Holiday Workshop Centerpiece

In December, I hosted a floral design workshop for Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club members.  We created a holiday themed centerpiece using fresh roses and holly plus some foraged items from my garden.  I preserved Limelight hydrangea blooms with a water/glycerin mixture and then spray painted them with a burgundy wine color.  The pine cones are lightly painted copper and gold.  Other items in this piece are lotus pods, grapevine balls, and small colored ornaments.

Natural elements include cones, lotus pods, dried


Burgundy carnations were grouped in threes for greater impact

Decorating Wreaths with Natural Elements

Using a base of natural greens, I added pine cones, dried rose hips,and eucalyptus from the garden along with some artificial berries, weather-proof ornaments and bows to make these wreaths.  This year we had very few pine cones fall in the white pine stand of trees . . . next year I’ll be collecting as many as I can.

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Last Hurrah for Orange Roses

I love orange roses . . . the last opportunity to design with fall colors including sunflowers is around Thanksgiving.  This is the last hurrah for orange roses and foraging in the yard and garden for rose hips, green plants and branches.

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Sunflower Christmas

The Fantasy Christmas House is a fund raising event held each November in southern Wisconsin.  The home is decorated for the holidays by local florists, designers, and vendors.  It includes a Hall of Trees where decor and wreaths are donated for a raffle.  I designed the Sunflower Tree that highlighted deep red sunflowers,  pine cones topped by natural ribbon bows, bird nests and handmade bouquets of lotus pods and eucalyptus branches.  The proceeds from this event benefitted the Ronald McDonald House.