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Arranged Marriages (of flowers, of course): Setting the Table for Spring Holidays

Pansy Mason Jars
Pansy Mason Jars

In the spring, many of us are privileged to celebrate the holidays of Easter and Passover with family and friends, gathered around a special meal. We set the table with china usually reserved for special occasions, and look forward to favorite dishes that we may have only once a year. As a child, I thought of holidays as a chance to enjoy Aunt Rose Evelyn’s pear salad and she never disappointed me. Later, as a florist, I thought of holidays celebrated with the formality of a special meal as centerpiece holidays.

The beauty of a holiday table is always enhanced when our eyes are drawn to the center of the table by a “centerpiece”. There are lots of options for table centerpieces!

For a very current look that is easy to put together, try a series of lower stemware goblets filled with spring flowers such as daffodils or tulips. If you choose daffodils, don’t mix them with other flowers, especially tulips. Daffodils exude a sap that clogs the stems of other flowers. Tulips are especially sensitive to the sap.

For balance, try 3 flower-filled goblets spaced evenly but fairly close together down the middle of the table. Thick glass cubes are also great containers for creating this look. Depending on the size of the table, 5 inch or 4 inch cubes tend to work best. Remember, any centerpiece option will require estimating how much space will be needed for plates, silverware, and food.

IMG_0988To create a great spring look that brings the garden indoors, choose a low basket or a low ceramic bowl and find a plastic liner that will fit inside. Something from the supermarket deli or bakery sometimes works well, even if you have to cut the sides shorter.

Plant violas or pansies directly in the liner. Set the liner in the container and cover the edges of the soil with sheet moss or Spanish moss. After the holidays, you can reuse the plants outside!

If you opt to order a centerpiece from a florist, be prepared to give them guidelines for color, size, and any flowers that should or should not be used. The finished size is important; it needs to fit the planned space. If you have a container that you would like to use, make sure ahead of time that the florist will be able to work with your container.

As Easter and Passover rapidly approach, I hope you enjoy this centerpiece holiday and have time to try something new! I’m still hoping to find Aunt Rose Evelyn’s recipe for pear salad.

Posted By: Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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