I prepared this post to be published before yesterday’s unfathomable tragedy. As we all mourn for the innocence lost and made even more painful by its occurrence during this season of hope and light, we know that we cannot let evil stop our preparations for the coming of Jesus. With unbound sympathy for the parents and families of the victims in Newtown, Connecticut, I pray that these Christmas decorations and traditions will comfort and remind us how much we need the grace and comfort of Jesus Christ not just during this incongruous holiday season but all the year long.
The annual Christmas decorations are finally up, and all but a box or two has been returned to the attic. Now it’s time to find and arrange the flowers and greenery that will hopefully take us past Christmas Day. My Three Chopt Garden Club has been my source of floral inspiration (hence “Floraspiration”). These designs that a small group of us created for the Kent-Valentine House, as well as the elegant green and white arrangements created by some talented ladies for our Club’s annual Christmas party, have inspired me to try some new looks this year.
Are you feeling inspired to get arranging yet?
All photos by Avad Fan on iPhone.
Find beautiful arrangements plus unique greenery for your own creations at
The ladies of The Boxwood Garden Club create fabulous wreaths and table arrangements for you to purchase at the Holiday Gifts & Greens Market at Grace Baptist Church in Windsor Farms. The key to scoring something wonderful for your holiday home is to get there when the doors open. The outstanding designs sell out very quickly.
I bought these two topiaries last year and put them in the large metal cachepots. Though the boxwood and magnolias were live and green when purchased, I have let them dry throughout the year, and they still look beautiful to me.
A lot of the arrangements that you will find at the sale look similar to these greenery arrangements gracing the pages of Pinterest.
In addition to arrangements and a small selection of curated vendors selling Christmas presents, you can also purchase fresh and often hard-to-find greenery to create your own holiday designs.
Put December 7, 2012 on your smartphone calendar and be at Grace Baptist Church in Windsor Farms by 10 a.m. This is one shopping event that you really will not want to miss.
Through the Eyes of a Child
Under the leadership of Cameron Cummings and Martha Bowden, the talented Junior Board of Richmond’s Children’s Hospital Foundation once again transformed The Country Club of Virginia into a fantasy world. Take a look at these pictures that I snapped yesterday afternoon before the evening’s festivities got underway. Hope you can appreciate all of the little details that the Tables, Flowers and Decorations committees included to make “Through the Eyes of a Child” come to life in each of the rooms of the Westhampton Clubhouse.
Royal Palace set in the Main Ballroom
Underwater World in the Big Tent
Fairy Land in Ollie’s Bar
Where the Wild Things Are in Ollie’s Dining Room
A Boy’s Treehouse in the Westhampton Room
Candy Land and Sweet Treats in the Windsor Room
The Nutcracker Ballet in the West Ballroom
The Carousel in the West Porch
Like the Bal du Bois, the Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball is always one of the social highlights of the year in Richmond. This seated dinner for 700 followed by hours of dancing raises important capital funds to help improve the lives of children who come from near and far. As a former member of the Board, I am so fortunate to be invited back annually to help with the flowers that enhance each year’s unique theme.
Cheers to another fabulous Ball!
All photos by Avad Fan from my iPhone.
Get there this weekend.
You will not regret one moment spent viewing the floral interpretations of 75 works of art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts‘s permanent collection. This spectacular event created by members of the Garden Club of Virginia in conjunction with the Museum provides an amazing opportunity to view the works and floral design in such a unique way. Some of my favorite designs, which I found on the VMFA’s Facebook page, include
In anticipation of the dreary weather forecast this weekend, a visit to Fine Arts & Flowers provides the perfect family opportunity to enjoy nature indoors. Its almost scavenger-like format will have you visiting galleries and artwork that you may not have ever seen or at least not in a long time. I am already anticipating the next Fine Arts & Flowers in two years.
One of my favorite vendors at St. Stephen’s Saturday morning Farmer’s Market is Eli’s Greens. They drive in from Cumberland County, Virginia almost every week with the prettiest combination of flowers. The bright colors of zinnia and celosia season just make me happy, even in this record-breaking heat.
Hope you are managing to stay cool and happy!
All photos by Avad Fan.
Instead, I have got a mass of big deep pink standards and lighter lilac-ish lacecap blossoms that are a joy to behold. With their lime green stalks, they look ready for a Lilly Pulitzer photo shoot.
These lush shrubs were purchased at a grocery store years ago to grace the tables of a Christening lunch. They sat for several years in their pots amongst my mother’s coastal beds before I rescued and planted them along this northeast facing wall. Now they are thriving despite the constant threat of gluttonous deer, and I have an amazing source of delights for our home and friends.
Who needs blue when you can be in the pink?
All photos by Avad Fan
These pictures hardly due justice to the stunning flowers from Friday night’s 2012 Bal du Bois at The Country Club of Virginia. As always the floral designs took my breath away, but I do think that this was my favorite Bal yet. I apologize for the terrible pictures via my iPhone sans flash, but I think that you can still get a bit of the flavor from this memorable affair.
Despite the poor quality of the photos, you should be able to get a glimpse of how gorgeously glamorous this Bal was. The overall beautifully conceived design absolutely contributed to the marvelous atmosphere present throughout the evening despite the threatening weather. The Junior Board of Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Hospital truly created a magical night that the Sponsors will never forget.
All photos by Avad Fan.