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...
Inspired By Water

Inspired By Water

Water can be a graceful way to elevate flowers in a vase without the heaviness of a ceramic or other material.  Let’s take a look at some ways to work with the element of water without creating an underwater design. For the gala opening of Longwood Gardens Fountain...
Zinnia—A Summer Favorite

Zinnia—A Summer Favorite

August in Pennsylvania brings hot summer days and fields of zinnias.  The name zinnia comes from a German botanist, Johann Gottfried Zinn who found zinnias in Mexico and brought them to Europe where he bred varieties and new hybrid forms. Zinnias are easy to grow in...
Aah…… PEONIES!

Aah…… PEONIES!

Peony flowers have been favorites for many years. The Chinese preferred the full double blooms as a sign of position and wealth. Japanese people favored the simplicity of the single flower. In Europe, it was the fragrance of the blooms that attracted people to the...
The Cascade or Waterfall Design

The Cascade or Waterfall Design

One of my favorite design styles is the cascade or waterfall design.  As in its name, it has a form with primarily downward motion but with some curls in upward motion.   Gregor Lersch says. “Water falls down and splashes up.”  We teach this Art Nouveau inspired...