Category Archives: Greens & Branches

Tree of a Different Kind

    An American artist has found roots in his agricultural upbringing. Award-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has created a tree that bears 40 different types of fruit. Through a process called grafting, the artist … Continue reading

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Fun Flower Facts: Hosta

Hosta, also known as plantain lily, is a genus of about 40 plants native to Eastern Asia. It is a flowering plant, producing spikes of lily-like flowers in lavender or white, but it is more valued for its attractive, showy … Continue reading

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All About Pussy Willows

Around this time of the year, pussy willows can be found in floral shops everywhere. They are a sure sign of spring! Pussy willows or (salix caprea) are showy branches with fuzzy, white flower buds, also known as catkins. They … Continue reading

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The 5 Easiest Houseplants to Grow

Did you resolve to live healthier this year? Forget dieting and exercising! This could simply be achieved by growing some houseplants! Houseplants have been known to improve the air quality inside our homes by removing toxins in the air, thus … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Holiday Greenery

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, nothing says winter holidays quite like fresh greenery! As convenient as faux/fake greenery may be, it just doesn’t compare to fresh greenery! Decorating with fresh greenery is a beloved holiday tradition and will … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Use Branches and Berries in Flower Arrangements!

‘Tis the season to use branches and berries! Take a walk outdoors and let the beauty of nature delight your senses! As you wander and explore your neighbourhood, you will find that inspiration is all around you. Just look at … Continue reading

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Fruited Branches

Fruited branches come from various types of trees and shrubs, and they are members of different botanical families and genera. These branches are treasured for their fanciful fruits that lend accent to floral designs year-round. Here are five of the … Continue reading

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Greens – A Florist’s Staple

Greens are a necessity for every florist! Greenery is available in all shades of green, sizes and textures. They are fillers that add colour, contrast and character to designs. Brightly coloured flowers come alive in floral arrangements against the green … Continue reading

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Fiddlesticks, um I mean Fiddleheads!

Fiddleheads (Dicranopteris linearis) This unusual looking tropical floral green is actually the new growth of a giant fern that grows in Hawaii. The ferns new growth uncurls from the center of the plant forming these Fiddle like heads. As the … Continue reading

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Christmas Greens

T’is the season for Christmas themed arrangements! The main difference between Christmas arrangements and “regular” ones are the greens that are used. Here is a list of great Christmas greens for all you DIY’ers out there. Alpine Huck – has … Continue reading

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