Sunday, November 12, 2017
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
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 Décor 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
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.