Constance Spry found beauty in places others had not noticed. The unexpected drama of the plants she used surprised and delighted people. She turned to the vegetable garden and found one of her favorite plants – kale – but used other vegetables and fruits to brilliant effect.
Her arrangements would not have the same startling effect today, because the ideas she propounded, her cry to forget about the rules and have fun, to see beauty in the commonplace have actually become commonplace today.
Garden author and blogger Debra Prinzing is working on a beautiful book, A Fresh Bouquet, with photographer David Perry. Their journey among flower growers, the flower industry, and floral designers is being captured in their A Fresh Bouquet blog. There I found instructions very similar to what Constance Spry was following and teaching in the 20’s and 30’s.
“Use twigs and branches as well as more common foliage, conifers and broadleaf evergreens.
Use fruits and berries, and maybe vegetables.
Use other natural materials, seedpods, pine cones, grasses, moss.
Use commercial flowers with restraint. Flowers are not always necessary.”
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