Hotels (owned by the Saudi prince who also owned Gucci, parts of Citibank, The Raffles Group), and he revolutionized the fresh floral arrangements in hotel public spaces. His pieces are simple yet opulent, using hundreds if not thousands of the same or similarly colored blooms to create living canvasses ad out of flowers. I like his work because it is clean, stunning and frankly, very easy to replicate in a home setting…


The roses they sell in bulk at the Dimasalang flower market at say PHP80-100 a bundle of 24 blooms are incredibly well-priced, but you might say they are irregulars, with the blooms not the perfectly shaped rose of western hothouses that have managed to figure out just how to precisely manipulate a bloom to look perfect nearly every single time… But I find that for say PHP300 or so, you can create a pretty eye-stopping arrangement, and that is a FRACTION of the cost of the original. Here, I use two rather tall glass vases ( I have had them for years, you can get them for a few hundred pesos each at Landmark home section), almost filled to the brim with water. The weight of the water in the vase helps to steady the arrangement. Then I take some 60-80 blooms and strip them of thorns and all but the topmost leaves and slowly form them into a very tight bunch, trying to mass the blooms together. I then rest them at a precarious looking angle using only the top 4-5 inches of the vase. They look like they are unsteady and about to tumble over, but they never have. Make sure your roses are fresh, soak them in cool water until just below the buds for several hours before arranging them. This arrangement should last you 4+ days in a cool room.

Other Leatham inspired arrangements:

Calla lilies
Rose Buds
White Roses En Masse



  1. sister says:

    An easy way of massing blooms, specially roses, in a perfect concentric circle is to put one bloom in the middle, surround it with three, fill in the spaces with another three slightly below the top three and so on. Works very well for a wedding bouquet as well.

    Sep 28, 2008 | 6:26 pm


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  3. zena says:


    Sep 28, 2008 | 9:41 pm

  4. estella says:

    how beautiful!

    Sep 29, 2008 | 12:01 am

  5. Tricia says:

    Thanks for the backgrounder on this Four Seasons’ flower arrangement!

    I always wondered who is the florist behind those “tagilid” arrangements at George V in Paris and some Four Seasons property worldwide.

    Sep 29, 2008 | 12:12 am

  6. aggy says:

    ang ganda! cant wait to try this at home albeit with fall foliage/blooms…thanks mm!

    Sep 29, 2008 | 12:53 am

  7. witsandnuts says:

    Pretty! I’ll try the arrangement. =)

    Sep 29, 2008 | 2:45 am

  8. michelle says:

    I love this arrangement. Reminds me of my mom’s place. Every week, the help goes to the flower market and by early morning the house is filled with flowers. And I don’t mean, a paltry three in a vase. Rather silver ice buckets and crystal vases filled with a single type of flower.

    Sep 29, 2008 | 11:01 am

  9. Mandy says:


    Sep 29, 2008 | 12:07 pm

  10. terrey says:

    that whole bunch of roses up there would only cost 40 bahts sold along the soi where i live. will try to replicate that arrangement later. thanks for the tip!

    Sep 29, 2008 | 3:29 pm

  11. Mikky says:

    simply beautiful… :)

    Sep 29, 2008 | 6:06 pm

  12. evel says:

    i luv it…so beautiful…is there a wire that hold the flowers together?

    Sep 29, 2008 | 8:09 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    evel, no wires at all. Just the roses, the vase, the water and the angle.

    Oct 1, 2008 | 7:20 am

  14. evel says:

    thanks MM…i will definitely try it..galing mo talaga!

    Oct 2, 2008 | 9:26 pm


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