Flowers may seem like a cliché Valentine's Day gift, but it certainly doesn't stop people from sending them this time of the year. The bud biz is working overtime on February 14
, so don't be surprised if you get a delivery from your main squeeze — or secret admirer. Or, perhaps, you're the instigator looking to send a little floral love. Either way, we've got a few tips guaranteed to maximize your bountiful bouquet
But we're the first to admit we don't exactly have a green thumb, so we called upon world-renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney, who's pedigree includes everything from television shows and movie sets (Black Swan
, y'all!) to New York fashion shows and prestigious weddings all over the states. He also teaches at the Chicago School of Flower Design
— just in case you wanted to be a stem sensation yourself.
Gaffney offers his expertise on how to avoid overdone arrangements, the best way to extend the life of your blooms (hint: it's not plant food!), and more. So, click through and clear a spot on that desk or table.
Photo: Courtesy of Keith Lewis