On May 24th the Madoo Conservancy hosted Farm to Vase: Blooming Spring Beauties - a flower design course let by Anastasia Casale much admired floral artist and owner of Sag Harbor Florist.
The workshop was held outside in the studio garden.
A row of containers filled with plant material extended the length of a burlap covered table. Each student's place had a garden shears and vase. Anastasia brought all of the plant material fresh from her farm on the North fork. I was excited to create bouquets with the freshest seasonal flowers available. Anastasia gave a brief introduction and then we were let loose on the row of flower buckets - with one warning, "There are only three peonies per person!"
Our first lesson was to gather flowers in our hand to fit a small vase. Anastasia advised us to turn the bouquet as we added each flower to achieve a balanced look. The students dove into the buckets of flowers with abandon. Sweet pea, hellebore, mock orange, boronia, viburnum, peony, bleeding heart, Hungarian lilac, and some wood hyacynth clipped from the garden behind us. Ferns, mint, rosemary and hosta leaves were available to accent to our arrangements.
My bouquet has sweet pea, lilac, mock orange, hellibore and mint.
For our second arrangement, Anastasia taught us how to create a grid across the top of a container with florist tape to enable the blooms to stand upright in a wider vase. We were left to pillage the containers to our hearts desire. There was not a flower left by the end of the class.
Anastasia Casale has two more workshops scheduled at Madoo.
Farm to Vase: Woodland Wonders on July 5
Farm to Vase: Summer's End on October 12
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After the class I took a walk around the beautiful property.
The many meandering pathways make the two acre property seem much larger.
Each path takes you to a beautiful view.
Or a unique garden ornament.
We lost Robert Dash, Madoo's founder and creator this past fall.
A memorial service was also held this weekend.
His garden is a beautiful legacy.
The roses will cover this arbor by summer's end.
The hornbeam arch
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