30 August 2016


This fall, Emily and her frequent collaborator, artist Mark Gagnon, unveiled a new collection for Bergdorf Goodman.  Mark’s work, with it’s peculiar depictions of the natural world, it’s rather perverse materiality (paper vases? Indeed), and distinctive touch, is ripe fodder for our hands. Even this particularly hideous shade of purple made it in.  The challenge, Read More

We’ve fallen hard for a lyrical new project: weekly flowers at Le Coucou, the new restaurant designed by Roman and Williams and headed by chef Daniel Rose. The interiors call for moody designs and we’ve filled them with edibles, in baroque, yet deconstructed style. I like to disrupt the discreet presence of the classic urns Read More

7 June 2016

Farewell to spring

For a spring heat wave, swamps erupted, loaded with carnivores.     The cat tails’ take the form of spiders, perched above the hungry pitcher plants.     Sarracenia reigns. Meanwhile, in the shop garden, we are germinating a witches brew of dastardly poisons: castor pods and datura. Spring gets dangerous.   Check out this Read More

17 May 2016

Acid Muses

We’re now passing beyond the acid green harbinger of spring, that fleeting, biting, caustic color of youth.   I can hardly wait to see it again next year. At The Modern, we spoke to this adolescent season with bare birch branches that we forced in our studio for several weeks to develop their pale green leaves. Read More

25 February 2016


For our upcoming “How to Build a Vortex” workshop, we’ve adjusted the class times to occupy just one day, Thursday, March 3rd. The cost of the class is now $660. It promises to be a super-intensive workshop with the most delectable materials. The class will design and build a set for experimental dance and music Read More

4 February 2016


ETF announces our FIRST EVER WORKSHOP! On Wednesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 3rd, we’ll host a number of intrepid designers for a two-day intensive installation project. As we enter our tenth year in business, we’ve decided it’s time to share some of our closely guarded methods during this project. We’ll guide participants through our Read More

Playtime with the Frances Palmer Collection

When the new shop was still a gleam in my eye, Frances Palmer and I worked together on this series of vessels.  This became the inaugural collaboration for the shop, and Frances made vases of such extraordinary imagination that we have endeavored to give them a playground and a platform. Here are some of the Read More

Grand Opening!  We have arrived.

One recent freezing April night, we invited a few friends, ok, a lot of friends, to celebrate our new home turf.  Frances Palmer created a collection of incredible, flamboyant vases just for the occasion, so there were many reasons to rejoice. We couldn’t help but indulge in some delectable sweets from the great pastry chef Amadou Ly, Read More

HOME in the fresh salty sea air

The journey is over.  Our new home is a sunny corner in Manhattan’s old Seaport. The building was built in 1865 by George B. Post (architect of the Stock Exchange) and is adorned with cast iron starfish and terra cotta seamonsters. Please join us for our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION, this Thursday, April 17th, 6-9 pm. Read More

Flowers in Snow for Veranda Magazine

This chilly day is reminding me of my numb, frozen appendages last February, when we shot a feature for this month’s Veranda Magazine.  We built some ambitious pieces, blizzard and all.  This first one was at least twenty feet across.  I hung from an enormous ladder and tried not to drop any crumbs in the freshly Read More

26 August 2013



We are excited to announce our big move into Manhattan! This means our shop at 57 Jay Street in Brooklyn will close on September 1st. It’s a bittersweet occasion. We will miss our wild, little hovel and all of our neighbors and clients and friends who have wandered in over the past 4 years and Read More

Serena & Lily Pop Up (Weather permitting!)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Spring Gala 2013

To celebrate the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s recent expansion of their Native Flora Garden, Emily Thompson Flowers was invited to design the Garden’s Spring Gala. From my first conversations with the Gala’s organizers, I felt this project was made for me- I love working with materials that reflect our native landscape, I live near the garden and Read More

A little Bottega Veneta inspiration for VOGUE.com

Floral design class at Japan Society April 6th

Join me Saturday, April 6th, for a class inspired by the current exhibition at Japan Society, Edo Pop. Tickets are available here. We’ll be working with the most beautiful spring branches and flowers to evoke the colorful, humorous graphic impact of Edo prints. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Hydrangea and Swallow from the Large Flower Series, 1832. Color woodblock print (nishiki-e). 17 1/2 Read More

The Day the Poppies Froze

13 February 2013

A Very Vogue Valentine.

A Very Vogue Valentine.

We were asked to design flowers for Vogue.com’s Valentine spread’s tabletop vignettes … This first image is meant to represent young love in its bohemian frenzy.  This woodland arrangement’s little thorny quince branch speaks to what lies ahead for this lovely couple. The married couple have a lush arrangement of two-toned VERY luxurious “tigre” anemones and clown Read More

Valentine’s Day is coming, fast…

And our elves are ready to deliver.

Happy New Year from all of us!

The elves have been hard at work. Garlands on trees, Wreaths upon wreaths, garlands upon garlands, Gloriously overstuffed arrangements, Towering topiaries…  an endless floral garland and a Christmas bedstead, a candycane sometimes takes the form of a rose: A Wreath Elf: (Wreath comes with Elf…) Many, many runs to the market… Gifts of smoked Mackerel… Which Read More

21 December 2012

Vogue with Jean Georges

Vogue with Jean Georges

This belated Thanksgiving post can now double as a Christmas dinner… The story was shot in early fall, and the flowers and okra and things in this “eco” arrangement are exclusively from local farms. It’s thrilling to find such interesting local material. I hope my beloved growers will keep it coming and experiment. The unusual Read More

With Stephen Orr on Martha Stewart Radio

Tomorrow, December 10th, at 5pm EST, Emily will be talking about her wreaths with the wonderful Stephen Orr on Martha Stewart Radio. Tune in! This one still had some real NYC garbage worked into the bird’s nest. It’s made of winter branches once the needles have dropped, and a real bird’s nest (invasive barn swallows!). You Read More

Martha Stewart Living. Cover.

The shoot was a feat.  Photographer Maria Robledo is a magician, and the marvelous Melissa Ozawa, who wrote and conceived of the story, worked with us on every detail.  With the help of Ayesha Patel from the magazine, Kinga and I chased the light through the house, adjusting and even building new wreaths as the Read More

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On Hurricanes, Cooking and Frogs

We were very lucky that our studio was spared by hurricane Sandy, despite our location just a block from the water in Dumbo.  And we are VERY happy to be back at work, after spending a few days cooped up, weathering the storm, and cooking more in 2 days than we’ve cooked in the past couple months.  Post-storm, Read More

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22 October 2012



You come upon it without warning… Thanks to Jeanne Rostaing for her wonderful visit and write-up today! Read it here .

Upcoming Japan Society Class

On Sunday, September 30th, I will be teaching a workshop at the Japan Society.  We will be looking at the paintings of Sakai Hōitsu for inspiration.  To register, please call (212) 715-1224.  Class starts at 11:00 a.m.  Hope to see you there!

29 June 2012



Rainbows for the Bleeker St. Jo Malone just in time for the Pride parade.  We worked with great local and exotic materials, including bee balm, giant thistles, dill, figs, crabapple and the first local dahlias.    

15 June 2012



This May we got to build a garland for the “ribbon” cutting that inaugurated the new building at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  It was made of leucothoe, mountain laurel, eucalyptus and more, and vaguely resembled a Hawaiian lei.  The mayor, borough president and 9 others chopped it to bits.  Welcome to the Visitor Center!   Read More

Lenox Hill with Harry Heissmann

For this year’s April 13th gala for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, the great decorator Harry Heissmann asked us to collaborate on a spectacular table.  Our design began with Harry’s own original Elsa Schiaparelli pink and white fabric.  He turned it into a fringed table cloth, and with typical flair, had it laminated in plastic Read More

15 February 2012

Good Magazine Interview

Good Magazine Interview

My first caracature/portrait…  By Skyler Swezy. The interview with Brady Welch is here.  

13 February 2012

Is it winter or spring?

Is it winter or spring?

Valentine’s Day Celebration with ETF

Valentine’s Day Celebration with ETF.  Gnome courtesy of Harry Heissmann

15 January 2012

100 Layer Cake

100 Layer Cake

3 January 2012

For Malcolm McLaren

For Malcolm McLaren
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Behind the scenes at The White House


15 June 2011

In The Paris Review

In The Paris Review

The marvelous Clancy Martin dropped our flowers in his Confessions of a Jeweler in the Paris Review today.  A jewelry caper, no less!  Read it here or start from the beginning here. The flowers in question: Garden roses, tree peonies, wild clematis, smoke bush, hosta leaves, astrantia, black viburnum.

9 April 2011

Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

The “Leo” tulip has won me. Sometimes its mane is antlers, other times it seems more like an angelfish tail. But always ON FIRE.

1 April 2011

Yesterday’s news

Yesterday’s news

I’m guessing that some visitors are coming to us from the NYTimes article yesterday. Welcome! I am a bit bowled over by the incredible article by Christopher Petkanus, and by all of the wonderful quotes from friends and clients. Thanks, everybody, and also to Young Kim, whose inspired ideas generated the Kenneth Jay Lane project. Here are some out-takes from that piece, and for Christopher, Princess Anne and her cottage loaf!
Event photos from fashionindie.com

And for our blog archive, you can visit www.emilythompsonflowers.blogspot.com.

This ranunculus is ridiculous.

I just read that the late latin term means “little frog.” These are more like cane toads.

Serves 6.

12 frog legs
2 eggs
1 lemon juice
2 parsley sprigs, chopped
Dried bread crumbs

Preheat oven at 375 F.
Remove frog legs skin. Wash and drain.
Add lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Beat eggs in a bowl, add chopped parsley.
Soak frog legs in the eggs.
Crush bread into tiny crumbs.
Roll frog legs into crumbs.
Add oil in a pan. Fry frog legs in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes.

31 March 2011

We’re back!

We’re back!

We’ve weathered some technological storms. And sleet. And so we bring you:


For Edith: Andromeda, paperwhites, spirea, orange ranuculus, hellebores, plumosa fern, peonies.