What is it?  See the finished piece below

What is it? See the finished piece below

Flowers are lovely, but as you all know, we like to give vegetables their propers.  To get you inspired for this month’s contest, we asked celebrity gardening judge, Suzy Bales, to come up with some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Grapes are a classic centerpiece (but not the chewy plastic ones your grandmother used to have)

Grapes are a classic centerpiece (but not the chewy plastic ones your grandmother used to have)

Serve watermelon cocktails around this beautiful centerpiece

Serve watermelon cocktails around this beautiful centerpiece

Sometimes the unexpected is the most beautiful

Sometimes the unexpected is the most beautiful

Grouping by color is an easy way to get started

Grouping by color is an easy way to get started

This is the entire Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden in one basket!

This is the entire Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden in one basket!

Grouping by form and shape is another easy way to get started

Grouping by form and shape is another easy way to get started

And before you know it you'll come up with amazing creations like this fantastic snail

And before you know it you'll come up with amazing creations like this fantastic snail

If you need more inspiration, check out Suzy Bales’ website

 

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  • By: Linda

    Sorry, I didn't include vegetables in those arrangements! But there's always a contest at our local fair to create the coolest, most creative "veggie animal". Kids have the best ideas!

  • By: Linda

    My friends asked me to put some flowers in two old milk cans to decorate a stage at a bluegrass festival. As much as I supported their venture, it would cost lots of money to buy big flowers to fill them. So I dragged my kids out for two hours and we collected every kind of wild weeds we could find to fill them up. It took a pickup truck filled to the brim, but they were awesome–and appropriate. I love the idea above with the queen anne's lace and black eyed susan. Many times, whatever's native and in season looks best! (as long as you don't pick protected plants) And don't forget grasses, branches and seed pods for fillers!

  • By: Carolyn Roebsery

    I was thinking the snail could be altered a little with a small sugar pumpkin to make a wonderful vegan Thanksgiving turkey!

  • By: Katherine

    These are wonderful; really just makes ya' smile! I especially love the one with the grapes. And YES, my grandmother really did have those plastic grapes in fake centerpieces and bowls of fake fruit all over the house. We really did pluck them off and chew on them too! Yuck!

    I am actually looking for florist employment in my area. Would love to make pieces like these!

    • By: Dr. Brent

      Hi, Katherine

      Good luck with the job hunt. Let that creativity shine!

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