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Set a Foliage Table- with Living Greens!

By |May 30th, 2019|

I love to set a table- and adding Foliage- can make it fabulous. FernTrust has over 126 different kinds of foliage… many of which look great in a table setting… Here’s how easy it is…

Use Monstera Leaves as chargers under plates. I set a single Monstera leave under the salad plate on these Gold

Episode 9- All Foliage: Living Green

By |May 29th, 2019|

Host J Schwanke goes on location to two Florida foliage growers to show you this beautiful staple of the plant world, along with several inspired ways to use these long-lasting plants.

*Bonus Content- Click on the Blue Links!

I absolutely LOVE Foliage… my favorite color is Green- so that goes hand in hand… but I’m truly

Fast Green Mechanics

By |May 18th, 2019|

The struggle is real…getting a vase greened and ready for adding flowers, choosing several types of foliage, digging through boxes, dodging staples, burying foliage on your design table…we’ve all been there.

What if it were possible to have the work done for you? A Simple Bouquet of Assorted Foliage that you cut and drop into

Autumn Green Pumpkin Centerpiece

By |September 9th, 2018|

Fall is upon us and what better way to celebrate the season than with a Cinderella Pumpkin decked out in Lush Green Botanicals.
The mechanics are easy for this centerpiece…using flower foam atop the pumpkin and using a cornucopia of green textured botanicals. Artichokes, Millet, Scabiosa Pods, Australian Sea Star (“Skeleton” umbrella foliage) and Green

White and Green Bouquet

By |June 4th, 2017|

I often get asked about what inspires me to create an arrangement. To tell you the truth, it’s always all about the flowers.
Flowers inspire me! I’m also driven by color…Looking at a variety of flowers always inspires me to create something. First and foremost, it needs to be pretty!

Certain color combinations always inspire…and when

Happy Birthday Carnation Joe Green!

By |November 29th, 2016|

One of my Favorite Photos of Carnation Joe and his Lily!

In 1900… Thanksgiving Day fell on November 29! On that day in history… my great grandmother gave birth to her second son… Joseph Nathaniel Green…

He was born in the house I grew up in… in the back bedroom… (Today that room is the kitchen)…

Today

Alligators in the Greenhouse- TRUE Story!

By |November 1st, 2016|

It was amazing growing up in a 4th Generation Family Flower Business…. not only did we have a flower shop but we acres of greenhouses… and they were pretty cool.

These were not greenhouses like you see today… they were shorter because they were built into the ground to advantage the warmth of the earth

Stay “Green” my friend… Stay “Green”…

By |September 28th, 2016|

As you may know… I’m rather fascinated by Antiques… perhaps antiques are not quite the right term… “Vintage memorabilia” is a better word…

I love going to Antique Stores, Curiosity Shops, Antique fairs, that sort of thing… and typically I’m looking for “Flower Related” things… Imagine that! hehehe

I have special haunts that provide (sometimes) hours

How to Arrange Flowers: Pre-Greened Containers from Alpha Fern

By |March 13th, 2016|

Here’s a great resource for the professional florist from the Foliage Folks at Alpha Fern…Pre-Greened Containers! This ingenious idea saves time, precious resources and allows you to create arrangements in minutes. It’s as easy as adding the flowers.

Find out more about these Pre-Greened Containers and other great time savers from Alpha Fern on their

Take 5 with J – Arranging Green Flowers

By |May 24th, 2015|

Take Five with J: J arranges Green Flowers from the Farmers Market on Take 5 & Company with hosts Catherine Behrendt,  Stephanie Webb in his weekly Fun with Flowers and J Episode on this ABC Lifestyle Show!