Arrange a Dozen Red Roses
By Marie Krohe
• After listening to this presentation, you will be
able to arrange a dozen red roses into a vase
for use as a gift, or for your own personal
• According to FlowerMeaning.org, a red rose is
the eternal symbol of love. They are
traditionally given at Valentine’s Day but can
be given all year long to convey love and
First off you want to assemble your supplies. Get
a bunch of greens such as baker’s fern, a vase,
waterproof florists’ tape, scissors, a package of a
dozen red roses, and a package of gypsophilia
Using floral tape, make a grid of three lines across and three
lines down. This will help secure the greens and roses.
Clean any dirt or spores off your greens with a paper towel. This is
especially important with baker’s fern, as it often comes from the
growers covered with dirt, and this can cloud up your vase water.
Spray your greens with a polishing solution such as Green Glo.
This makes the greens look shinier and fresher.
Cut the greens, at an angle, to fit your vase. You want
them to be shorter than the roses.
Arrange about 9 pieces of greens around the vase, and 2 or 3 pieces in the
center of the vase. You want enough greens to fill out the arrangement, but
not too many or you will overwhelm the roses.
Next, start with the roses. The first thing you want to do is
remove the outer, “guard” petals of the rose, or any petals
that have been bruised or damaged.
Cut the roses to fit the vase, again remembering to cut at an angle. This is
important because cutting at an angle will allow the rose to continue to
“drink” water better, and thus remain fresh longer.
Next, start arranging your roses by
placing them around the vase.
Place 7 roses around the perimeter of
Next place 4 roses inside the 7 you
have already placed inside the vase.
Then place the last rose, the straightest one in the
dozen, right in the center of the arrangement.
Intersperse your babies’ breath, the filler flower,
between the greens and roses.
Step back from the arrangement, and make
adjustments or rearrange as needed.
The final step is adding a large, fancy
bow made of red ribbon.
Here is the final product: a dozen red roses arranged in a vase, ready
to tell that special someone you love them, or for any occasion you
Now that you can arrange a dozen red roses, you
can move on to other flower arrangements!