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...
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...