Magazine article Sunset

Islands Wreath

Magazine article Sunset

Islands Wreath

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It's long-lasting and easy to make from anthuriums

Waxy anthuriums may suggest steamy tropics, but when you combine them to make a wreath like the one pictured at left (and featured on page 84), they say happy holidays in a refreshingly Hawaiian way. Many florists and markets sell tropical blooms and foliage, or you can order them directly from the Islands (see page 68).

Anthurium Wreath

TIME: 1 1/2 hours

COST: $150

MATERIALS

* 15-inch florist's foam wreath base with plastic backing

* 6 stems medium-size red anthuriums

* 3 stems green anthuriums

* 27 stems `Madame Butterfly' obake anthuriums

* Florist's clippers or knife

* stems horsetail

* 20-inch length of wood-covered wire or natural raffia

* 4 wood florist's picks (2 1/2 in.) with wire attached

* 2 stems dracaena leaves

* 12 stems bear grass

DIRECTIONS

1. Soak wreath base in water for 30 minutes. Hang it outdoors to drain, about 30 minutes.

2. Soak anthuriums (flowers and stems) in water for 15 minutes. …

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