Flowers for Friends

 Welcoming flowers

Is there anything more welcoming than lovely garden flowers in the beautiful home of a dear friend?  It doesn’t get better than that!  It was my great pleasure this week to go to one of my most favorite summer towns – Cooperstown NY – to lead a workshop for 12 floral designers from the Lake and Valley Garden Club.

Cooperstown NY View

flowerflinging visited Cooperstown last August (Summer Perfection, Aug 23, 2015, Archives).  It is the quintessential town that eschews big box or chain stores and has a real downtown, surrounded by blocks of lovely homes with fern filled side porches lined with chairs to watch the world go by.

Lakeside Garden

We also visited the lake-side garden of my gracious hostess.  What a treat it was to catch up over the two days of the workshop as well as a program for their membership!

Dining Room Flowers

Luscious flowers from her abundant garden were everywhere, including the dining room, zebra grass with such handsome lilies!





Hall flowers

 Sitting Room flowers

Don’t you love old houses that have been added on to and remodeled?  They have lots of charming extra places – just perfect for more flowers.

 heart felt stain

The flowers in the handsome guest room once contained some burgundy day lilies.  However, as they gave up the ghost for the day, they left a Jim Dine like stain on the pristine bureau scarf!

Guest room flowers

Guestroom flowers close up

Of course, being the impeccable hostess that she is – those Southern roots will out — nothing marred the surface when I arrived!

FA 101 flowers

This arrangement, done in the class by my hostess (and super organizer), arrived back home in a big orange Home Depot bucket for safety!

 Arrangements by friends

Finally after I headed back to the Berkshires, I received this photo of a design I did for the club program.  Thanks SK (and LVGC) for everything I had a ball!!!!


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 Flowers for Friends

  1. Sarah Ribeiro says:

    Simply lovely !

  2. Alexandra says:


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