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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Notes from a Flower Farm: Holiday Centerpiece Guide | Garden Design

Notes from a Flower Farm: Holiday Centerpiece Guide

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December 13, 2011
06:02pm

Growing up in Seattle, my family’s Scandinavian Christmas Eve produced a table loaded with salmon, lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, glögg, and fruit soup. The cookie table was piled high with spritz, krumkake, and fattigman. Sugar and spice, just as some relatives are naughty and some are nice—that’s what I think winter holiday gatherings are made of.

[Click here for Saveur's list of Scandinavian recipes.]

But however the party may ultimately unfold, for me, hosting winter parties means an excuse to buy and forage for lots of greens and flowers. For the various dinners I’m having this season, I’ve come up with five different centerpieces. We've linked to each of the individual slide shows here, with step-by-step instructions for creating a similar centerpiece at your home.

Click on the photo for the how-to for each project.

bay leaf persimmon centerpiece

1. Bay leaves, persimmons, and camellias are combined for a fragrant winter centerpiece.

marigold centerpiece

2. An unexpected hanging decoration of marigolds elevates the centerpiece to sculpture.

moss wreath succulents

3. A hip take on the holiday wreath mixes moss and succulents.

hydrangeas and roses

4. A classic lush arrangement of hydrangeas and roses.

carnation holiday centerpiece

5. A traditional mix of carnations and juniper berries arranged in low jars.

Notes from a Flower Farm: Holiday Centerpiece Guide | Garden Design.
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