White House floral designer to speak in Shreveport

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White House floral designer to speak in Shreveport

Take a moment to look inside the Norton garden, (Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times) Buy Photo Floral designer John Grady Burns has created floral arrangements for the White House, Blair House, embassies and the swankiest of events in Atlanta. But after living in Atlanta for 30 years, he returned to his home town of Natchez, Mississippi, where there is little traffic and life is slow and easy, he said in a telephone call from his shop, Nest, whose tag line is “Come Feather Your Nest at Our shop.” And, he wrote four books, including, “Collections: Sharing the Passion,” which has to do with using collections – from humble to pricey – for a special event and “Home: Celebrating Autumn and Winter.” He will be here March 6 for the Shreveport Garden Study Club’s biennial Floral Design Symposium at East Ridge Country Club. His talk is “Bouquets” and will include a demonstration of eight to 10 arrangements, including how to use “collections.” Buy Photo “I will show them how to take a blue and white collection, which might be vases, a cachepot and other things, and incorporate them with blooming plants,” Burns explained. A homeowner could take the items and put them together for a showy arrangement on a buffet, an entry or a dining room. “When the party is over, take the vessels, separate them and put them in different places in the house.” The “collection” can be anything that holds water and could be pieces you got from a garage sale, an estate sale, a dollar store. Those collections could be pottery, baskets, used with pots holding water, miniature shoes, religious artifacts. Really, anything you collect. Buy Photo “It makes a heck of a display,” Burns added. When he returned to Natchez, he decided to concentrate on selling on a a daily basis ordinary blooming houseplants, like hydrangeas, rather than fresh flowers.(He still uses fresh flowers for weddings, parties and events.) He said that back then using plants rather than fresh flowers was considered “edgy.” His credentials are glittery for Burns, and he has also planned florals for the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Ballet, Junior League, and Swan Balls and Wynonna Judd at the Cecill Scaife Visionary Awards held at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Burns is on the National Speakers list for Garden Clubs of American and an honorary member of the GCA Chapter Garden Lovers of Natchez. He has taught at Kennesaw State University and Halls Atlanta Floral Design School. Buy Photo He attributes his success to the Garden Club Ladies of Natchez. “Not only do they appreciate and preserve beauty, but they promote it,” Burns said. If you go: What: “Bouquets” by Floral Designer John Grady Burns. Presented by: Shreveport Garden Study Club. When: 10:30 a.m. March 6 at East Ridge Country Club. Special Notes: There will be a light luncheon following the talk. Cash bar. On sale and being autographed will be Burns’ just released books: “Home: Celebrating Autumn and Winter” and “Collections: Sharing the Passion.” Admission: $50. […]