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.

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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Anthurium—An Hawaiian Star

Anthurium—An Hawaiian Star

I am on my way to Honolulu for a demonstration and workshops with the Garden Club of Honolulu. Since most often I work with Pennsylvania garden flowers I revel at the chance of working with some local anthurium and other tropical blooms. The latest look from Hitomi...

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Warming Up with Wool

Warming Up with Wool

December brings wintry weather in our area and winter wool is part of our daily wardrobes. Wool can be added to floral designs for additions of color, texture, and line.A visit to the Sacred Valley in Peru takes us to a women’s weaving compound where many different...

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Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty

November brings our Thanksgiving holiday and thoughts of celebrating the vast varieties of vegetables and fruits available.   Just a few tricks will make these wonderful, long lasting fruits and vegetables fun and attractive additions to your holiday arrangements....

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Fall Color—Bringing the Season Indoors.

Fall Color—Bringing the Season Indoors.

Walking though the neighborhood in October awes us with vibrant hues.  Using fall leaves in floral designs brings the outdoors inside. This bouquet is created in a twig basket with a chicken wire base to support the stems. Preserved oak leaves are strung onto wire and...

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