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topiary nest

A collection of unusual ingredients expands
the boundaries of a traditional design style.

Created in a traditional manner and shape, this inventive topiary is chock-full of uncommon components, making it perfect for customers who are looking for something out of the ordinary, thought provoking or creative to spice up a home or business interior.
One bunch of foxtail millet (Setaria) is tied with raffia and inserted into dry floral foam, which is covered with preserved Galax leaves and a variety of mosses and lichens. This creates the look of a forest floor, and the weathered clay pot also complements this “natural” look while the addition of a bird’s nest, complete with a pair of wooden eggs, puts a welcome but unexpected twist on the arrangement.

MATERIALS: Setaria from LoveJoy Farms; weathered clay pot from Compradores; wooden eggs from W.J. Cowee, Inc.; raffia, preserved Galax leaves, mosses, lichens and bird’s nest from Knud Nielsen Company.

Design by Perry Walston, AIFD
Tie one bunch of Setaria
with raffia, and insert the
bundle into dry floral foam.
Glue a bird’s nest to a wood
pick, and insert the pick into
the middle of the Setaria
Cover the foam with leaves,
mosses and lichens to create
the effect of a forest floor.

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