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Here’s an idea for a summer garden party centerpiece that will be more than a backdrop to your meal. At the peak of summer, it’s now time to take the traditional floral design a step further and style an arrangement using other seasonal produce.
What is more lovely and fresh than succulent raspberries and blackberries, peaches, royal purple eggplant, dwarf yellow zucchini, and multi-colored peppers? Even for those of us who don’t have our own gardens, local farmers’ markets across Montreal offer a selection of heirloom vegetables which may be more appropriate to a floral arrangement than the typical supermarket varieties. Not only will their vibrant colors underline an already festive arrangement, their unique shapes and textures promise to add a new dimension to a floral design. I suggest a centerpiece with peach lilies, hot pink gerbera daisies and green hydrangea with deep eggplant, peaches and raspberries thrown in the mix. Or still yet, pale yellow lysianthus, orange dahlias and roses, and deep red anemone with miniature hot red peppers, figs and yellow heirloom tomatoes. And while we’re at it, why not throw in some fresh herbs like rosemary, mint and thyme as fragrant green filler? Unlike many varieties of oriental lilies, stock or freesia whose fragrance may take away from the food, the aroma of fresh herbs at the dinner table is sure to enhance any dish. So there you have it; a centerpiece of fresh cut flowers and local fruits, vegetables and herbs that makes use of dynamic colors, textures and aromas is sure to awaken all the senses!
All our fruits and vegetables were purchased at local Montreal markets.