Don’t miss this one. Bruno Duarte, who is considered an artist rather than a florist, brings his spectacular florals to Naples Garden Club members and guests on January 7 at Naples Botanical Garden. Learn from the engaging master himself the next day at a hands-on workshop in Buehler Hall. A world-renowned designer whose stunning work has captured the attention of glitterati such as Elton John, Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle and television audiences, Bruno’s appearance right here in Naples promises to be a highlight of our 2018-2019 season.

Bruno often uses flowers more as an accent, rather than as the design’s central focus. He’ll demonstrate how to use less of the costly blooms by manipulating foliage to create structures– armatures, cones, and spheres – to entwine a few spectacular flowers.   Asymmetry is another of his design principles. “I love the impact, ” he says,“ of being off center.   It can make an arrangement actually look more balanced.” For these and other tips, bring your friends and watch Bruno weave his magic with flowers at the two special events. Ten lucky raffle winners will even go home with a Duarte original at the Monday, January 7 meeting.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Click here to register members and guests for the General Meeting on January 7, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Kapnick Hall at Naples Botanical Garden. Click here for members and guests to register for the Workshop on January 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Buehler Hall, Naples Botanical Garden. Or, register online at The fee for guests at the General Meeting is $30 and is free for members. The workshop, on the following day, is $100 for both guests and members.

Growing up on an island paradise (“the floating garden”) off the coast of Morocco, Bruno’s destiny was sealed early on. “I had no choice but to become a florist,” he says, “it found me. My style is informed by nature,” he continues, but you’ll see him cloak Mother Earth in ‘haute couture’. Just like fashion designers, he uses common materials in unexpected ways. In fact, his Toronto shop is often mistaken for an art gallery. We are fortunate to welcome this sought-after wedding florist and international presenter to share his floral style with us.

Preview this cutting-edge designer’s work by clicking or his Instagram account at #freshflorals to see work that delivers that “Wow!” factor.