The Phoenix Design

The Phoenix Design

One of the most useful designs for filling large spaces is the phoenix design.  The name comes from an ancient Egyptian legend of a colorful bird called a Phoenix.  It lives in the desert for hundreds of years and then self ignites. When the ashes rise to heaven...
Arranging with Fruits and Vegetables

Arranging with Fruits and Vegetables

Thanksgiving is approaching and a good time to add fruits and vegetables to table arrangements.  With just a few tricks this can be easy and the effect is long lasting.Look to the vegetable aisle in the supermarket for colors and textures to enhance flowers. I like to...
Fall Into Entertaining

Fall Into Entertaining

I had the pleasure of visiting Leesburg Virginia for their semi annual Leesburg Garden Club Symposium 2018.  The event took place at Riverside on the Potomac, a fabulous barn and party venue that made working in a barn a very glamorous experience.  The light inside...
Flower Arranging for Gardeners

Flower Arranging for Gardeners

The Garden Club of America held its annual Shirley Meneice Conference at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA.  This is a meeting of more than 250 avid horticulturists who meet for several days of workshops and garden study.  I was asked to present a brief workshop...
Summer Blooms

Summer Blooms

June brings the summer solstice and long, sunny days. As temperatures rise flower colors get hotter as well. Soft larkspur blues and columbine in early June make way for bright sunflowers and zinnias by August. The glamorous dahlia begins it show late in the summer...
September is for Sunflowers

September is for Sunflowers

My best advice for arranging with sunflowers is “DON’T.”  Just let them fall into place and their heads should find spaces in a graceful, natural way.  The fresh water in this vase will cloud in a few days and that’s the sign for changing the water and giving the...