The colorful connection between food and flowers is something we can all relate to.

I simply couldn’t put it better than my friend and colleague, Talmage McLaurin, does in his foreword to the Lookbook for 2019, a beautiful trend report created for the floral industry.


In his own words:

“Amazing food and beautiful flowers have a natural relationship.  Whether it is a joyous celebration, important business event or a simple backyard gathering of friends the combination of food and flowers is seemingly a given. That’s why it was fitting to take a look at the flower palettes for 2019 with a meal in mind”.

This multi-talented man began his floral career in a family-owned flower business. In 1990, he launched a 23-year career in floral publishing, during which he contributed to more than 400 issues of Florists’ Review and Super Floral magazines and was featured in more than 20 books for florists as the creative director and publisher for Florists’ Review Enterprises.  Talmage was inducted into American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1988 and has made eight presentations at their National Symposiums. In 2008, he received the AIFD award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry.

We met at a trend presentation that I delivered for the American Institute of Floral Designers. In subsequent years I have had the pleasure of working with Talmage on the macro picture of color trends so that they could be interpreted into the floral industry.  Talmage currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is the Creative Director at Nature’s Flowers in Miami.

While the report in its entirety is available to flower industry buyers, we have an exclusive peek at some of the gorgeous images that inspire the trend directions.


Photo Credit: Maxine Helfman