Berried in Snow
“Warm the senses with snow-dusted flowers and foliage in a wintry centerpiece that appears frozen in time.”
spray roses (Rosa spp. ‘Snow Flake’) from Rio Roses/Equiflor; beautyberry/French mulberry (Callicarpa americana), Brunia albiflora, Cyclamen spp., cobweb houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cebenese’), and English ivy (Hedera helix) from favorite suppliers; Centerpiece Design Bowl (Double) from FloraCraft; Artificial Snow from Accent Décor; Floratape Stem Wrap and Oasis Floral Form Maxlife from Smithers-Oasis North America; Florist Wire from Syndicate Sales.
Floral designers who find inspiration in winter landscapes and long to incorporate some glistening snow into their work will enjoy the versatility of manmade snow by Accent Décor. In a highly textural and organic design that combines flowers, succulents and berried branches, with pops of vining English ivy, the accent of lightly fallen snow throughout communicates a design sensibility to usher the beauty of cold inside, with the illusion of things icy yet natural inside.
Inspired by her appreciation for snow-covered landscapes, Florists’ Review Floral Design Coordinator Lori McNorton shows how to easily recreate this frosty and curious centerpiece regardless of forecast and interior temperatures.
STEP 1: Gather all botanicals and supplies. Fully hydrate one block of floral foam, and place into oblong design bowl.
STEP 2: Using the hairpin wiring technique, wire and tape each cobweb succulent, to create a stem.
STEP 3: Firmly arrange the beautyberry branches and Cyclamen leaves into the floral foam, leaving space for the other botanical materials. Following the directions on the cannister of artificial snow, lightly dust the snow onto the leaves.
STEP 4: Arrange the spray roses at differing heights to achieve an unconstructed and organic look. Add the Brunia, ivy and remaining Cyclamen leaves, again, at varying heights. Mist the artificial snow to create clumped formations.