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...
Spring is For Daffodils

Spring is For Daffodils

Daffodil is the common name for Narcissus and both names are interchangeable. It is a very satisfying perennial to grow and is adaptable to many growing conditions, hardy, and increases from year to year. Another big plus is that deer do not like it! To get an array...
Growing at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Growing at the Philadelphia Flower Show

When people ask me how my career evolved in floral design I have to give credit to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Philadelphia Flower Show. While taking classes and workshops, whenever they were offered, the chance to try my luck in competition was a...
The Color White Can Inspire Awe

The Color White Can Inspire Awe

One of my favorite books is “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair who begins her chapter on white with quotes from Melville’s Moby Dick.  “The Whiteness of the Whale,” is a powerful chapter touching on the psychological effect of the color white. It can be...
Couture Floral Design

Couture Floral Design

All Photography By: Laura Pearson Couture floral design may be used when creating a floral design for a flower show or stylish event. We may look to the French for haute couture inspiration.  Much like fabric, leaves and grasses may be folded into graceful shapes to...