Philadelphia Flower Show: A Family Affair

Philadelphia Flower Show: A Family Affair

For many years I have been involved with the Philadelphia Flower Show and credit it with much of my floral design experience and with a vast number of what I call my “flower friends.”  Each year brings familiar faces of people who I know not only from their faces but...
Color and Abundance, Flowers in India

Color and Abundance, Flowers in India

For the past month I have been traveling across the globe including a few weeks visiting the northern part of India.  Color and chaos abound with stalls selling vegetables, fruits, and flowers line the streets. My first morning in Mumbai was a 5:30 a.m. tour of the...
Anthurium—An Hawaiian Star

Anthurium—An Hawaiian Star

I am on my way to Honolulu for a demonstration and workshops with the Garden Club of Honolulu. Since most often I work with Pennsylvania garden flowers I revel at the chance of working with some local anthurium and other tropical blooms. The latest look from Hitomi...
Warming Up with Wool

Warming Up with Wool

December brings wintry weather in our area and winter wool is part of our daily wardrobes. Wool can be added to floral designs for additions of color, texture, and line. A visit to the Sacred Valley in Peru takes us to a women’s weaving compound where many different...
Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty

November brings our Thanksgiving holiday and thoughts of celebrating the vast varieties of vegetables and fruits available.   Just a few tricks will make these wonderful, long lasting fruits and vegetables fun and attractive additions to your holiday arrangements....
Fall Color—Bringing the Season Indoors.

Fall Color—Bringing the Season Indoors.

Walking though the neighborhood in October awes us with vibrant hues.  Using fall leaves in floral designs brings the outdoors inside. This bouquet is created in a twig basket with a chicken wire base to support the stems. Preserved oak leaves are strung onto wire and...