Brad Austin, from Brad Austin Imaginative Florals and his husband Ricky Ramirez, gave a hands-on class on making floral arrangements for the holiday season on December 18, 2019 at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Brad mixed Noble Fir pine leaves to create a long lasting and versatile plant base that can easily mix with roses, Christmas Holly, ornaments, and orchids to create a reusable Christmas to Hanukkah to New Year’s arrangement. Brad also demonstrated how to pull apart roses to make them larger and more dramatic looking and created a charming light-up floral arrangement with a Champagne bottle and white roses as the focal point.
Brad and Ricky graciously gifted each guest with a potted pine and orchid floral arrangement, and a bag of handy crafting tools, which were used for the hands-on portion of the workshop. Each guest then created their own nature inspired fresh floral napkin rings. Many thanks as well to Patty Elias Rosenfeld and the Education Committee who hosted a champagne breakfast and sent everyone home with holiday aprons.
It was a lovely morning spent with friends creating, eating, and getting into the holiday spirit. And when all done, everyone enjoyed showing off their napkin rings!
Post and photos by Dana Reston, Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member
Photos also by Diane Jenkins, Friends of Robinson Gardens Fellow Member