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Fresh For Spring

Posted on 04/24/2014 by Holly Clark

According to George Vanderbilt’s great-grandson Bill Cecil, spring is always a favorite season at his family’s estate.

“I like seeing the grounds wake up from winter,” Bill said. “Biltmore looks like my great-grandfather and Frederick Law Olmsted, the estate’s landscape architect, envisioned with all the gardens, grass and trees in full color. Warmer weather is a welcome change and the Spring Garden, Azalea Garden and Shrub Garden offer a wide range of color before and after the tulips in the Walled Garden have put on their best show.”

A Favorite Spring Floral Arrangement


We love all those spring blooms, too, so we decided to celebrate the season by creating an easy arrangement that harmonizes with any décor. We developed a stunning centerpiece that evokes the fresh feeling of spring with a classic blue-and-white theme, anchored in one of our estate-inspired tin containers. We added pretty pops of color through the use of greenery and graceful peacock feathers, plus a decorative egg-filled bird’s nest as a special nod to spring.

Fresh Materials
Biltmore tin container
Floral oasis (for cut flowers)
Blue spring Dutch iris
Caspia
Cream stock
Pittosporum (we used a potted version in this arrangement)
White roses
White hydrangea
Peacock feathers
Decorative bird nest with eggs

To create a fresh arrangement like this one, cut a piece of floral oasis foam to fit snugly inside your container. Soak it well, then begin adding flowers and greenery.

Tip: you can create an equally pretty arrangement by using small potted plants (or even permanent botanicals) rather than freshly cut flowers. Choose green and flowering plants of different heights for texture and interest, and add pieces of Styrofoam to lift some pots higher than others.

Floral arrangement shown in our Biltmore-inspired tin container.

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