Amber Dickson shares her nature-inspired approach to creating a late-summer floral arrangement.



“Locally sourced blooms are better and fresher,” says floral designer Amber Dickson. She suggests foraging flowers from your gardens, getting them at the farmers market and purchasing from local growers. 


“I look for a variety of sizes for interesting scale,” says Dickson, who positions smaller flowers next to large blooms to create contrast and accentuate differences in size. 



“I love the juxtaposition of the soft, feminine flowers with the raw and rustic stone,” says Dickson. She raised the container on a craggy rock that acts as a pedestal. “Raised or footed containers allow flowers to spill over,” she explains.  


“I like my arrangements to look a bit like they’re growing in the garden,” Dickson explains. To do this, she gives flowers “breathing room” and clusters smaller blooms together. She also favors asymmetry, with blooms and foliage rising on one side and spilling over on the other. 



“I love the simplicity of grasses in a clear vase,” Dickson says. She paired a cluster of these with the larger floral arrangement to create contrast in form and color.
Portrait by: Lindsey Shaun Photography
Floral Photos by: Erin Kate

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.