Garden Diary - January 2019

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Arranging with Produce, Fruit, and Flowers

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Our first meeting of the new year! "Us" is the Tohickon Garden Club. What's doing? Well, food is always an important part of our meetings, and this one kicks off with a potluck brunch. Then there's the once-a-year "clean out your closets" white elephant sale. Whatever doesn't sell goes to someone's barn until the summer Tinicum Arts Festival. Also, members so inclined can bring either a small wintry arrangement, or a small collection of unusual material (leaves, nuts, seed heads, berries) found outside in January. Entertainment provided by club member Kristin Schwartz of The Potager at 17 Bridge in Milford, New Jersey, with a lecture on Fun with Flowers.

More than just flowers, Kristin gave us a witty, entertaining, and informative talk
on using fruit, flowers, and vegetable in colorful arrangements.

For example, this simple arrangement of orange tulips in a clear glass vase
paired with the colorful stems and textured leaves of rainbow chard.

Kirstin has her table set up with a basket of fruit from Produce Junction,
(small lady apples, key limes, and more), and two prepared arrangements.

Greenery from the garden, even at this time of year, embellishes
an arrangement supported on a very substantial thrift store pedestal.

A glass cake stand supports a circular arrangement created while we watched,
from pink roses, lady apples, one green Granny Smith apple, rosy red berries,
chartreuse green chrysanthemums, arborvitae greenery, and winter seed heads.

Another arrangement with two different types of maroon carnations, key limes,
chartreuse chrysanthemums, one pink rose, and sprays of greenery. What fun!

So next time you are shopping for the dinner table, plan on making dual use of the produce.
It all ends up on the table, some cooked on a plate and some made into table decoration.

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