Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Symbol of the Harvest

The cornucopia, also called a horn of plenty, was traditionally made of a goat's horn overflowing with fruits, flowers and grains of the harvest. It symbolizes abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

At what time the cornucopia made its way into our country's consciousness as a Thanksgiving holiday symbol is difficult to say. But with its meaning of abundance and good fortune, the horn of plenty is now a symbol of Americans’ thoughts of thankfulness.

Cornucopias have become customary fall centerpieces and usually feature a horn-like basket or vessel. Filled with autumn leaves and foliage, flowers, pods and cones, and even fresh fruits, they make a lovely holiday display. Whether referred to as a cornucopia or horn of plenty… the meaning of this ancient symbol still resonates today.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The California State Floral Association presents... CaliFlora 2017 California Styling

Last weekend at the International Floral Trade Center in Carlsbad, CA, we joined our friends from the California State Floral Association for CaliFlora 2017 – California Styling. The two-day program included the California Certified Florist Exam, Hands-on Design Workshops, Student Design Competitions, the 44th Annual Top Ten Design Competition, and the feature show: “European Floral D├ęcor for the Season” presented by Rene’ van Rems, AIFD.

We felt immediately at home thanks to Rene’s and the CSFA Executive Vice President, Ann Quinn’s, incredible hospitality, as well as the warm welcome we received from several of the guests who were in attendance on Sunday.

Rene’, a local resident and internationally renowned designer, author, presenter, and instructor, put on the CSFA’s feature show with his usual flair and wit. He shared information about new varieties of unique California flowers, unusual foliage, dried materials and botanicals. He also showcased the latest in trans-seasonal wreaths, centerpiece designs and fast and easy upgraded hand-tied bouquets. Rene’ explained how to use fall and holiday materials in a blended look for a customized and unique style, while he merchandized all the designs in a decorative setting to emphasize how lifestyles translate into sales. Scroll down for just a few of our favorite moments and designs from the day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Resendiz Brothers’ Wreath Workshop

Our kind of welcome… Protea Wreaths! Clear skies and warm autumn temperatures greeted guests as they enjoyed a wreath making workshop, along with a tour of the nursery, a peak in the packing house and some tasty treats. Our favorite flower farmer, Mel and Cenovia demonstrated the art of wreath making, while participants joyfully contemplated what flowers and foliage they would select for their special wreath.

By the time the workshop wrapped up we viewed 27 beautiful and unique fall wreaths. Guests departed with a wreath in one arm and protea bouquets and plants in the other.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Create a Festive Fall Arrangement

Thanksgiving marks the last big holiday in the fall season. Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite holidays because it combines so many of my favorite things – getting together with friends and family to share a savory meal and a daylong celebration centered on the bounty we receive from the earth. To get in the holiday mood, I like to fill my house with lots of beautiful materials from nature. I usually begin by creating a festive fall arrangement, a profusion of flowers in a pumpkin.

To create your own display, cut a circle from the top of the pumpkin, scoop out the interior, and insert a plastic liner with saturated floral foam. Using care to cover the raw edge of the opening, arrange stems for a lively tribute to fall.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Market & Plant Sale

Fall is a very popular time of the year for outdoor markets and fairs of all kinds. And when garden opportunities arise we always try to participate in the local favorites. Autumn also happens to be the best time to plant perennials, shrubs, bulbs and even wildflower seeds. Did you know that plants established in the fall and winter grow faster in the spring and require less water when summer comes?

This month we ventured out to the UCR Botanic Gardens nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the University of California, Riverside Campus for their 35th annual fall market and plant sale. This spectacular event features an exciting collection of plants with many varieties including drought tolerant California Native plants as well as plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies and plants that are suitable for vegetable or flowers gardens.

It’s also a fabulous time of year to visit the UCR Botanic Gardens - not only to enjoy this living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, but to wander through the four miles of scenic trails or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty.