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The inspiration for this design was the desire to take a no-longer-wanted object and transform it into something both fun and functional for the garden. Why throw something away when you can reuse it in the garden? Now what once was a rusted old chair without a seat is a whimsical planter whose foliage can change with the seasons.
I’m always searching for ‘rusty gold.’ I like incorporating salvaged items or architectural elements into my spaces. These once-forgotten relics can transform a garden and make it feel more personal.” –CHARLIE THIGPEN
As seen in May/June issue of Flower Magazine.
Our BBrooks member florist in Montana may have just coined a great phrase!
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom, can keep us from setting up a wedding” ~ Labellum, MT
At her chateau in the bucolic French countryside, artist Claire Basler paints sumptuous, extravagant work from arrangements she creates out of the gardens just beyond her window.
The artist’s arrangements from her gardens inspire her paintings, which are not realistic re-creations. Rather, she captures the flutter of a petal, the arch of a stem, and the colors of the sky.
As seen in July/August Flower Magazine.
BBrooks member florist Floral Art, CA spices up summer with sumptuous corals, pinks, oranges and greens. Designed featured in Asian silk fabric vases.
Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume in Los Angeles makes a lush arrangement that takes his favorite color to new heights.
“Layering taller elements on opposite sides of a design gives it movement and makes your eye undulate throughout. Everything should feel balanced and organic. I like my flowers to look very natural, as though they’re doing exactly what they want.” – Maurice Harris
As seen in July/August issue of Flower Magazine.
Some people, on Sunday afternoons, might visit a park, or a café, to read a book or spend time with a friend. But just north of Berkeley, in Albany, CA, people come to Flowerland. It isn’t just a nursery, it’s also a place to sit, have coffee and a cookie, and say hello to the neighborhood dog.
Instead of neatly arranged rows of trees and shrubs, the nursery has nooks and crannies, which makes for good wandering, and good daydreaming, coffee in hand. “It’s rustic. Nothing is ever perfect, or done,” says owner Carly Dennet.
“Things happen organically here,” says Dennet. “We try to have around inspiring materials, so that the staff feel like taking part, and being creative. And a lot of interesting things happen that way.”
To read more see Gardenista.
Photographs by Liesa Johannssen.