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Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Sandy Schroeck, AIFD, PFCIWhen we think of Thanksgiving, we tend to picture traditional fall colors of oranges, yellows and browns. And when we think of Christmas, we see red and green.

But with a little creativity, it is possible to celebrate both seasons with the same centerpiece. Here are two examples.

This trendy Thanksgiving cornucopia features statement flowers and plants. The tillandsia xerographica can become a keepsake later in home decor. Protea and leucadendron add a unique twist on traditional fall flowers. Roses and cushion mums combine with textural foliage, perfect for celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.  Read More

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iStock-482724248_Kostick Now that the Halloween pumpkins are put away and the mounds of candy are all but gone our thoughts turn to the last of the fall holidays — Thanksgiving. This almost forgotten holiday seems hidden beneath the throes of Christmas decorations, images of Santa and his reindeer and the non-stop sounds of “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas” that blare through our car radios.

What’s wrong with taking a pause to give this season its rightful place in the holiday lineup? Why not slow our pace and take time to smell the turkey?

No doubt Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the much larger celebrated Christmas, but without it, we’d miss the awkward yet memorable time spent with our families, football games, parades, Black Friday and pre-Black Friday sales and the food!

For those of us who host the Thanksgiving festivities, we are left to plan the menus, clean the house, prepare the fixings and decorate the house for this all too short season. That my friends is where your professional local florist comes in.

iStock-485780400_KostickSince first impressions are important, you’ll want to make sure your front door welcomes your guests with a display of autumn favorites such as mum plants, gourds and pumpkins, branches, vines and berries.

Because this season is pretty short, all these items can be found in fresh varieties that will brighten up your stoop until the first frost.

If you’d rather have something to display year after year, faux items that look as good if not better than the real thing can be found at your local florist as well.

Not sure where to start? Just ask anyone at the flower shop for ideas and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.  Read More

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Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

A fun way to preserve the colors and textures of summer and bring them indoors is with dried flowers. You can dry and preserve your own garden beauties or go to a local florist and choose your favorite blooms in a variety of colors. An easy crafting idea is to highlight the flowers in frames and use as wall décor, adding interest, texture, and color to spots in your home.

Drying flowers is easier than you may think. Here are four popular ways to dry flowers.  Read More

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Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/My 4-year-old grandson and I were walking through an inside public area that had many planters. He walked up to one plant with brown leaves, visibly in need of water. “This hurts my feelings,” he said. Seeing the plant in bad shape made him sad.

Research proves flowers and plants make us happy and benefit our emotional health. However, I had never considered the opposite emotional response to seeing flowers and plants in poor condition.

Just like my grandson’s reaction, it hurts my feelings to see plants turn brown from neglect. It hurts my feelings to see a floral design in a vase of dirty water with fuzzy stems or dead flowers.

The beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers make them special gifts. For maximum enjoyment, take care of them. When the water turns cloudy, empty the vase and refill with fresh water mixed with floral food. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water. When flowers start to fade, clip them.  Read More

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Summer is here, and a new season usually means general interior refreshing. For a quick and easy transformation, look to the beauty provided by Mother Nature. A plant, or two (or three) can transform a space and breathe new life to tired décor. Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year, can be taken two ways; it’s a fabulous hue and it is also a term used for foliage plants. Coming in so many varieties, there is a plant perfect for every room of the house and every level of plant expertise.

For the plant novice, you want to be promised success. Look for a plant with flexible water and light needs. Most everyone can keep the trending succulent plants alive. You can set these on a table and forget about them. Occasionally add a bit of water. Mostly, you may have to add a light dusting to your housekeeping agenda to keep them pretty.

Succulent - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

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