LEMONESQUE inspired by Melissa
by Walter Fedyshyn
Melissa’s collections of plants, garden and travel photos and write ups guided me to her passion for nature and organic materials. Grey and yellow are clearly her favorite colors. Her love of summer and casual living shines through in my arrangement with the use of sunflowers as a focal point. But let’s not forget the living lemon balm plant, Melissa’s namesake botanical. I believe this arrangement represents some of Melissa’s favorite things, translated thru florals.
Flowers and materials featured: Birch bark covered cubes, birch branches, moss, craspedia, sunflowers, succulents, dusty miller, crocosmia, fern curls, brunia, yarrow, fresh lemons on the stem, lemon balm plant
Walter is the creative design manager for Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts in Chicago. He has designed for two Presidential inaugurations and the Academy Awards, and has been featured in numerous industry design books and national trade publications. Walter has been a guest speaker for garden clubs, students and other florists throughout the United States and most recently spent several months as an educator in Vietnam for a floral retailer. He is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and Professional Floral Communicators – International.
THE FLORIST’S INSPIRATION
About the Blogger: Melissa
Melissa Baswell Williams is a Chicago-based sustainable fashion designer, art print/card designer, and the blogger behind Bubby and Bean: Living Creatively. She started the blog in 2010 to focus on “all the wonderful things,” such as design, fashion, home decor, DIY projects, travel, music, photography, green living, fun food and drink, and other musings about life, love, and learning. Melissa is the head designer for eco-fashion label Mountains of the Moon, and she loves love animals (with an especially weak spot for dogs), traveling, summertime, margaritas, the colors grey and yellow, minimalist design, vintage and sustainable fashion, live music, avocados, Audrey Hepburn, estate sales, and all things lemon.