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Here are the succulents in fiberglass containers that feature on the show, “A to Z” pictured at our workshop prior to delivery.

Here are the succulents in fiberglass containers that feature on the show, “A to Z” pictured at our workshop prior to delivery. (Click to enlarge)

A to Z poster on LA billboard

“A to Z” TV show poster as seen on an LA billboard (Courtesy: Daily Billboard Blog)

The fall television season is in full swing and we’re excited to share that one of the most hotly anticipated new comedies features Make Be-Leaves plantscapes. The show, executive produced by Rashida Jones, is called “A to Z” and is on Thursdays on NBC. It tells the story of tells the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men,” “The Mindy Project”) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “How I Met Your Mother”) – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all that happened from the day they met.

At Make Be-Leaves, we take pride in every one of our projects – big or small, simple or complex – but there’s a special joy when you can tell your friends and family that they can see your work on television. It allows us to share what we do with a wider audience. The romantic backdrop of the series makes the work we were able to create even more special and reminds us of some of the memorable pieces we’ve put together for wedding planners.

Recognize this faux tiered herb garden from HIMYM?

Recognize this faux tiered herb garden from HIMYM? (Click to enlarge)

This is a photo of the faux ‘living wall’ we created for HIMYM before it was delivered to the set.

This is a photo of the faux ‘living wall’ we created for HIMYM before it was delivered to the set.

The opportunity came to us from the long, wonderful relationship we enjoy with the very talented and seasoned set decorator, Susan Eschelbach. It’s always a challenge for crews to pull together sets with plantscapes that follow the detailed direction of writers, directors, producers and so on – often with major last-minute changes – while working within budget. Using high-quality, custom plantscaping is a great long-term solution for film and TV – eliminating the constant care and replacement of live plants that cause inconsistency on screen as they grow and change.

You may remember that we’ve worked with Susan on “How I Met Your Mother” – at times providing custom trees for a short-term use (such as

Large-scale silk hydrangeas custom created for HIMYM, which provided huge cost and maintenance savings over the course of the many years the show aired – even now in syndication!

Large-scale silk hydrangeas custom created for HIMYM, which provided huge cost and maintenance savings over the course of the many years the show aired – even now in syndication! (Click to enlarge)

Christmas holiday scenes) as well as for long-term use in “exterior” scenes. Custom plantings we created for HIMYM included tiered faux herb pottings, large scale silk hydrangea and Agapanthus plantings – all designed to replicate original live plantings that were included in earlier episodes. It was imperative to provide detailed replicas of the real plants, so that no one would notice the change from live plants to silk from one episode to the next.

This orchid, custom created for the show, “A to Z,” even feels like a real plant!

This orchid, custom created for the show, “A to Z,” even feels like a real plant! (Click to enlarge)

On “A to Z,” our artificial plantscaping includes interior trees, entrance silk cypress topiaries, custom artificial mixed succulent arrangements in large fiberglass planters, and – one of my favorite trees – our silk Kentia Palm, custom built on multi palm rib wood stalks – for the show’s law office reception area set. But my very favorite pieces created for the show are the custom silk white phaleanopsis orchid arrangements – used throughout the office scenes. Our replica of the orchid arrangements used in the pilot are perhaps the closest we’ve come to creating a real plant to date – right down to touch! They were the perfect solution for keeping the set ‘alive’ with beautiful orchids, without the maintenance costs.

We hope you tune in to take a look at our work. Can we provide a quality, custom plantscape for your production? I welcome you to email me at susie@makebe-leaves.com.

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