Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Laura Tri­este rose­hipflow­

WITH a bit of twine and some cre­ative think­ing, the pos­si­bil­i­ties for dec­o­rat­ing your home with fresh flow­ers goes be­yond just ar­rang­ing them in a vase.

Ch­eryl John­son of Rose­hip Flow­ers en­joys show­ing peo­ple the many ways they can use flo­ral back­drops to add a pro­fes­sional edge to their par­ties and events.

“Some­thing sim­ple can re­ally add a fo­cal point and make a bit of a state­ment,” she says.

John­son will run a work­shop on flo­ral back­drops this Satur­day and Sun­day at Con­fetti Fair Syd­ney – a DIY ex­trav­a­ganza show­ing peo­ple how to be­come a savvy host­ess – at the Syd­ney Show­ground.

“They use the same flow­ers but ev­ery­one ends up with some­thing unique,” John­son says.

“Of­ten peo­ple have an idea and when they are ex­e­cut­ing it, it’s not work­ing out as they hope and of­ten it will evolve into some­thing that’s even bet­ter.”

A flower gar­land – a long chain of fo­liage or flow­ers threaded on to a fish­ing line or string – can be fea­tured any­where from a tree, to a door to a photo frame.

“I use a lot of fo­liage as it’s hardier. Things like magnolia and ivy,” John­son says. “Car­na­tions and or­chids will last well out of wa­ter.”

She says wa­ter sources can also be in­cor­po­rated if needed for del­i­cate flow­ers or hot days.

“There are lit­tle plas­tic tubes that the stem can be in­serted in and filled with wa­ter,” she says.

John­son ad­vises peo­ple new to flo­ral ar­range­ments to start small.

“I think peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate the work in­volved and the time needed,” she says.

Rose­hip Flow­ers style flo­ral back­drops in many cre­ative ways.

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