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.

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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Dazzling Dahlia

Dazzling Dahlia

Native to Mexico and Central America our beautiful dahlia are abundant in Pennsylvania gardens in August through early October. They are a member…

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KINTSUGI  ‘GOLDEN JOINERY’

KINTSUGI ‘GOLDEN JOINERY’

The art of precious scars. Wabi sabi ,  the Japanese art of imperfection inspired the beautiful idea of repairing broken ceramics with golden lacquer.  First done in the 15th century the practice recognizes the history of an object and creates an enhanced beauty with...

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Yellow – A Color of the Season

Yellow – A Color of the Season

Spring and early summer in Pennsylvania start with the cheerful yellow of forsythia and crocus blossoms, move through varying shades of narcissus, and later in the season some glorious pale yellow peonies.  This season has inspired me to look into the color yellow and...

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Pot-et-fleur Design

Pot-et-fleur Design

The pot-et-fleur is a combination of potted plants and cut flowers which gives the lasting quality of plants with the colorful impact of cut flowers.  The cut flowers may be replaced to give the design many weeks of beauty.Steps to make a pot-et-fleur Prepare your...

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Bringing the Outdoors Inside

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

Most of us are spending some extra time indoors with the virus quarantine. I am trying to cheer things up a bit by bringing some of the beautiful outdoor blossoms into the house. Sadly I cannot invite you into our home but welcome you with pussy willows and magnolia. ...

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Philadelphia Flower Show: A Family Affair

Philadelphia Flower Show: A Family Affair

For many years I have been involved with the Philadelphia Flower Show and credit it with much of my floral design experience and with a vast number of what I call my “flower friends.”  Each year brings familiar faces of people who I know not only from their faces but...

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Color and Abundance, Flowers in India

Color and Abundance, Flowers in India

For the past month I have been traveling across the globe including a few weeks visiting the northern part of India.  Color and chaos abound with stalls selling vegetables, fruits, and flowers line the streets. My first morning in Mumbai was a 5:30 a.m. tour of the...

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