We are fortunate to have a National Accredited Flower Show Judge and Master Judge to conduct free floral design workshops. Evelyn Warrington inspires, entertains and educates participants with a great variety of floral designs. These workshops are held just prior to our regular meetings for interested club members.

Her September workshop demonstrated how to use an artisic piece of wood in a line design. She used dried seed pods from an iris which had silver tones to pick up the silver tones in the container for the vertical line to pull the eye from the container up through the iris stalk. She used a small mass of red roses for color and said this was a tall mass vertical design.

Our 2014 May lesson was to create a design using bird house. This student's design used the bright colors of bougainvillea blossoms to carry the eye upward. She filled in the background with fern leaves to enclose the rustic birdhouse in plant material. The design sits on a slab of wood to further enhance the rustic look and gives a starting point for the eye to travel through the design.

Evelyn's comment was to snip off a tuft of the fern on the left side and also trim back slightly on the right side to give the design a more vertical appearance. Overall, the use of colors and materials made a nice design.

This student's design also used a rustic bird house with a tiny red bird perched at the entrance. A piece of wood was used to give the design some height. Three tall branches of a sage were used for the line design and small red sage flowers and a red geranium bud repeated the color of the bird. Variegated artemesia and Diamond Frost euphorbia were used as filler.

Evelyn suggested that the three long branches be straight rather than curved over the bird house to give the design a stronger vertical line. The use of a bamboo mat was good for unifying the design.

This student's design used a lovely white Victorian bird house. The white roses repeat the color of the bird house and an ivy vine wanders behind the birdhouse. The water container for the plant material is wrapped with a large green leaf.

Evelyn commented on the good use of plant materials to showcase the birdhouse and the overall design was very good.

This was the first design by a new student. She did not have a bird house so created a bird's nest in the end of a log. Two black and yellow birds are perched above the nest on the end of the log and red flowers and greenery give a nice crescent shape to the design.

Evelyn suggested that using yellow flowers to repeat the colors of the birds in the design would help tie the elements together. It was a good first attempt at floral design

This design was from an earlier lesson on using a Madonna figurine in a design. Here an angel figure stands on a wooden base with her back to a cluster of roses. The white roses brighten the area above her head and the graceful swoop of pink and red roses add weight to the design. Touches of green rosemary are visible in the back of the design.

This delicate minature design uses pastel green chrysanthemums, sage blossoms and pink rosebud for the little figurine to view.

This white ceramic container has the Madonna figurine attached and looks quite lovely with the ring of minature pink roses at the figure's feet.

Evelyn's 2013 November lesson demonstrated how to make an arrangement using one or more birds. She chose a decorative candle holder with a red cardinal for her container and used a small pin holder in the candle hole to hold the plant material. First she placed her greenery using fresh arborvitea which she cut into smaller branches to fit the scale of her holder. Then she carefully pushed in some dainty white roses for a wintery look. Her finished arrangement is on the right.


The students submitted four designs using birds as shown below. In the first design a tiny red bird perched on the far left ties into the deep red of the cyclamen blossoms. The shiny, black container is a dramatic contrast to the deep red blossoms. The second arrangement has a grey bird sitting on a piece of wood under a mallow blossom. The green napkin base carries the green color down to the bottom. The third design illustrates a curving line design starting with the iris blossom at the top left and ending with the vine being anchored by a tiny bird on the right. The fourth arrangement is a light and airy arrangement using leaves to create the boundaries of space. Note the curved sword fern leaf which softens the design. Two birds nestled at the base of the arrangement pick up the color of the blossom.


The Janury 2014 lesson demonstrated how to use roses in a design. The roses were arranged to show a line of sight from the top toward the bottom of the arrangement. Evelyn used pebbles on the wooden base to pick up some colors in the arrangement and to bring the eye downward. If you use sand, pebbles, etc. on a base be sure to arrange in a form to extend the line of the design. The polished wood base continues the color and texture of the wooden container.

Four rose designs were submitted at the Februrary meeting. The first design uses lime green roses and dry branches to create a strong crescent line design. The greenery included vareigated leaves which pick up the color of the roses. The second arrangement was done inside a glass terrarium with an opening on the side. This mass design uses clusters of color in golden and pink roses to move the eye around the arrangement. An oasis was used to secure the flowers in place and the green tile base picks up the color of the greenery. The third design incorporated a pink glass heart shape and pink roses to celebrate Valentine's Day. Jasmine, lavendar and baby's breath were used as fillers. The fourth design has three miniature roses to form a line which continues to the top and lower side with fern and ivy. Tiny white Diamond Frost euphorbia blossoms pick up the white of the container. The pink color is carried from the roses to a floral design in the pitcher and pink flower embroidered on the lacy doily.


The February 2014 lesson called "Burst of Spring" was constructed using branches of flowering Japanese quince. The beautiful color of the quince is echoed in the color of the two vases. Evelyn used spuria iris leaves to make the loops. She demonstrated how to make the leaves curl using the back of her scissors. If you don't have the iris leaves, daffodil or narcissus leaves could be substituted. The geranium leaves have a coral and brown color in the center to pick up the color of the stems and help cover the edges of the containers. The arrangement was moved before the picture was taken but it was originally displayed on a lacy green matt and the containers were closer together.

The 2013 April lesson was an All Green Arrangement. Evelyn cut palm leaves into smaller shapes to fit the scale of the container. She also used a white flower to repeat the white color of the container. If you use a white container, you must use a white flower, bud or contrived foliage in the arrangement to carry the eye from the white of the container up into the design. Here is Evelyn's demonstration design followed by four designs submitted by club members at the April meeting lesson.

Evelyn's All Green Arrangement