My Adventures

Come with Me on My Journey

People often ask me “Where do you get your ideas?”  and my reply is “Which myriad of ideas should I use!”  So come with me with me on what I call “my floral adventures” which are an ever changing parade of new design experiments. The best part of floral adventures is friends who share the same passion for flowers.

Each season brings a renewed look at what’s growing and available for floral designs. New inspiration comes from study, travel and working with other designers. In My Adventures I’ll share with you my take on the latest in floral design.

INSPIRED BY TULIPS—-TULIPOMANIA

INSPIRED BY TULIPS—-TULIPOMANIA

May is the month of the “Flower Moon” named by the Native Americans to mark the season of blooming plants. Matthew Ross, the multi-talented head of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens has shared some pictures and I am inspired to explore arranging with tulips...

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The Wire Garland

The Wire Garland

A recent honor for me was to be invited to be a speaker for the Garden Club of America’s 2021 virtual floral design conference. My topic was to be “Proving the Principles” and I chose to make my presentation illustrate the connection between historical eras and how...

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Dressing Up for Spring

Dressing Up for Spring

Dressing Up for Spring Still a bit of snow on the ground here but there are signs of spring and little shoots are beginning to pop up from the ground. It’s time to put away the heavy parka and move to lighter jackets and sweaters. It’s also time to bring out some...

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Designing with Paper

Designing with Paper

In February I reminisce about elementary school Valentine’s Day.  We all had lots and lots of little paper envelopes with cards to open and read .  It was required that cards were given to each student so there were no favorites, although occasionally I confess to...

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Flower Show Arranging

Flower Show Arranging

CLASS 3- WATERFALL. A cascade designLast fall my garden club, Four Counties GC, had their Fall Flower Show. The title of the show was “Love our Earth.” In October 2020 we had two hands-on workshops outdoors and the day of the show exhibitors drove their arrangements...

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The Color Red

The Color Red

Red is the color of strong emotion---heat, love, passion! December brings the time of year when we think of using the colors of red and green. This tradition stems from the celebration of the winter solstice when the days began to get longer after six months of...

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Chrysanthemum Workday

Chrysanthemum Workday

Here in Pennsylvania we have had our first frost and summer flowers are faded. I am celebrating the cool November days with a big bucket of chrysanthemums and a day of flower arranging with two of my very talented “flower friends.” The flowers posed for their picture...

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Flowering Through Time Art Nouveau  1890- 1914

Flowering Through Time Art Nouveau 1890- 1914

Last month I shared with my interest in the history of floral design and the influence of the Egyptian Era. Another art movement in history that inspires my design work is Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau emerged as a reaction from the strict academic art and architecture of...

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