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Picking Flowers by Season by Barbara Jennings

When planning a party, try to use flowers that are in season. You can save a lot of money on the cost of your floral arrangements if you do. There are many year-round flowers available in addition to those that are seasonal.

Go for great impact. Experiment with exotic flowers. Don't be shy. Remember, the flowers you choose may quite literally become the center of attraction, so make them special.


Spring - Anemone, apple blossom, cherry blossom, daffodil, freesia, iris, lilac, lily of the valley, peony, quince, sweet pea, tulip, violet.

Summer - Aster, bells of Ireland, calla lily, dahlia, fuchsia, geranium, gladiola, honeysuckle, hydrangea, orange blossom, zinnia.

Fall - Aster, bittersweet, celosia, Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, dahlia, fuchsia, hydrangea, marigold, montbretia, zinnia.

Winder - Amaryllis, carnellia, daffodil, ginestra, hyacinth, mimosa, paperwhite narcissus, star-of-Bethlehem, tulip.

Year-Round - Alstromeria, bachelor button, carnation, daisy, delphinium, fern, gardenia, ivy, lily, orchid, rose, stephanotis.

Fruits and Vegetables
Don't forget that fruit and vegetables can also be incorporated nicely into your arrangements. Not only do they add additional color and interest, but they add a special fragrance of their own too.

Where to Place Flowers
There are many places you can place a floral arrangement. Depending on your budget and the logistics of the place where the event is to be held and type type of event, here are a few of the most common places you should consider: entry, escort tables, bathrooms, cocktail tables, buffet tables, bars, guest tables, dessert tables, stage, ceilings, cake talbe, serving trays, napkin treatments, bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, additional bridal party members.

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Barbara Jennings
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