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The Abundant Table

Magazine article Sunset

The Abundant Table

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PLUCK FRUITS FROM YOUR GARDEN AND ADD A FEW FLOWERS FOR A TABLE DECORATION AS RICH AS A STILL-LIFE PAINTING

Grand holiday dinners call for equally grand centerpieces. The three arrangements on these pages were created by floral designers who drew their inspiration from Della Robbia sculptures, Flemish art, and nature. They combine fruit and foliage that you might find growing in your own backyard this time of year. Or you can substitute fruit from the grocery store. (For maximum freshness assemble your centerpiece no more than one day before your dinner.)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA haravest

"This is mv version of Della Robbia, but it's less contrived, more spontaneous," says designer Jeffrey Adair of J Floral Art in Menlo Park. "The fruit isn't evenly spaced, and the design is more naturalistic." Adair created the elongated triangle arrangement with acacia, camellia, juniper, privet, redwood, and sumac foliage. Lady apples, persimmons, pomegranates, red 'Comice' pears, and walnuts provide the color and drama.

PACIFIC NORTH WEST native

west's foliage inspire the designs of Bud Gulbranson of R. …

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