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April 4, 2017

Tulips, tulips, tulips--I love them. 

They are one of those flowers that just make me smile. 

Did you know there are 3,000 varieties of cultivated tulips?  They vary in color, height and shape, and have bloom times ranging from early (March-April), mid (April-May), and late (May). The versatility of the tulip makes it a crowd favorite.

I really appreciate the tulip's personality--so cheerful and disobedient. They move throughout an arrangement with a curious grace, unruly and beautiful. It's no surprise that the tulip symbolizes imagination, dreaminess, and a declaration of love.

Planning a garden is an ever-evolving process, much of which takes forethought and preparation to last for seasons to come. In late fall, wh...

March 3, 2017

It's that time of year when the days are warming up and the landscape is coming out of hibernation. Where spring color is gaining ground and last fall's crisp is loosing its footing. 

Jonquils, Lenten roses, jasmine, and deciduous magnolias bursting into life. The buds are swelling on everything and the brilliant colors pop against evergreen plantings and man-made structures. 

Amid this wide selection, I tried to hone in my excitement and focus on my featured flower (which my husband teases me is more of a blooming branch than "flowers." But hey, I am an Arborist--can't blame me for loving low maintenance blooms!) .

My inspiration came when I noticed the beauty of fall's spoils paired with the blooming...

February 15, 2017

My inspiration: the garden--the source of it all, my roots, my teacher. While working in the garden, I found myself mesmerized by the beauty of the Annabelle hydrangea--bold with a touch of refined grace dancing over the top of a symmetrical and crisp Korean Boxwood hedge.  

I imagined myself sprouting out of the hydrangea, straight from the soil, into a beautiful, intriguing flower, and from there the idea for a floral dress took hold. 

As I balanced my vision and reality, many factors came into play-- volume, flow, movement, weight, preservation, freshness, and transportation.

How to Make a Floral Skirt: 3 Steps


1. The Foundation

This dress was a transformation of a petticoat thanks to my handy-man husband, crafty mother-in-la...

January 31, 2017

I encourage you to plant for every season.  The winter landscape may feel bleak and lackluster but it is one of my favorite seasons.  This post is for horticulturalists, home gardeners, floral designers and anyone who wants to learn how to arrange flowers. In this post we cover: How to Plant Flowering Quince in Your Garden, How to Care for Your Quince, Pruning for Quince, How to Arrange Flowering Quince

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