Many moons ago, Amelia from Yellow Thistle Designs led a little workshop for some of us at the Howdy Farm on preparing flower arrangements for the Howdy Farm Plant Sale on October 15th. I have a very science-mind, and I like when there is a step-by-step formula for how to do something, but I learned that floral design is far from formulaic. When I thought that I might be done, I was told to keep adding more to the arrangement!
One of the most fun parts of making our arrangements was finding plants/stems/vines from random plants around the farm and incorporating them into an arrangement – not just flowers from the flower garden! We would cut branches off of trees along the walkways or bushes by the house to fill in an arrangement. I would say that by two arrangements in I was starting to get the hang of it. (1) Add lots of wild green leafy branches that make a ‘background’. (2) Poke in lots of flowers (and take most of the leaves/branches off the stems). Add some big ones, some bright ones. Add some smaller ones. (3) Add some wispy-er flowers (i.e. Celosia, Amaranth). And that is basically it. There really isn’t a set method, which almost made it harder to learn, but it is fun letting the creative juices flow and make something pretty and wild!
It was so much fun getting to learn from Amelia, and she is so encouraging. She is in school and started her own floral design company (What?! So cool!) and does weddings/events. The word ‘whimsy’ comes to my mind when I see her arrangements; they are both classy and joyful and wild. If you (or any of your friends) are getting married, definitely check out her company!