Make that table arrangement last longer

Published 1:08 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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By Sue Whittaker

Bermuda Run Garden Club

If planning to host a special meal for family or friends during the holidays and are worried about providing a centerpiece for the table, members of Bermuda Run Garden Club have a solution.

At their November meeting, Rodney Spillman of Shallowford Florist led members in learning easy, inexpensive, and fun table arrangements that can be used, with just a little tweaking, from now throughout the holiday season.

All that’s needed is a block of “wet” oasis from a craft store; a container in which the oasis will fit; a 12”-14” taper candle; a short sturdy stick; some flexible floral wire; some cuttings of local plants like holly and nandina; and a few decorations of your choice, such as pine cones, small apples, ornamental grasses, and real or artificial colored leaves. Choose sprigs of hollies that have bright red berries, colorful nandina branches, and other shrubs that have interesting foliage. Be sure to swirl the leaves in water before using them to remove dust and insects.       

Follow these simple steps to create your table arrangement like the ones made by club members at their November meeting:

• The night before you plan to assemble the arrangement, put the block of “wet” oasis in a clean bucket of water and soak it overnight.

• The next morning, secure the wet oasis in the container, and insert the base of the candle into the middle.

• Push the stems of the holly all around the sides of the oasis, encircling it, to form the base. Fill in the top and sides with nandina. If you wish, add other leafy foliage.

• Pierce the apple with a short, sturdy stick, and secure it into the oasis.

• Wrap the bottom of a pinecone with a piece of flexible green floral wire and add it to the arrangement. Feathers and sturdy ornamental grasses can be incorporated to provide texture and color.

• Finish the arrangement by adding a few blossoms of seasonal flowers, such as mums, from the grocery store. When the flowers begin to look wilted, they can easily be rreplaced.

• Add water to the container as needed to keep the oasis wet, and enjoy your creation throughout the season.

Members hope you have as much fun creating your table arrangement as they did. Happy Thanksgiving.