Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs

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The Garden Club of Jackson welcomed Sybil Sylvester, owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham, Alabama, as a guest speaker today.

According to her website she considers Wildflower to be a “creative think tank” for flower fun.

In 2000 she launched the Wildflower School and provides classes for everyone from beginners to those with design experience.  The School is mobile and will travel anywhere around the country.  Thus, our good fortune in having her instruction for a wonderful program today.

The tools of the trade…

floral arranging

creative materials…

flower arranging

 “Coffee Break” roses  ready to be hand tied…

Coffee Break rose

 She had six different demonstrations for today’s workshop.

We learned the art of taping the garbage bag to the work surface for easy clean up (you know this really appealed to the organizer in me!)…

flower arranging

The European hand-tied bouquet was first…

hand tied bouquet

  galax leaves complete the bouquet which is then placed in a julep cup…

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gorgeous…

coffee break roses, hand tied bouquet

Next up, a bigger, looser European hand tied bouquet created with cocoa queen anne’s lace,

campanula roses, montbretia pods, rose hips, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, and quicksand spray roses…

hand-tied bouquet

Come to Mama!

You guessed it – I brought this one home with me…

hand tied bouquet, flower arranging

next up was a festive, fun technique for a gathering such as a barbeque, children’s party, fourth of July…

flower arranging, gerbera daisy

 The flowers used here are gerrondo daisies.

Sybil told of using fish gravel “back in the early days” before the floral industry came up with its’ own version…

gerrondo daisies

She demonstrated placing orchids in pots and dressing them up naturally…

orchid

using contorted willow, raffia and kiwi vine and a seasonal splash of bittersweet transforms the arrangement…

orchid

I was crazy for the cornucopia spilling over with seasonal flowers and produce..

cornucopia

squash, rose hips, radishes, satsuma…

cornucopia

cornucopia

I especially loved the raffia-tied green bean bundle…

cornucopia

She suggested finishing it off with dried beans and wild rice (I will be remembering this for my Thanksgiving centerpiece).

The grand finale was an altar arrangement which will remain in place for the Sunday worship service at Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is where we were able to enjoy this presentation.

Sybil began with greenery – miniature pomegranate, elaeagnus, nandina, cedar, acuba, rosemary…

altar flowers

and gradually added in the flowers…

altar arrangement

sunflowers and snapdragons and roses…

altar arrangments

altar arrangements

She was still working on it as we were leaving,

Sybil, me and Lee Threadgill, President of The Garden Club of Jackson…

Garden Club of Jackson

I think everybody was in the flower zone today…

dog with flowers

Have a great weekend!

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