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Dandelion Ranch
Clover Chadwick of Dandelion Ranch

We're fans of Dandelion Ranch's creative floral arranging and have spotted its eye-catching color combos and shapes everywhere from Mozza and Lucques to dinners honoring Bill Clinton.

So we're poised to ask the floral design studio's aptly named Clover Chadwick and her staff for tips on how to upgrade our home arrangements when she helms a floral pop-up shop at West Elm.

Our questions are legion: Is there a low-cost flower she uses as filler? (Carnations--but pack them tightly next to fancier blooms.) What?s her favorite vase shape? (Chadwick likes low oblong receptacles, though she?s been known to use everything from soup cans to spare tires.) And what tools should we invest in? (Shears, wire cutters and pipe cleaners to support droopy blossoms such as tulips and ranunculus.)

At the Beverly Boulevard pop-up, Dandelion Ranch will be selling flowers by the stem, then assembling them at no extra charge into a container you've brought from home or one of the attractive vases for sale at West Elm. The event takes place tomorrow and next Saturday (May 12) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.--just in time for Mother's Day.

West Elm, 8366 Beverly Blvd.; 323-782-9672 or

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