Monday, November 10, 2014
For the décor, it was my job to find a colorful and modern way to distill autumn’s essence. I had begun by injecting bursts of color in the Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Bouquets and in the Boutonnieres, turning to Coffee Break roses and hypericum berries.
Once inside the tent I set to work with rolls of natural burlap, transforming tent poles into trunks of trees that I topped with canopies of sweet gum leaves.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
In one instance I added green hypericum berries and fiddleheads for a bracing, contemporary take on a traditional arrangement. In another instance, I veered off my rose theme – who in her right mind could pass up on these coral-colored peonies?
They look stunning in tall glass containers. These creations were auctioned off after the demonstration and went home with a number of happy garden club members. Many thanks to Carrie Pin for photographing some of the day’s creations.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In recent wedding seasons we’ve seen some exotic concoctions. There have been bouquets of succulents. There have been hot-colored arrangements inspired by The Tropics.
But white arrangements have genuine staying power and can be highly original. With so many high quality orchids, roses, callas, freesia and hydrangeas available, what might once have sounded bland can become a remarkably imaginative component. If used alone or with tender fillers and greens, a white wedding bouquet can be pure magic!
Take a look at this collage of some of my recent work. With all-white arrangements, white seems whiter when you vary shades and textures. Other times I’ve upped the ante with subtle or dramatic bursts of color – whether it’s the brilliant blue of sea holly, or the sun-kissed yellow mini-callas. Finish off your look with a lush satin bow to match the white of your gown and you’re ready for your own modern-day John Singer Sargent portrait.Whether you’re a bride-to-be dreaming of a medieval wedding or a naturalist at heart, hoping your wedding day will be as fresh as springtime walk in your favorite forest -- what better time to start planning for this special day than on this late-winter morning?
Friday, November 29, 2013
All photos by Kathy DiGiovanna
Monday, November 18, 2013
The arrangements (below) were created at the St. John's Food Festival (Washington, CT)...as a demonstration. They were sold as they were completed.
Custom arrangements (below) were designed for the Washington Garden Club (Washington, CT) for their opening party for the Pick of the Crop event. The entry table featured an abundance of local vegetables... after the party; these were the main ingredients for a delicious soup.
Recently at Winvian, NOFA held a fund raising party. This large arrangement of local vegetables (donated by the Wild Carrot Farm in Bantam) was sold in the silent auction.
Vegetable arrangements never fail to charm guests. They are a welcome touch at country weddings, farm to table dinners, as well as at the bounteous Thanksgiving table.