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.

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

These dark January days make me think of the element of design ‘Light.”  The elements of design are the physical properties that may be seen, touched, or smelled----light, color, line, form, size, space, texture, and fragrance. LIGHT Light is essential for vision. ...

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Evergreens for the Season

Evergreens for the Season

Chilly December days have us spending more time indoors looking out and wanting to fill our homes with greens and flowers. This is a good time to focus floral designs on lots of long-lasting evergreen foliage and add just a few flowers, berries, and accents.Foraging...

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Pumpkins- Inspiration for the Season

Pumpkins- Inspiration for the Season

November brings Thanksgiving and time for pumpkins. All around us there are pumpkin displays, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pastries, and pumpkin pies. Although I am not a fan of pumpkin latte, I am totally entranced with the magical pumpkin interpretations of the artist...

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A salute to trees—flowers and branches

A salute to trees—flowers and branches

“If flowers bring us joy, trees give us strength”October in Pennsylvania reminds to look up and enjoy the changing colors of nature.  All around us deciduous trees are turning tones and shades of red, orange, and yellow and giving us a last burst of color before they...

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SUNFLOWERS IN SEPTEMBER

SUNFLOWERS IN SEPTEMBER

As the days get shorter in September, sunflowers remind us of bright summer days and abundant harvests. Sunflowers (Helianthus annus) are native to both North and South America. They grow from between 5 and 12 feet tall and have large, showy flower heads. The head of...

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About Hydrangeas!!

About Hydrangeas!!

Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs that come in many sizes, shapes, and colors and make wonderful cut flowers bouquets for the home. Use them combined with other flowers, or just a big bowl of a single variety can make a stunning display. The name hydrangea comes from...

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Adventures with  Lilies

Adventures with Lilies

My most recent flower adventure was preparing and presenting a Zoom program for NALS, the North American Lily Society. From the very beginning, thinking about the vast varieties of lilies and what designs to show them off was a totally absorbing experience.  Since my...

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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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