A Winter’s Walk

People don’t generally think of wintertime as a time for beautiful flowers. Gray skies and dormant fields don’t inspire visions of lush gardens and colorful bouquets. But wintertime offers its own unique type of beauty where rich textural elements, snowy white blooms and glossy green foliages combine for a sumptuous look.
To embrace the beauty of winter, we decided to launch our 2012 Design Series with a class entitled, Winter’s Walk. A talented group of flower lovers and budding designers gathered at the English Garden design studio for a class led by EG design instructors Myra Saylor and Renee Becker.
Using a simple design bowl and standard florist foam, participants created an elegant centerpiece from a palette of all white florals contrasted with rich brown lotus pods, gilded pinecones, glossy magnolia and aspidistra foliages. Fuji mums, chrysanthemums, star of Bethlehem, dianthus and roses in all white gave the budding designers an opportunity to see the simple elegance of a monochromatic palette. Myra and Renee instructed students on proper care and handling of the florals used, knife and scissor techniques for the proper cutting of flowers and foliage and the benefits of using floral foam for certain design styles. The design created also gave students a chance to work with a mix of fresh and dried materials while also experimenting with the design techniques of grouping and terracing. The finished bouquets have hopefully given each attendee a fun treat to enjoy for the week and helpful hints for enjoying flowers in the future! The 2012 Design Series continues with a rose care and design workshop on February 28th. Call 919-341-6650 or email us at classes@englishgardenraleigh.com to book a spot.