Magazine article Sunset

A "Tree" with a Floral Canopy

Magazine article Sunset

A "Tree" with a Floral Canopy

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prays of goldenrod and purple statice dotted with golden yellow roses form the canopy of this tabletop "tree." The flower stems are kept moist in a block of florist's foam hidden atop a "trunk" formed by a wooden dowel. The dowel is anchored in plaster poured into a terra-cotta pot, allowed to harden, then camouflaged with a layer of sphagnum moss. You can make one pot or several as centerpieces for garden party tables and keep them on hand for fresh arrangements that vary with the seasons.

MATERIALS

Terra-cotta pot, 4 to 5 inches in diameter

Aluminum foil

Plaster of paris ($4 for 4 pounds, enough for 10 trees)

3/4-inch dowel, 12 inches long; sanded on one end to a slightly rounded point

Florist's foam (about $1 for a 4- by 9-inch block, enough for two trees)

Sphagnum moss (a handful)

DIRECTIONS

Mix the plaster according to package directions. …

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