Several weeks ago I was honored to present a floral design program to the the Northeast Mississippi Rose Society in Tupelo. What fun it was incorporating fall blooms in a wide array of colors from the gardens of society members and other area gardeners at North Mississippi Research and Extension Service, an affiliate of Mississippi State University. Special thanks to Crofton Sloane, a horticulturist with the center as well as to Tracy Kramer, the society president, who made my experience so pleasurable! Gorgeous varieties of Coleus in the front planters were overflowing with hues of red, russet, plum and green to welcome visitors to the center.
Tracy Kramer prepared a lovely fall table with food contributed by her and other members.
The members and their guests shared an abundance of their garden roses, hydrangea, wild flowers, Angelonia, Pinta, cosmos, zinnias, dahlias, coleus, and Smilax along with many other garden treasures. The members are all incredibly talented gardeners and floral designers who share a passion for growing roses! Each year the society holds its annual rose show in May. Lee Pryor Caldwell (shown below) shares cuttings from her garden.
Rosarian Lavonne Glover contributed her prize winning roses along with Dahlias and other garden selections.
I brought a display of some of my fall favorites grown in southeast Alabama : Sorghum, Aplin Farm sunflowers, Limelight hydrangea, assorted pumpkins, American Beautyberry, cotton, Golden rod, Eucalyptus, Carolina Sappire Cypress, and Nandina. A salvaged log from the demise of a friend’s River Burch tree was the focal point of one vignette! My sister contributed Leucothoe, Curly Willow, and holly from her Pontotoc garden.
Members contributed containers which I chose randomly to do the arranging in. Since there were so many incredible flowers, it was difficult to even choose which ones to use. I believe I could have arranged all night even though I managed to do the arrangements below in the alloted two hour time frame for the meeting; What a fabulous selection of different color and textures to use for composing these arrangements!
Thanks to Tracy Kramer, the president of Northeast MS Rose society for all of her hard work in organizing the event and to my sister, Claire McGee, for being my assistant. I want to also credit Crofton Sloan and the staff at North MS Research and Extension Service for their efforts in making the program a success.
“Flowers possess many of the qualities our souls long for”. Carolyne Roehm