Chestnut teaches both amateurs and professionals about floral design.
He recently demonstrated the creation of a cornucopia for the upcoming
Thanksgiving holiday and has given us permission to show you how he
did it. Don is a designer with
Carithers Florists of Distinction
in Atlanta, GA, where their Dutch flower market offers fresh
materials for your design.
it spark some holiday creativity at your house! Click on the thumbnail photos to see larger images.
1.) Don started by placing a tray on
the lip of the vine cornucopia and filling it with soaked floral
foam for fresh flowers.
2.) He then created a cage effect by
carefully placing fresh, supple, curly willow branches, and tying
one down to the end of the cornucopia with
3.) Seeded eucalyptus provided a
foliage floor for the design.
4.) Bittersweet and pyracantha
berries added color to the arrangement.
5.) Permanent fruit was secured with
two cocktail skewers each to positively position the additions.
6.) Yarrow, daisy chrysanthemums,
colorful small peppers on their own stems, and dark millet were
7.) A touch of purple loosestrife
added a surprising color contrast.
Don suggests having all material come from a
central focal point and flow outward. Group types of flowers to give
them impact rather than spreading them around. Maintain balance by
cornucopia and try your hand at creating a holiday masterpiece.