how to

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
 
HOW TO 1:
Tie one bunch of Setaria
with raffia, and insert the
bundle into dry floral foam.
 
HOW TO 2:
Glue a bird’s nest to a wood
pick, and insert the pick into
the middle of the Setaria
bundle.
HOW TO 3:
Cover the foam with leaves,
mosses and lichens to create
the effect of a forest floor.

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