We are so excited to host you in our upcoming Thanksgiving Centerpiece class! Below is a list to take to your local farmers market, grocery store, flower market or urban garden before class, as well as the equipment you’ll need (in case you want to double-check your garage or potting shed). We’ll send the detailed floral recipe packet and a Zoom link a few days before class.
Depending on what is in season near you, choose a mix of the following botanical ingredients. Aim to have something from each category, if possible. Choose colors that compliment each other or are visually pleasing to you in combination with your vessel.
Foliage: 6 stems, 8-12 inches long
Seasonal examples include: ninebark, vining maple, laurel, boxwood, salal, or any other hardy green that is readily available.
Secondary foliage: 5-7 stems, 8-10 inches long
Seasonal examples include: amaranth, smokebush, dusty miller, Japanese maple, rosemary, scented geranium, hydrangea, or any other foliage that looks interesting with the primary foliage that you chose.
Focal flowers: 8-10 stems, 8-10 inches long
Seasonal examples include: dahlias, mums, zinnia, rudbeckia (aka black-eyed Susan), marigolds
Secondary flowers: 5-7 stems, 8-10 inches long
Seasonal examples include: Japanese anemone, coreopsis, calendula, gomphrena, strawflower
Textural elements: a mix of 8-10 stems, 6-10 inches long
Seasonal examples include: ornamental grasses, seed pods, pokeweed, hops, rosehips, dried foliage or flowers
– A low, wide vessel of your choosing at least 4 inches deep
– A pair of sharp scissors, pruners or floral snips
– Roughly 1×1 square foot of chicken wire
– 1/4 inch waterproof floral tape
– Wirecutters (optional, but helpful)
Sourcing Resources (in the Seattle area):
Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative
Public hours: Open to the public on Tuesday and Friday, 10am – noon by appointment only with COVID-19 restrictions. More information here.
Town and Country Markets, Metropolitan Market, Central Co-op
Great local flower offerings, often sold by the stem.
Beacon Hill Food Forest
Wonderful place to forage (respectful harvesting, please!), especially for interesting textural bits and seed pods.
A neighborhood walk
Highly encouraged! Explore the alleyways, parking strips, abandoned lots of your neighborhood, especially for elements of interest or texture to add to your arrangement. Never pick without permission on private property, or from parks, or protected areas. Always pluck with care!