In her final episode of our 2018 Design Star video series, Kaylee demonstrates how she creates one of her signature centerpieces using a compote and florist netting (aka chicken wire). This particular design features Sahara roses from QualisA and White Majolika spray roses from Hosa, both MDS sponsors. The demonstration ends with Kaylee's tip on how to extend the length of a short stem using a water tube.
dahlias, ninebark, maple, scabiosa, foxglove, roses, spray roses, anemones,
Japanese anemones, berries, & foraged materials
For a more seasonal look, the same arrangement can be made for the holidays using a richer color palette and substituting amaryllis in lieu of dahlias. Seasonal evergreens like Port Orford cedar, juniper, and Douglas fir can replace fall foliages. Hellebores, hyacinth, Star of Bethlehem and anemones are great this time of year as secondary and accent flowers. Ilex berries or holly berry provide a nice seasonal texture as well as adding branches or cones for a more wintery look.
Note: Foraging, although done for thousands of years, has once again regained popularity. We would like to offer you some guidelines and etiquette to follow when you are out collecting in nature:
- Always respect private properties and ask permission if you are unsure - do not trespass.
- Never cut protected or endangered native species. This includes plants that are growing inside our national and local parks.
- Do not take more than you need.
- Avoid pulling up from the root - leave the plants intact and exercise judicial pruning.
- Use clean shears, knives, and cutters.
- Leave the area as you found it by leaving no trace that you were there.
- Do not disturb natural wildlife habitats.