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 Parisian Florist  – Day 2

Our second day with Catherine Muller in Paris started with what appeared to be a traditional candelabra that turned out to be much more.Design #1Traditional candelabra stands lined the counter of our low workspace. The list of flowers was another extravagant array...

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The Parisian Florist—Learning Floristry in Paris

The Parisian Florist—Learning Floristry in Paris

Yesterday I arrived home from a week in Paris and four exciting, challenging days at the Catherine Muller Flower School. Located on Rue des Pyramids, a block from the Tulleries Garden, Catherine hosts floral designers from around the world for classes with absolutely...

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Spring is Here—with Daffodils!

April in Pennsylvania is filled with blooming branches and daffodils. The daffodil harvest gives us a few challenges for getting them into arrangements, so here are a few tips.A big bowl of sand is an excellent medium for spring flowers.  They last and last but it’s...

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Anatomy of a Flower Show

Anatomy of a Flower Show

This week I had the privilege of visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to judge the magnificent flower show “Primivera.” Spring was in the air as I entered the gardens with blooming daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths and were a welcome relief from the fading snow piles...

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Tools for Floral Design

Tools for Floral Design

January is a good time to take a break from fresh flowers and focus a bit on getting workshop and tools organized for the spring. When I started working with flowers in my home, I needed only the basic tools but kept adding to the collection. A streamlined group of...

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Amaryllis—A Winter Delight

Amaryllis—A Winter Delight

In November we had a garden club program given by a club member that inspired me to look deeper into the beautiful flower, amaryllis. The official name for an amaryllis is Hippeastrum and the names are most often used interchangeably. At our meeting, we saw a You Tube...

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November is For Flower Shows

November is For Flower Shows

This past week I was lucky enough to attend two very different and very fun flower shows. Flower shows give arrangers the opportunity to play with ideas and try new and different techniques. What excites me about the process is seeing how each person takes a theme and...

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Branching Out—Designs Inspired by Nature

Branching Out—Designs Inspired by Nature

Last week I was invited to Grosse Pointe, Michigan, as a speaker for the Garden Club of Michigan’s flower show “Into the Woods.” The show was held at the Little Club and visitors viewed beautiful Lake Sinclair along with a splendid array of horticulture specimens and...

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Creativity at Work – The Hairpin Holder

Creativity at Work – The Hairpin Holder

This wonderful “new” sustainable floral design mechanic has been a fun way for me to put summer garden flowers into easy, relaxed arrangements. It is called a “hairpin holder” and I remember seeing it in my grandmother’s flower box many years ago, no it’s not really...

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“The Joys of Mountain Findings”

“The Joys of Mountain Findings”

Last week had the great pleasure of visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains on the boarders of North Carolina and Georgia. The weather was wonderful and I enjoyed foraging the woods and local gardens for flowers, plants, varieties of moss, lichen, and stones for the Sky...

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