I recently had the pleasure of presenting to the Milton Garden Club. The evening began with an amazing pot luck dinner prepared by the attendees. These gardeners really know how to throw a party; there were more desserts than on a cruise ship buffet line.

After introducing myself and talking about my background as a 3rd generation florist, I discussed the different types of flowers that were going to be used in the arrangements. Included were beautiful orange snapdragons, purple carnations and wildly popular green trick dianthus. Everyone wanted to touch the green trick as it has a soft texture and a vibrant color.

The first design was an arrangement made in a glass vase. Using some lush foliage, I illustrated how flowers can be arranged without the use of artificial mechanics. Assorted flowers were laced through the stems of foliage to build a foundation. This technique supports additional blooms to complete the arrangement.

Next, I created an arrangement with a more modern line design and some great basing techniques such as pavé, pillowing and terracing. These techniques illustrate how a completely different look can be achieved by applying some basic elements and principles of design.

The presentation ended with a hand tied bouquet that demonstrated yet more design techniques with a European flair. The collaring technique was used to frame the bouquet with folded aspidistra leaves, brown craft tissue paper and woven mesh fiber with gold mylar wrapping. Purple organza ribbon was used to tie the bouquet giving it the perfect finishing touch.