Floral Souvenir: The Magic Of Paris In A Bouquet

Floral Souvenir: The Magic Of Paris In A Bouquet

Tess Wilson
Jun 21, 2011

Katherine Anderson of Garden Design Magazine went to Paris and soaked up all the beautiful sights and scents and flavors. When she arrived home, she captured her memories not in a scrapbook, but in a bouquet …

Katherine is the owner of Marigold & Mint, an organic farm/shop/floral studio in Seattle, and her Notes From A Flower Farm column for Garden Design is always fascinating. I was especially impressed by "The Flowers of Paris", in which she describes the elements of Paris that inspired her bouquet.

For example …

• The traditional Parisian-blue paint led her to use lovely blue columbine.
• A neon green tin of Lily-of-the-Valley tea (Lily-of-the-Valley items are a traditional springtime gift) is evoked by vibrant Lady's Mantle.
• The layering she saw in Paris, both in the floral displays in shops, and in the design of parks & gardens, is echoed in the discreet vertical layers of her arrangement.

So smart! Have you ever created an unexpected souvenir of a trip? A quilt about a camping trip? An island get-away, captured in a cocktail?

Images: Katherine Anderson

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