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Half of a floral-foam wreath form provides a firm foundation for a tender tribute.

Design by Tina Stoecker, AIFD, PFCI

Floral wreaths displayed on easels are standard fare at funerals and memorial services, but this design, created in half of a floral-foam wreath, provides a tabletop twist. The flowers “hug” a photo of the dearly departed that is nestled in the center of the semicircular design—although this versatile composition would be appropriate as a backdrop for a funerary urn as well.

The flowers—a glorious garden mix primarily in hues of pink, yellow and purple—are arranged into the foam with mostly parallel placements, contributing a subtle vegetative feeling as if they are still growing. The combination of line, mass and accent flowers, from the dominant snapdragons to the delicate Asters, makes this a beautiful living tribute that will capture the attention of mourners and comfort them.

MATERIALS: ‘Sweet Candida’ roses, ‘Golden Mimi’ spray roses, Asters and Trachelium from Royal Flowers International; larkspurs, snapdragons, carnations, Camellia foliage, tree fern and bracelet honey myrtle (Melaleuca) from favorite suppliers; 18-inch Oasis® Mâché Wreath from Smithers-Oasis.
Cut the inner and outer edges
of a mâché-backed floral-foam
wreath at two of the
segmentations opposite each
Bend the wreath at the
snipped points to break it
in half.
Arrange the flower stems into the foam in a vegetative style.

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