Thursday, March 11, 2010

Garden Club Ladies Go Green and Buy Local!

IMG_0441 What a beautiful day!  I was definitely nervous at the prospect of speaking AND arranging (at the same time) for 200 garden enthusiasts. I can proudly say though-that Marina and I rocked! Don’t get me wrong-some things just didn’t come together-like ME -talking and arranging at the same time. It just didn’t work.  But, Marina stepped in seamlessly and made some fabulous spring arrangements-including the one below. This was one of my favorite arrangements EVER! While Marina arranged, I told everyone about the joys, challenges and quirks of arranging with locally grown flowers. I think they loved it!

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The District 3 Ladies were pretty fabulous themselves. Their  Annual Meeting was an opportunity for representatives from 25 Baltimore County and Harford County garden clubs to get together for lunch, awards and a keynote speaker.  This year’s theme is “Going Green. Living Lightly on the Land” In that spirit, each garden club brought one table arrangement that they were supposed to make out of recycled materials and was supposed to cost under $20.  These arrangements were awesome!

One of my favorites, which I think some of our clients will love, were the melted records as vases!

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I am definitely stealing that idea. I also saw beautiful arrangements in old ice cream containers, in an ice skate, in a broken bowl, in a vacuum tube (yes, a vacuum tube) and in all sorts of cans, jars and bottles.

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There are loads of reason why I love this “job”. Days like today are high on the list! I’m proud and grateful.


  1. I think my favorite of the garden club table arrangements was the classic tin can collection, although the moss and robins eggs was pretty cool too!
    Those ladies were very creative!

  2. Your talk and demo arrangements were certainly the hit of my day! Thanks for following your green dreams and recycling those rubber bands! and for composting at the end of the day. Me, I'm reading every Thompson & Morgan entry for green and blue flowers!!! Maybe some will grow for me this summer.

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed the presentation. Marina and I really had a great time. Keep in touch! We are still getting requests for blue and green flowers!