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modern farewells

Eight contemporary sympathy tributes featuring universally beloved chrysanthemums.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

tropical tributes

    This casket spray proves that eye-catching impact is achievable using only two types of botanicals. Spider chrysanthemums are arranged in a clean, contemporary way, creating a linear swag that intersects variegated Aspidistra leaves. Several of the leaves are looped to create more volume and a natural foliar alternative to a traditional ribbon bow.

    The Aspidistra leaves impart a tropical feel both in the casket spray and the urn that holds the foliage in the coordinating arrangement; however, the focus of the arrangement lies at the base of the urn, where three types of chrysanthemums as well as vibrant green hybrid Dianthuses are arranged in vertical rows for impact.

MATERIALS: cushion spray chrysanthemums, daisy spray chrysanthemums and button spray chrysanthemums from Golden Flowers; ‘Green Trick’ Dianthuses and variegated Aspidistra leaves from favorite suppliers; Designer Urn from Syndicate Sales; Double or Triple Foam Brick Saddle from Vacuum Orna-Metal; Oasis® Waterproof Tape from Oasis® Floral Products.

urn base how to:
Secure four blocks of floral foam into a casket saddle with waterproof tape, creating a cube shape on which to elevate the urn.

... To view 7 more designs from this article, look to the August 2009 issue of Florists' Review.

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