This past November I hosted a small gathering of friends and strangers in my tiny, railroad-style Brooklyn apartment. Every time I host one of these little flower clvb events I get nervous that newcomers will make the trek from the train to my place and upon seeing the door, turn around and head back home. The front door to our apartment leaves much to be desired with silver metal scratches from what looks like a bear mauling over a faded beige color. It is an aesthetically upsetting first encounter to a home. Shout out to a Flower Clvb first-timer, Alexa Rose who approached the door and chose to walk through it.
Aside from the abrasive door, there is something about living away from the suburbs which gives guests a lack of assurance that there are enough closets to store all the clutter and a/c units from the season prior. Subconsciously, New Yorkers fear the idea of one couch houses or even worse futons, where you are required to sit real close to the host’s other acquaintances and make small talk. This is why most social encounters in the city happen over brunch or at the bar, where it is loud and too crowded to explain the type of work you do to strangers.
One occasion where New Yorkers feel less apprehensive towards entering someone’s home is at book club. There is no fear that you will spend endless minutes talking about real estate or the kind of transportation you take to get from one place to another ( New Yorkers, you know exactly what I’m talking about). You are at book club and you are there to talk about books, drink some wine and connect with friends who are at the very least, interested in the same thing you are, reading! It is book club that has inspired Flower Clvb gatherings. Rather than read books we make flowers while spending about the same amount of money as one would on a book (host included).
Just a few days before Thanksgiving we gathered at my house to make festive garlands. Some came for the hang, some came to learn and others to get inspiration for weddings and party hosting. Below I have listed the materials, steps and resources that we discussed during our time together.
1. 1 bunch of Italian Ruscus (5-7 stems)
2. 1 bunch of seeded Eucalyptus
3. 1 bunch of Hypericum Berry (or a nearby tree, LOL)
4. Floral paddle wire, 26 gauge
Figure out the length of your surface and twist together the Italian Ruscus accordingly. This will serve as your garland's base.
*Note twist in the same direction until you get to the last stem and then twist together in the opposite direction.
Bunch together small pieces of Eucalyptus and berries by placing the berries on top of the Eucalyptus. Using your wire, attach each bunch of Eucalyptus and berries to your Italian Ruscus base by winding the wire around multiple times until it feels secure. Cut the wire with enough extra wire to weave in any more greenery you might want or need. Repeat this step by placing bunches one after the other, covering up your mechanics as you move along until you reach the opposite end. Remember to begin going the other way for the last piece.
Once your garland is complete, use the remaining attached wire to weave back in any extra greenery to balance out your garland.
Sourcing & Subscription
All greens were either sourced from the tree outside my house or Associated Flower Market located here:
131 W. 28th St. New York, NY 10001
Hours: open from 5 AM to 12 PM on weekdays, 6 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturdays, Closed on Sundays.
While the colder weather can be a more difficult time to source things locally, a little foraging goes a long way. You can also find most of these greens and plants at your local bodega.
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