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URNlimited possibilities

These classic containers afford a wealth of design opportunities.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

    According to its theme, the sky was the limit at the 2009 American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) National Symposium, which was held in July in Kansas City, Mo. Florists’ Review publisher Talmage McLaurin, AIFD, took this theme to heart when he presented his program, “Ode to an Urn,” demonstrating the seemingly limitless possibilities of this ancient vessel form.

    Here are several of his favorite floral creations from that event, which was underwritten by Florists’ Review and featured fresh flowers supplied by Transflora.


tubular sensation
    An urn, by definition, is a vase with a base, so this fabulous antique pewter tureen, placed upon a matching tray, is fair game for creative designers. Additional tiers are created with a tomato cage, the long ends of which are snipped short with wire cutters. The cage is wrapped with pliable permanent vine and its narrow end nestled into the foam-filled tureen. The vine-covered structure is secured to the pewter vessel with additional vine, which enwraps the tureen’s base. Glass, or the more affordable plastic, water tubes—attached to the cage’s circular rings with permanent vine—keep the blooms hydrated for long-term display.


MATERIALS:
Dahlias, Ranunculi, Gloriosas, drumstick Alliums and Gaillardia from Transflora; permanent twig garland from Sullivans; antique pewter soup tureen and tray from private collection; Oasis® Floral Foam from Oasis® Floral Products; crystal Aquatubes from Syndicate Sales; tomato cage from favorite supplier.

... To view 11 more designs from this article, look to the October 2009 issue of Florists' Review.

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