Floral scents

Talents blossom under pressure in 'The Arrangement' reality series.

September 17, 2010|By Joyce Rudolph,
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

Everything's coming up roses for Tenley Young.

She's a lot more relaxed now that production has wrapped on "The Arrangement," a reality series she appeared on that pitted 10 floral designers against one another in outrageous contests. The one-hour, eight-episode TV series will premiere Oct. 4 on Logo cable channel. It was produced by World of Wonder that also did the film "Party Monster" and TV's "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Young, a Burbank resident, graduated from Village Christian School in 1998, attended Glendale Community College and graduated from UCLA.

"I majored in English, but I didn't want to teach or write," she said.

But she did want to do something with her passion — flowers.

The 30-year-old started creating floral arrangements when she was 16 for friends' weddings and special events. Early in her life, the family lived on a farm with a vegetable garden, and her father was a landscape designer and woodworker.


"I grew up around it, and I've always loved being outside," she said. "I always asked my dad, 'Can I help make that bookshelf with you?' "

Young moved in with her parents last year after she lost her job, car and apartment. She was working for a florist and creating arrangements for clients out of her parents' backyard when a friend told her about the audition for the TV series and urged Young to try out.

Her infectious laugh and edgy looks landed her a spot on the show, producers said.

Young has a tall Mohawk she coifs herself, wears girlie punk rock fashions and has a large tattoo on her right upper arm.

She's not what most people envision when they think florist, said Dave Mace, senior vice president and head of original programming with Logo.

"Tenley was young to us, and she also had an edgy look to her — a rock 'n' roll vibe," he said. "She was really so great about taking in the judges' comments and notes on every challenge, and you could see a progression in her work — a difference for the better. She was taking in what the judges were suggesting, and learning that in any competition show is essential for sticking around."

Each week, the designers were given assignments that progressively got more outrageous as time went on, producers said. The first show had two challenges.

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