Charleston works it…part two.

Charleston gardenWe’re continuing the report on the wonderful workshop in Charleston SC, organized by JulieJulieJulie, and led by Belgian designer Gudrun Cottenier.

Vandas and fernsThe most demanding and time-consuming design used an intricate structure of garden caning rods in either natural or painted green.

Bamboo structure how-to This structure was created in a container with Oasis to hold the frame tightly as it was being constructed.  Bindwire links the pieces.  The structure may be used vertical or horizontal.

natural bambooI kept changing my mind whether I liked the natural or the green better.

Crepe paper bouquetsThe last designs were the most diminutive.  By the end of the first session, they brightened the dining room and hallways of the hotel.

Crepe paper how-toGudrun brought handsome, strong crepe paper from Germany to create these charming small designs.  Five inch glass vases are wrapped with double-stick tape to hold the paper which is then stretched and flared into a graceful frame for the fruits and flowers.

Rose and crabapple bouquetThere was a wide selection of flowers – hydrangea, sweet William, roses, hypericum berries as well as beautiful crabapples.

Rose, hypericum, hydrangeaWhat a great project to do with grandchildren!  Think of Christmas colors!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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