Home & Garden

Montville Garden Club Learns About Flower Arranging

5b1689e63a1c8e27d67d_1.JPG
Carolyn Deevey shows off her finished arrangements Credits: Melissa Benno
fca2a078e635f38a2be9_2.JPG
Carolyn Deevey's finished centerpiece Credits: Melissa Benno
6e2ff8ebf3961e1fcd1d_3.JPG
Carolyn Deevey starts a centerpiece Credits: Melissa Benno
a226a05b8c1fcd1afd87_4.JPG
Carolyn Deevey starts a centerpiece Credits: Melissa Benno
d7ea24732ee8a63389d5_5.JPG
Carolyn Deevey puts Brussels sprouts into a centerpiece Credits: Melissa Benno
6f5822aae104a99c33b1_6.JPG
Carolyn Deevey tests an arrangement for height Credits: Melissa Benno
5b1689e63a1c8e27d67d_1.JPG

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Garden Club hosted its Feb. 1 meeting, where former president Carolyn Deevey taught members how to create a centerpiece, boutonniere and vase presentation of cut flowers.

Deevey taught the members about the various craft items available to make vases and containers attractive, such as leaf ribbon – wide ribbon that actually looks like ribbon – and “bling on a roll” – rhinestones on sticky tape that can be applied to a clear vase to add sparkle. She also gave insider tips such as how to order bulk roses (“They charge you by the length of the stem, so go with 50 cm, because it’s cheaper”) and how to make any arrangement last longer: “If the flower grows in warm weather, place it in warm water. If it grows in cooler weather, place it in cooler water. Leaves are water suckers, so remove them.”

Deevey began with a centerpiece in a footed bowl. She soaked oasis (green floral foam) and placed lemon leaves all over the foam, then placed roses in the corners, working her way in layers.

Sign Up for E-News

“I like to use purple with hot pink and red, because it pops,” she said.

She used alstroemeria, roses, statice, and lisianthus.

“For a pop of green I like to use limes, artichokes, or Brussels sprouts,” she said.

Deevey took fresh Brussels sprouts and poked them into stakes which she added to the arrangement in threes. But you won’t catch Deevey using baby’s breath in her arrangements.

“That’s an 80s thing that I got sick of,” she said with a laugh.

Next Deevey made a vase arrangement, which she always starts to assemble in her hand. She used several colors of roses plus lots of green flowers.

“Hypericum berries, which are St. John’s Wort, add a lot of texture,” she said.

She used a border of lemon leaves to hide the stems below the flowers.

“You can’t have too many lemon leaves,” she said.

Then she wrapped the arrangement with waterproof florist’s tape, and used a knife to cut the stems to the height of the vase. She urged members to cut too little off the stems, try the arrangement for height, and then trim off some more. Deevey said to keep changing the water in the vase periodically.

Making a boutonniere was as simple as wrapping a flower with floral tape while pulling and twisting. Deevey likes to curl the bottom end instead of leaving it straight. She taught the members how to tie a ribbon bow and wrap it with wire to add to the boutonniere.

“A corsage is three flowers,” she explained.

Deevey said she has been arranging flowers for about 22 years.

“My mom went to Parsons in New York City to learn how to do it,” she said, “and then everything I know I learned from watching her.”

The Garden Club of Montville meets the first Wednesday of the month, September through April, at the Senior House.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_d0da896932290d3669b0_img_6739

Mon, June 25, 7:00 PM

Senior House, Montville

Montville Republican Club Meeting

Government

Tue, June 26, 10:00 AM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Storytime

Education

Carousel_image_6e3a289818ebcee32c37_logo

Wed, June 27, 7:30 PM

Montville Reformed Church, Montville

Transition to Puberty: Pathways Seminar

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_6fd4572dde59fc8d2117_a_pyramid_mountain__2018_tapinto_montville___2.

Sat, June 30, 9:30 AM

Pyramid Mountain, Montville Township

Wonderful Wildlife Hike

Health & Wellness

Tue, July 3, 10:00 AM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Storytime

Education

Summer Concert Series Announced by Montville Twp Recreation

June 16, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Recreation Department announced its summer concerts in the park lineup. The free concerts will be held on Tuesdays beginning on July 10, at the amphitheater beyond the Montville Township Public Library. Parking is available at the library (90 Horseneck Road) or in the high school parking lot (100 Horseneck Road). Assistance is available, for those who ...

Four Montville Residents Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State Leadership Program

June 21, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - Four young men from Montville Township are among 883 other rising-seniors from New Jersey attending the 73rd session of the annual American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS.)

At the event, taking place at Rider University this week, the students get to "govern and interact with their peers from across New Jersey as they run their own mythical 51st ...

Skype Brings Holocaust Survivor and Italian Historian to Montville Township High School Genocide Studies Classes

June 23, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Max Calfo’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies class Skyped a Holocaust survivor in Connecticut and a historian in Rome at Montville Township High School on Wednesday, June 13. The students spoke with the guests about events of the Holocaust that occurred in Poland and Italy respectively.

Holocaust survivor Mira Binford, originally from Bedzin, Poland, ...

Hot Rod Show in Roxbury Raises Money for Boy With Brain Disease

June 21, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - They came from all over North Jersey to show off their chromed-out, big V8s. By day's end, they'd raised big bucks for a sick boy.

The annual North Jersey Street Rod Association (NJSRA) Father's Day Rod Run took place under sunny skies at Horseshoe Lake Park in Roxbury on Sunday. The charity event drew about 1,300 spectators and raised "a little ...

Former Jefferson School Staffer Facing Criminal Charges For Alleged Lewd Photos of Students

June 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A former Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional has been charged with criminal behavior believed to be related to lewd photos of students at the school that were found on his cell phone after he was arrested in Morris County on an unrelated sexual charge.

It also appears that South Orange Maplewood School District officials knew about the arrests as early as ...

Morris County Chamber Issues Statement About State Budget Negotiations and Proposed Tax Increases

June 21, 2018

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, yesterday issued the following statement on the budget negotiations in Trenton:

“Individuals and businesses are shouldering a significant tax burden already in our state. Raising taxes sends a signal to our employers and future investors that New Jersey will remain uncompetitive for decades ...

Columns

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend 6/23 - 6/24, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend.

SATURDAY, June 23, 2018

  From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  102 Magnolia Road, Unit 3, Ramsey

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 12 - 3 p.m.

  150 Barrister Drive, Butler

   Click HERE to see full listing.

 

 

SUNDAY, ...

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend 6/16 - 6/17, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018:

  From 12 - 2 p.m.

  201 English Place, Bernards Township

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018:

  From 1 - 3 p.m.

  170 Morris Avenue, Mountain Lakes

  Click HERE to see full ...

Open Houses this Weekend by Century 21

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are the Century 21 Open Houses for this weekend:

Saturday, June 23 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road)
3 Louis Drive, Montville

Sunday, June 24 from 12 - 3 p.m.

6 Woodside Drive, Montville Township

Sunday, June 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Brownstones at ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

Pet Corner