The Thanksgiving event was all I could have hoped for (and more) and I am so grateful that so many of you could come (we sold out both sessions!). Next time we will have to chat more…that was my only regret from the day; I felt I spent much of the time in awe of it all…and not really connecting with those of you who were there.
Would you like to see the pictures? I have a few here (they are my amateurish cell phone versions)….but there are many more on Kelly Fitzsimmons site — she was our pro photographer at the event she did an amazing job capturing the excitement and creativity! (go here and then navigate to client galleries and then use the word ‘candlewreath’ as the password — then you can peruse all 240+ beautiful images) I will get a smaller curated gallery up on the new Events page (did you notice that up there in the top bar? — more to come there – soon).
So we are doing it again!
This time we will be making wreaths…but not just any old wreaths.
We will be inspired by ancient mandala art to create our own art pieces that can be refreshed annually as you move into the holiday and winter seasons. (more on mandalas coming over the next few days). Using as many local and found materials we will again bring our landscapes indoors and use the seasons offerings to inspire us! (and we will eat yummy food, drink warm drinks and generally toast the season in good garden barn party fashion!)
You can reserve your spot on Eventbrite. This class is a bit more involved (and the price and length of time reflect that) and for this reason we aren’t able to do 2 sessions in one day. We are however holding open Dec 13th (from 1-3) for a second session should their be enough interest. After the first session fills out we will have a wait list — if we have more than 15 on the wait list, we will open the second session (so make sure you put your name down on the list if you are interested!). We can’t wait to see you again!
-Rochelle and Roanne
More scenes from The Thanksgiving sessions…
After the arranging class last Wednesday, I had precisely 36 hours to cleanup, pack-up and hit the road. (Hence my absence here). I’m in North Carolina on the Outer Banks for a wedding that took place yesterday. At the last minute my friend (the bride) called on me to whip up some flowers and I was able to throw these together from the remnants of our class (I love that kind of serendipity!).
These little arrangements (who in the picture are a little less than fresh after a long trip, a long day, and lots of love from little fingers) turned out to be perfect for all the little girls who walked the aisle (there were 7 of them including my daughter). They all loved to smell the sprig of lavender in each one and I like to think it might have helped calmed aisle-walking nerves.
The rest of it…grass seed heads from my Miscanthus Graziella, Wild Rose Hips, Privet Berries, and a little boxwood. - rochelle
Over the past couple of weeks, the garden staff of Coastal Maine Botanical Garden has been getting together to walk around and critique each other’s garden spaces. This has been a great exercise for the gardeners and horticulturalists to look back over the year and see what worked and what needs to be improved. It has been wonderful for me as I am still learning the gardens, the plants, and how each person gardens in their area. We can have some rather lengthy discussions on what should be done next. If you are a gardener, then you know just how passionate and opinionated all of us can be about our gardens and plants. Of all of the thousand or so plants we discussed, one plant, hands down, was a crowd favorite. That plant was Paeonia ‘Bartzella.’ The Bartzella peony drew oohs and aahs from all of our staff.
For our garden, the big (6-8″ wide), yellow flowers come on in June and flower over a 5 week period. Once this plant is established, it will fill out to become a 3′ by 3′ clump. Bartzella is one of the newer group of peonies called Itoh or intersectional hybrids. This means that they are hybrids that result from the cross breeding of a tree peony with an herbaceous peony. The name Itoh is in honor of Mr. Toichi Itoh, the first person to successfully hybridize these plants. The result is a plant that is tough and reliable like an herbaceous peony with the big foliage and flowers of the tree peony.
Itoh peonies do die back to the ground in late fall but re-emerge each spring. To me, that is the best of both worlds because I love the flowers on tree peonies but I don’t like that they look half-dead when not in flower. The herbaceous peony genetics yield a more garden-worthy plant. The Bartzella peony is hardy from zones 4-8 so it should do well for most gardens. You can plant it in most garden conditions, we have ours in a raised bed with sun for most of the day. I am looking for spaces to add more of this peony along with other Itoh peonies in 2013 because they are gorgeous and somewhat easy to grow. - Rodney
images paeonia.ch, Palmiters Garden Nursery
With the Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Class coming up I have been out in the garden gathering materials. Thinking about color palettes-wanting something bright and sunny for the table. Today I decided to cut up the rust toned mums which have totally had it in the container. Yesterday I started hacking some old grapevines out of the forsythia and thought a tangled nest at the bottom of my candle ring would be fun. I weaved some purple calicarpa in and around the base and tucked in some fun deluxe yellow-orange ilex berries. Ilex verticulata ‘Winter gold ‘ is a new addition to the garden this year and though it is still getting used to its new spot and is a bit tiny, I am grateful for any berries it will give me. I am loving the brown, yellow-orange rust palette that is going on here!! - roanne
Do you have a list?
I hate to call it a ‘bucket list’ because I quite frankly hate to use cliches from Jack Nicholson movies – especially when I had my list before the movie. But on THAT list is a goal that I made when I moved here 8 years ago….to start using my barn for good things. Things like classes, a meeting place for groovy goings-on, and generally a clubhouse for creative garden design types.
So this announcement is the first step towards that end. Roanne Robbins and I are holding the first (inaugural!) Pinnacle Barn Event. It is actually two events in one day (so you can pick the one which works best for your schedule).
If you would like to learn from Roanne about how to make Thanksgiving centerpieces from treasures that you find in the garden, the woods and the grocery store….this is the place to come. And we couldn’t let you just leave with a beautiful centerpiece of your own making …no, we will also ply you with groovy music, great creative camaraderie, and some sweet treats. So will you join us on this adventure?
It is November 14th, Session #1 will run from 1pm – 3pm and Session #2 will run from 6pm – 8pm. There is a small charge of $45 to cover expenses and materials….but I sure you will feel like you got your $’s worth (I’ve been wanting to take a class like this myself and I’ve seen costs as high as $300 – and it didn’t take place a pretty rustic barn!!)
We have limited the registration because we don’t want to spread ourselves too thin on our first go….so sign up early and reserve your space.
Here is the link to sign up for session #1 (from 1pm to 3pm)
and Here is the link to sign up for session #2 (from 6pm – 8pm)
Since this is our first time — I would really, really appreciate it if you could help spread the word. I know that many of you are not local enough to join us…but perhaps you have friends who are….we would love to meet and welcome as many readers, aspiring floral designers, garden lovers, and new friends as possible! Thank you – Rochelle
p.s. – you can sign up over there on the right hand column too….——->
Oh, the end of the annual cutting garden is here. Drips and drabs are hanging on- a few zinnias and stock, the last of the snapdragons and some butterfly weed whose foliage has been altered plum from the whisper of a frost last night. I gather enough to make a small bouquet, stop by the mixed border on the way to the house and snip a few stems of cotinus and physocarpus. Looking in my bucket I realize I have a mess of textures, not enough of one color or element to tell any particular story. Looking around the house I thieve the 5 fiery mango calla lilies from their vase, a minimal display and my total impulse buy from Trader Joes on Monday. With the addition of the callas the color palette is tied together and the cutting garden misfits go out for a last hurrah. - Roanne
image by roanne robbins for studio ‘g’