In the depths of winter I love to amuse myself with flower crafts. Winter weather allows you the time indoors to pull out the craft box and let that inner artist dance around. A snowy weekend afternoon is perfect for this - after the prerequisite smoked salmon benedict brunch and nap under the covers. Revived, you can pull out easy, inexpensive ingredients and spend time off immersed in the colors of summer. Fun to do with the kids, also. I loved watching the concentration exerted by my macho nephews when we made floral candles for Christmas gifts one year.
This fun activity does, however, require preparation. During the spring, summer and fall growing seasons you can treasure hunt for flowers, leaves, mosses, basically anything with an interesting shape and texture that can be pressed between the pages of a telephone book. It’s simple to go beyond the basic pansy and burgundy fall leaves to create something really interesting and unique.
Part of the reason working with pressed flowers is so much fun is that it is so accessible. No specialized equipment is required and the results are amazingly satisfying. It’s lovely to play with delicate flowers when the landscape is buried in snow and with minimal skills you can create something truly delightful.
Join instructor Susan Evans for some winter fun in her class, Pressed Flower Arts, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Gardens. Spend an enjoyable morning creating masterpieces with pressed flowers. Participants make bookmarks, cards and two kinds of flower candles to take home. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. All materials, handout and refreshments are included. Register online or call 720-865-3580.
GUEST BLOGGER: SUSAN EVANS, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Susan has been working with plants for more than 25 years and is experienced in all aspects of gardening - from design and plant selection to medicinal and nutritional applications. As owner of Chrysalis Herbs, Susan provides herb walks and classes on cooking, gardening, edible and medicinal wild plants and crafting with wild and cultivated herbs.