May 2015 Class Pictures

Plant Kalanchoe in Clay Pots
Plant Kalanchoe in Clay Pots

Use dry base foam in the container, with Spanish moss covering it, to anchor the plants.

Easy Centerpiece
Easy Centerpiece

To make an easy centerpiece, use a pre-made Geranium pick with foliage as the base for the design. Add a small Kalanchoe plant to fill in.

Net Ribbon and Mason Jars
Net Ribbon and Mason Jars

Tie a piece of net ribbon around a mason jar and fill with fresh or artificial fruit for a simple centerpiece. Make a simple hurricane using sand for ballast and to stabilize a candle.

Easy Candle Holders
Easy Candle Holders

Make a candle holder by cutting the plastic prongs off a plastic taper holder and gluing it to a clay pot or saucer. Disguise the holder with ribbon and flowers.

Easy to Arrange Bottles
Easy to Arrange Bottles

A bottle is one of the easiest containers to design in because of its narrow neck.

Easy Tall Vertical Arrangements
Easy Tall Vertical Arrangements

Tall vertical arrangements are easy to make in a bottle, because of the small opening and narrow shape. One-sided designs work well against a wall and conserve on materials

River Cane and Bamboo Accents
River Cane and Bamboo Accents

Use bamboo or river cane to support the flower stem and keep it from moving in the arrangement. Tie the stem to the cane with a piece of raffia.

Copy Nature's Form
Copy Nature's Form

Study the living orchid plants to determine how to shape artificial ones to make them appear as natural as possible.

14.  Group Succulents
14. Group Succulents

Group succulent of the same kind together to give them more visual interest and keep the design from becoming too polka dotted.

Succulents
Succulents

Completely fill a low container with dry base foam to form a base from which the succulents will 'grow'. Glue wood picks in holes that have been drilled to attach the wood to the foam.

12.  Add Details to Customize
12. Add Details to Customize

Add a couple stems of flowers to a pre-made arrangement to make it a one of a kind design.

Birdcage Transformation
Birdcage Transformation

Use a birdcage as a gazebo and create a garden style design to make a home for a pair of gnomes.

Topiary
Topiary

Twist three or more stems together to make a topiary tree.

9.  Topairy
9. Topairy

Any branches that have a branchless stem can be twisted together to make a topiary tree. Perfect for planting a fairy garden under.

Blooming Branch Topiary
Blooming Branch Topiary

Blooming branches twisted together make a topiary tree which is a cute canopy for miniature garden pieces.

Proportions Are Important
Proportions Are Important

To find plant materials in proportion to the size garden you are creating look at larger stems that have small leaves, berries and parts that can be removed to make smaller plants.

Hidding Places Provide Surprises
Hidding Places Provide Surprises

The opposite side of the dish garden provides a hiding place for a pair of bunnies.

Driftwood and Rocks Provide Texture
Driftwood and Rocks Provide Texture

Use driftwood and rocks to add texture and interest to a mixed planting. A tortoise adds another touch of Mother Nature.

Domed Treasure
Domed Treasure

Cut a thin piece of dry foam to fit just inside the diameter of the glass and glue to the base. Glue the wishing well in place and cover the remaining foam with preserved sphagnum moss.

Cloche Designing Tip
Cloche Designing Tip

When designing in a cloche, put the glass over the design frequently to make sure it will fit properly.

Cloche Designing Tip
Cloche Designing Tip

Most cloches will be seen from all sides so start your design with the tallest pieces in the center of the base.

Cloche Designing Tip
Cloche Designing Tip

Glue a small, thin, slightly dome-shaped piece of foam in the center of the base to hold the flowers and stems. Cover it with preserved sphagnum moss.