These classic containers afford a wealth of design opportunities.
Designs by Talmage
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.
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
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'
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