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how to

Make several loops at the end of the lily         Often relegated to the role of “fillers,” playing
grass, and thread the end through for a        second fiddle to the flowers, greenery is the star
simple knot. Pull gently to secure. Use        of this stunning collection. From the touchable
this technique on a single blade, or “tie”     textures of the foxtail and leatherleaf ferns to
together several blades for another            the sleek glossiness of the Podocarpus Nagi and
interesting look.                              Monstera, and the multicolored hues of the varie-
                                               gated Pittosporum and ‘Milky Way’ Aspidistra, this
                                               design features a banquet of textures and hues.
                                               Several interesting leaf treatments are used for an
                                               added touch of class.

                                                  This long-lasting design would make a
                                               beautiful statement in an office, hotel or other
                                               corporate setting, as well as a welcome gift for
                                               those with more masculine taste. sf

This is a quick and easy alternative to        MATERIALS foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’),
foliage loops on wired picks. Cut a slit       variegated lily grass (Liriope), leatherleaf fern and
near the tip of the Aspidistra leaf with a     Victoria’s lace leatherleaf fern (Rumohra), variegated
floral knife. Curve the leaf over, and insert  mock orange (Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’), cast iron
the stem through the slit. Use the stem to     leaves (Aspidistra ‘Milky Way’), Swiss cheese leaves
“pick” the loop into the design.               (Monstera deliciosa) and broadleaf Podocarpus (P.
                                               Nagi) from FernTrust; kiwi vine from Knud Nielsen
                                               Company; Hypericum, artichoke (Cynara scolymus),
                                               ceramic container and wood pick from suppliers of

                                               your choice.

An artichoke is a focal point in this design,
and it is inserted by pushing a wood pick
into the center of its stem. The pick can
then be inserted into the floral foam. The
artichoke will dry naturally in the design.

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