Fall in Love
This time of year may not be known for its flowers, but in the hands of Los Angeles florist Clover Chadwick, the season’s rich foliage, seedpods, and sunset-hued blooms truly come alive. Take some inspiration, as she does, from Mother Nature’s later work.
An L.A. florist creates a table arrangement and brambly bouquet showcasing autumn’s bounty.
The garden screen—an airy, elongated arrangement that mimics the way plants grow in nature— is a signature of Chadwick’s business, Dandelion Ranch. In this one, cattails, scabiosa, crocosmia pods, red clover, and echinacea sway over a trove of pomegranates, white pumpkins, roses, lisianthus, and daisy mums. Garden screens can be any size and also “look great on walkways, buffets, and bars,” says Chadwick.
This brambly bouquet captures the essence of a sun-dappled fall meadow, thanks to its mix of warm colors and untamed, organic shape. Imagined for an adventurous, free-spirited bride, the arrangement was built around a long swoop of bittersweet, which Chadwick describes as “a very special vine with a gorgeous cascade effect.” Its yellow flowers and orange berries are complemented by garden and spray roses, strawflowers, spider mums, red clover, and echinacea. Clusters of crocosmia pods along with plumosa ferns, wheat, and yarrow add layers of texture, and it’s all bundled together with a wide swath of silky ribbon.
This breathtaking tangle of blossoms and branches appears to have been growing here for years—and that’s exactly what Chadwick intended. In placing the rose hips, bittersweet, wax flowers, oak leaves, curly willow, chrysanthemums, nandina, and ivy, “we let the plants and flowers work their magic for us, taking great care to emulate their natural growth patterns,” she says. As for how to use a display like this one, Chadwick encourages couples to think broadly. “It could be a ceremony piece, a head-table backdrop, an escort-card display—or you could even enclose a dance floor, so it feels like you’re dancing in a secret garden.”