The Lake Bluff Garden Club recently invited me to give a lecture on creating centerpieces with vegetables and flowers.
Chaired by Sue Hetzel and Corinne Torkelson (my daughter), the event was held at the beautiful Elawa Farm in Lake Forest – and was attended by 60 members. Coming on the heels of the recent photo shoot for Fine Cooking magazine, I felt energized and full of ideas.
Artichokes, a variety of onions, including scallions, ornamental kale, radishes, broccoli, baby eggplants, asparagus and brussel sprouts were soon being placed in the four centerpieces we’d later auction off. Roses and rose hips, hydrangeas, berries and orchids came next, adding color and texture.
I trust the participants left the lecture armed with my “how to” tips and eager to jazz up their Thanksgiving tables.
Thanks to Corinne, a most accomplished professional photographer, for capturing these finished product.
Flowers have always been a way of life for Loretta Stagen. The daughter of two horticulturists, Loretta has been making corsages and bouquets since she was a child.
A professional floral designer for over twenty years, Loretta Stagen provides innovative flower arrangements and party decorations for corporate events, weddings, concerts and theater stages.
She is also a frequent lecturer at garden clubs.