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Floral design tends to follow fashion and interior-design trends, which lean toward minimalism these days. Cassie Osterloth, of Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft (2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg), says her clients are requesting soft, natural arrangements that incorporate unusual elements. "Clients love modern pieces that are like pieces of art," she said.

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Structure and simplicity are two of the distinguishing qualities of these Osterloth designs. Red ginger is the focal point of the arrangement on the previous page, rising from a base of lotus pods, ranunculus, kiwi vine and snake grass. Seeded eucalyptus, lemon-lime warneckii (a member of the Dracaena family) and variegated pitt also contribute to the mix. Bamboo adds an architectural element to the assemblage at right, which includes orchids, mink protea and greenery. Osterloth, who also teaches regular classes throughout the year (see wonderlandfloralart.com for schedules), says she sets out forming a piece with unstructured balance. We think she ends up with a work of art.

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