Christmas collared….holiday centerpiece

Does anything shout Christmas elegance more than red anemones?  In the Berkshires, we are lucky to have a famous grower, Battenfeld, located west of us close to the Hudson River in Red Hook, NY.  Along with acres of greenhouses and a Christmas tree farm, from September to May there is a cooler full of anemones and ranunculus, plus an occasional bouquet of tiny violets…all irresistible.  One walks in, chooses, wraps them in green tissue and pays in the honesty box.

Working with pretty artist’s papers, prosaic poster board and double stick tape, we are going to make an attractive container perfect for showing off all kinds of flowers in all seasons.

Above without any flowers it is a circle collar of stiff papers with glass test tubes held on by colorful elastic bands.  You may find wonderful colors at Office Depot or online.

These how-to instructions were created for a workshop here in Sheffield.  The circle may be made in any diameter to suit your table.

The stems of the anemones are so thick that one almost fills the tube.  You can buy just a few tubes online at  Many other sites require a large order.

By adding baby’s breath (gypsophilia), it looks like anemones in the snow!  The Modge Podge glue/finishing waterproofs the paper.

In Spring, blue bachelor buttons (Centaurea) and Queen Anne’s Lace (ammi majus) create an airy design.

Mixed spring flowers celebrate the season.  This is very effective on a mirror.  The tubes can be washed and used again and again.



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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2 Responses to Christmas collared….holiday centerpiece

  1. Robin Hardman says:

    Charming!!! Sure wish there was a Battenfeld Grower in NE Ohio!!!
    Merry Christmas !!!

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