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Fresh Cut with Jill Manson - Season 1


Season 1

Episode 1

Fresh Cut is an inspiring floral show that takes viewers on a South African floral journey. In the first episode, floral communications expert Jill Manson introduces viewers to the world of flowers, explains the life of a flower and shows you how to create a spectacular cottage style arrangement!

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Special thanks to : Décor Mechanics –

Episode 2

In this week’s episode, we talk all things vintage… Paula Wells from A Vintage Affair shares her knowledge on the theme, while Jill shows you what flowers to use and how to create a beautiful floral arrangement around a unique vintage find!

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Special thanks to: A Vintage Affair –

Episode 3

This week we visit the spectacular rooftop garden at The Saxon in Johannesburg. Linda Galvad of Sought After Seedlings, takes us through some of the spectacular blooms in the edible garden, while Jill shows us how to create a floral arrangement using items from the veggie garden!

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Special thanks to:

Linda Galvad :

The Saxon – Hotel, Villa & Spa :

Episode 4

This week Jill goes on a journey into orchids. She visits an orchid farm in North West province, talks technicalities of working with these delicate blooms and shows us a contemporary floral design.

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Special thanks to:

Plantae Orchids –
Japanese Garden Concepts –

Episode 5

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut Jill focuses on herbs and succulents – you might be surprised at how applicable these plants are for floral design.
She pays a visit to the stunning Doonholm farm where you’ll learn about the variety of herbs you can get from your garden and some striking succulents.
Then Jill teaches you how to create a healing herb posy – ideal as a gift for a friend or a loved one and show you how to create a floral design using succulents…

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Special thanks to:
Doonholm Nursery –

Episode 6

This week we take a look at bulbs and the spectacular blooms that they produce. Jill shows you the technicalities of working with bulbs and demonstrates how to incorporate them into an arrangement.


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Special thanks to:

Hadeco –

Episode 7

In this week’s episode Jill focuses on roses. Who better to speak to than the father of the SA rose industry Ludwig Taschner. Jill shares some advice on working with roses and shows you how to create two different arrangements using roses.

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Special thanks to:

Ludwig’s Roses –

Episode 8

In this week’s episode,

floral communications expert Jill Manson gives you a behind the scenes look at the largest flower auction house in Africa, simplifies flower grading so you know what to look out for when buying flowers and creates the perfect gift – flowers in a box!

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Special thanks to:

Multiflora Flower Market –

Episode 9

In this week’s episode Jill visits the flower market to look at unique imports available locally. Using some of those unique imports Jill teaches you how to create contemporary arrangements using cylindrical vases!

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Special thanks to:

Alsmeer Flowers /

Multiflora Flower Market /

Episode 10

In this week’s episode Jill meets the in-house floral stylist at The Westcliff hotel to find out more about working with an African contemporary theme. Jill also shares technicalities to consider when working within this theme and teaches you how to create an African contemporary floral design.

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Special thanks to:

Four Seasons: The Westcliff /

Emely von Heesch-Smith /

Episode 11

In this week’s episode it is all about occasions. Jill shares some advice on flowers received as a gift, teaches you how to design in unique shapes and shows you how to create a floral design using floral foam in numeral shapes.

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Episode 12

In this week’s episode Jill pays tribute to the ever friendly Gerbera or Barberton Daisy. She starts her journey by visiting a Gerbera farm, then shares some tips and tricks on working with them and lastly teaches you to create two striking designs.

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Special thanks to

Imbali Cut Flowers

Episode 13

For the season finale Jill pulls out all the stops by exploring the theme of French Baroque. Think pewter, dark plum and marsala colours. Jill meets a creative who shares her floral flair and expect to gather tips and tricks revolving around the theme…

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Special thanks to

Morrell’s Boutique Estate –

Season 2

Episode 1

On this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill takes a look at how flowers have inspired Kelly Higgs, a decorative botanical artist to create works of art that are uniquely different. Then she shows you how to be inspired by floral artworks as well as how to style terrariums with fresh flowers to bring colour to your surroundings.

Episode 2

On this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill chats to a décor consultant who draws her home décor inspiration from the farm that she grew up on. Jill in turn is inspired by the spaces within this home to create stunning floral arrangements for the kitchen and bathroom.

Episode 3

On this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill visits home décor experts to find out how we can use wallpaper, colours and other accessories to enhance our homes. Then Jill will show you how to match flowers to fabrics by creating a couple of stylish floral arrangements.

Episode 4

This week on Fresh Cut, Jill visits the home of floral artist and upcyling champion, Bev Fraser, for some creative inspiration on ways to give new life to old things. Jill then shows you a few great ideas as to how you can incorporate upcycled items into your own floral designs.

Episode 5

Jill is out in the bush foraging for organic materials to create a rustic work of Art. She then creates a vibrant floral arrangement for a Posh Braai as well as a plant inspired serviette ring.

Episode 6

Today’s show is all about gifting your loved ones with floral inspired delights. Jill shows you how to style flowers in a bag for a friend, puts together a designer spa gift and creates a gentleman’s gift with a floral touch.

Episode 7

In this episode Jill teaches the gentle art of minimal styling, bringing an African inspired Zen feel. Using interesting containers and just a few beautiful blooms, learn how less really can be more when it comes to making floral statements.

Episode 8

Jill visits the Belles Gables restaurant to find out how they use flowers as part of their food presentation. She also shows you how to make a garland, flower ice, a fun set piece for a party and an unusual colour scheme of flowers to complement the dramatic interiors of the restaurant
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Episode 9

On this episode of Fresh Cut; we are finding out about the qualities and benefits of healing flowers.
Jill creates a floral arrangement with lavender, geraniums and a whole host of healing flowers for the home or to as a gift. She then styles different types of Proteas in an unusual vase for maximum effect.

Episode 10

On this episode of Fresh Cut: we explore the concept of modern contemporary floral styling. Jill visits the Forum Homini Boutique hotel at the Cradle of Humankind for inspiration as she sets out creating two amazing designs that best showcase the contemporary/modern style with an African touch.

Episode 11

Today Jill is creating classic flowers for classic interiors. The Hoeveld house boutique hotel provides the perfect venue for this type floral styling.

Episode 12

On this episode of Fresh Cut; Jill is bringing flower magic to a high tea. For this special occasion, she has chosen two distinct floral styling ideas that do not distract from setting but rather enhance the space.

Episode 13

Jill shows you how to spice up your outdoor entertaining with flowers and other bits collected from nature. She also teams up with a food and floral stylist to  create a centre piece for a rustic setting.

Season 3

For all your floral needs visit Alsmeer Flowers


Episode 1

In episode of Fresh Cut, Jill gets inspiration from her own garden and shows you how to forage greenery to create a floral display on the go..
Special Thanks: Bunches; 167 Jan Smuts, Parktown North, 011 880 2890 Modern minimal entrance hall design For a modern minimal design with maximum impact, you can cluster glass vases in different shapes together. Simply pop interesting leaves in the vases and you have an eye catching design for your entrance hall… Flowers: Lucky bamboo, monstera leaf, philedendron leaf, variegated draecena leaf, white snowdon

Entrance Hall Statement For a more dramatic entrance hall floral design, create a flat-backed asymmetrical, informal rustic feature. Flowers: Flax, monstera leaves, strelitzia leaves, Nandina domestica berries, Bottlebrush, Viburnum, soft palm, red roses and Philodendron leaves

Flower Arch If you are planning a special occasion, creating a floral arch is an exciting project to take on. Flowers: Camellia, black privet berries, Coccolus leaves, Jasminum Polyanthum, Palm leaves

Episode 2

Jill meets acclaimed botanical artist Ann Harris. She is inspired by Ann’s art and shows you how to create floral designs with a botanical inspiration. Special Thanks: Anne Harris; Deconstructed Agapanthus Taking inspiration from Ann Harris’ Agapanthus art work, this modern-contemporary design plays with the idea of a deconstructed Agapanthus. The square floral foam houses sweet peas and fern leaves. Flowers: Lilac sweet peas, maiden hair fern, an agapanthus plant with no flower or stem.
Technique: Massing sweet peas onto a square-shaped floral foam unit. Agapanthus placed inside the square in a glass cylider vase approx 15cm high inside the square.

Arrangement in dried palm frond Incorporating dried elements in your floral designs is a great way to bring life to your creations. In this design the base is a dried palm frond, with a block of floral foam placed inside it. Flowers: purple anthiriums, granadilla vine, asparagus fern, light orange hyacinths, Queen Anne’s lace, purple hybrid delphinium, pink ranunculus, alium, variegated pelargonium leaves, Astilbe, black privet berries, delicious monster leaves, light pink seed asters, red salvia.


Episode 3

In this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill meets individuals who share their take on accessorising. From a floral necklace to a floral crown… Special Thanks: Eugenie Drakes; PIECE Hendra Gouws; Die Blomskuur Floral Necklace and Crown For a special occasion, be bold and daring by wearing a floral necklace or crown. Remember to soak the flowers in water before using, to ensure they last. The wired necklace and crown was made by the talented Hendra Gouws of Die Blomskuur, but you can add flowers to existing jewellery pieces. Flowers: Bromeliads, orange ranunculus, yellow snowdons, white king protea, craspedia, porcupine quills, guinea fowl feathers. Sundries: red mahogany seed pods. wire, biofix.


Floral Fan + Corsage A great way to add floral flair as an accessory is to add them to a fan or a corsage. By using floral glue, simply stick the flowers to these items. Flowers: Light blue delphiniums, black eyed chinks, orange ranunculus, white wax, fynbos, cerise sweet william


24 – 30 Sept: Episode 4

In this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill meets Anton Burger who has perfected the art of embellishing objects with glass beads. Jill shares her take on embellishing ordinary vases, and creates striking vessels with the help of vegetables… Special Thanks: Anton Burger,
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Embellished vase Transform a plain vase into an eye catching vessel by covering the vase in double sided sticky tape and covering in flowers. Flowers: Pink alstroemeria (Inca Lilies), coral fern and white arums

Vegetable vases: To add interest to your vase, you can use vegetables like carrots, beans and spring onion. Use two vases of the same shape but in different sizes. Insert the smaller one inside the larger vase and fill the space between them using your choice of linear vegetable. Try to link the colour of the flowers with the colour of the vegetable that you insert between the two vases. Flowers: Peach roses and carrots /white freesias and spring onions

Episode 5

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill visits the home of artist Elzabe de Klerk to find out more about her love for repurposing discarded items. Jill also demonstrates how you can create floral designs that give life to otherwise forgotten items. Special Thanks: Elzabe de Klerk
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PARALLEL STYLE ON A SUPPORTED STRUCTURE. Taking an already existing wooden structure and designing a unique floral design. This floral creation shows how flowers can adorn a salvaged item, giving it a new purpose. Flowers: Craspedia, Oncidiums yellow, white wax, matricaria white

Table Runner:

Creating a table runner is quick and easy if you know what foliage and dried flowers to use. Flowers: dark pink bougainvillea, cycad leaves, peppercorn leaves, ornamental/italian ruscus:

Episode 6

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill visits a gift store and flower market to find great gifting ideas. Jill also demonstrates how you can create floral designs that compliment that perfect gift. Special Thanks:

DESIGN STYLE 1 : Modern asymmetrical grouping . Flowers: Sunflowers, Orange Banksia, Golden rod, Pussy willow, lavender Techniques: inserting a vase into a gift bag and using floral foam in the vase to design flowers out of the bag withFlat backed design free form

DESIGN STYLE 2 : Wreath style arrangement around a candle Flowers: Pink esperanza roses, green mini kol kol, viburnim, white sweet peas. Techniques:  massing and grouping

DESIGN STYLE 3 : Gift in a decorative flower carry box with gift tray Flowers: Red roses Techniques: the use of the deco box and soaking the oasis then placing flowers in the foam in a round shape in the oasis to fit back into the box. Ferrrero rocher chocs in the drawer.


Episode 7

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill visits a local art gallery in the heart of Johannesburg to showcase flowers to suit industrial living spaces. She shows you how to choose flowers and arrange floral designs that speak to the theme and how to arrange floral designs that will compliment the art in your home.

Special thanks: Art Eye Gallery

DESIGN STYLE 1 : Coffee Table Design Flowers:  Waratahs, Stargazer Lily, Wild Berries, Leucadendron, Weeping Willow, Chrysanthemums. Techniques: By taking a vase, using wire to create a net over so that flowers can be held in place in the vase.


DESIGN STYLE 2 : Simple clean floral arrangement for a busy industrial space. Flowers:  Palm Leaves, Proteas, Stargazer Lily. Techniques:  Grouping flowers in separate vases that compliment each other and the space.

DESIGN STYLE 3 : Floral design that is inspired by art in your home. Flowers:  Strelitzia, Dendrobiums, Blue Thistle, Anthurium, Pussy Willow, Dricenia Leaves, Green Date Berries. Techniques: Using floral foam to group a variety of flowers together in a vase to create high contrast that compliments the art in your home.


Episode 8

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill visits a flower market to find ways you can add flair through flowers to celebrate special occasions. Jill also demonstrates how to select flowers and arrange floral designs that compliment a variety of celebration occasions.

Special thanks:

For all your floral needs visit Alsmeer Flowers

DESIGN STYLE 1 : Low budget decor for a bachelorette centrepiece

Flowers: Carnations, Blue Sweet Peas, Montbresia, Yellow Pin Cushions, Yellow Snowdon’s Techniques: Spraying Pineapples with flower spray.


DESIGN STYLE 2 : A Masculine 21st Theme Flowers: Purple Astrantia, Maroon Arums, Aralia Leaf, White Anemone, Bromeliads, Desert Rose Succulent, Purple Dianthus and Slangras Techniques: Grouping & Colour co-ordinating



Episode 9

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill explores the theme of Country Style. She shows you how to choose flowers and arrange floral designs that smack of the country look & feel. Jill also demonstrates how to select vases and create containers that compliment the country look you want to achieve.

DESIGN STYLE 1 : Free Form Provencal Vase Design Flowers: White Anemones, White Snowdon, Black Eyed Chinks, White Roses, Cream Lilies, Wheat, Brown Grasses, Hydrangea, Amaranthus, Asparagus Plumoses, Everlastings, White Cornflowers
Techniques: Placing oasis high in the container to allow for flowers cascade down to the table surface. Triangular shaped design with many spaces for creating a natural and free form design with a country feeling.

DESIGN STYLE 2 : Conceptual Rustic Design with a Country Flair Flowers: Light Blue Hydrangea, Eryngium, Pink Veronica, Wax, Latifolia, Blue Stattice, Lilac Roses
Techniques: Creating a vessel out of an oasis foam ball cut in half and using biofix wire and rattan or palm bark to hide the foam base.


Episode 10 – Modern Contemporary

In this episode of Fresh Cut, Jill explores the theme of Modern Contemporary Design. She shows you how to choose flowers and arrange floral designs that fit a modern contemporary style. Jill also demonstrates how to select vases that compliment the modern contemporary look you want to achieve. DESIGN STYLE 1 :   Parallel Design Flowers: White arums, Mother-in-Laws Tongue, Aralia Leaf, White Snowdon Chrysanthemum, Chinks, Green Dianthus Techniques: Filling the vase with white stones to raise the base of it to achieve the height required by the Arums. Slicing the centre of mother-in-laws tongue leaf to allow the vertical placements of the arum lilies into the vase for support. Pinning of the chinks on manipulation of them to create an arc with their stems to emphasize the conceptual design element of the piece. Gluing of the dianthus flower heads onto the basing of the mother in law tongue using cold glue to achieve overall balance of the design. Bundling of the chinks to place them horizontally onto the base of the leaf opposite to the dianthus.

DESIGN STYLE 2 :   Minimal Zen Arrangement Flowers: Purple Tulips, Cerise Gerberas, Allium Flower, Pussy Willow and Aspidistra Leaf Techniques: Use a kenzan to anchor the flowers and then hide the kenzan with stones.

DESIGN STYLE 3 :   Transforming a traditional country bunch into a modern design Flowers: Red, Cream and Orange Roses, Orange Lilies, Cerise carnations, Orange Gerbera Techniques: Use a well soaked block of flower foam that has a suction device to stick it to the base of a large 30cm glass square vase. Dismantle the bouquet and cut the stems extremely short and create a design inside the vase following the square shape.


Episode 11 – Healing flowers, from farm to table

In this week’s episode of Fresh Cut, Jill is searching for Healing Flowers and how you can get them From Farm to Table… Jill visits The Herb Farm in Johannesburg to get inspiration from a truly wonderful place filled with amazing flowers, vegetables and herbs. She then show you how to choose flowers and arrange floral designs that hold healing properties, changing your frown upside down…

DESIGN STYLE 1: Asymmetrical Arrangement of healing flowers and herbs on flat wooden base

Flowers: Penstemons, Fennel, Rosemary, Artichoke, Cabbage Leaf, Salvia and Lavender

Techniques: Waterproof the base/container with cellophane placed below the wet flower foam block to prevent damage to the wood. Start with the largest form flower first and then set the maximum height for the design and follow the line you create between the linear flowers and the largest form. Hide the mechanic of the flower foam block with dodder and moss which gives a natural look and texture.


DESIGN STYLE 2 : Traditional and Edible Round Arrangement

Flowers: Red Garden roses, Spinach Leaves, Bronze Fennel, Peach Garden Roses, Celery Leaves.

Techniques: Creating a basing for a traditional round vase and then using grouping of flowers as focal forms in the centre point for impact.



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Episode 12

Jill is looking at the theme of Glamorous Opulence and how you can design spectacular floral arrangements that are perfect for your sensational dinner parties.

Episode 13

Jill is looking at the theme of Floral Sculptural Design and how you can create spectacular floral arrangements that can become artistic sculptures for your home or event.