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How to Create a St. Patrick’s Day Arrangement

Many of us have Irish heritage, but even those who don’t often enjoy celebrating by wearing something green on St. Patrick’s Day.  My husband and I both have some Irish ancestry and enjoy celebrating the day quietly.

So I have chosen green flowers and green containers.  One of the containers is a somewhat cone shaped ceramic container.  The other is a blown glass artisan container.

For flowers, I will be using natural pale green chrysanthemums and natural green carnations.  I prefer that they are not tinted.  And as always, make sure they are well hydrated by cutting the stems under warm water and allowing them to soak for a minimum of 45 minutes.

For tools, I used a pair of floral clippers and a pair of sharp scissors.  For accessories, I used pale yellow green ribbon and emerald green ribbon.  No Oasis is needed.

Let’s start with the ceramic container.  It is a darker green ceramic container that is about 8.5 inches tall.  It flares to a width of 5.5 inches tall.  It easily holds 6 carnations and about 8 stems of chrysanthemums.  Each stem of chrysanthemums has from 4 to 6 individual blossoms.  It seems to work best to place the stems of chrysanthemums first. The stems make natural grid that holds the 6 carnations in place.  The “just budding” spring stems lend a naturalistic feel, and remind us that spring arrives soon.  I really like the look of the pale green ribbon tied around the dark green container. The finished height of the ceramic container arrangement is 18 inches and the finished arrangement width is 11 inches.

So up next is the blown glass artisan container.  It was given to me many years ago by a dear friend.  The height of the empty container is 6 inches and the width at the bottom is 5 inches.  It holds 3 stems of pale green chrysanthemums and 6 carnations.  The “waist” of the glass container is tied with a piece of emerald green ribbon.  What could be more fitting for the Emerald Isle?

Please try creating a St. Patrick’s arrangement, even if you’re not Irish.

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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