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Pumped-Up Pumpkins & Great Gourds


Nothing says "Fall" more than decorating with pumpkins and gourds, and they add an autumn elegance to any home. Even if you don't have time to carve a pumpkin, you can use them in Fall decorations from late September through Thanksgiving. KCFM asked three local florists, White Oaks Florist, Log Cabin Florist, and Garden District Flowers, to design a Fall arrangement using pumpkins or gourds and share some of their decorating tips for this season.

Whether you are using a Fall floral arrangement for a dramatic focal point over your fireplace or incorporating smaller arrangements into a tablescape, the styles of the season should reflect warmth and welcome to all friends and guests. Organic and natural items like pumpkins and gourds are popular this year, says Cheri Fitton, general manager of Log Cabin Florist. She recommends filling up vases with produce items like beans and lentils – things you might already have in your pantry. She also says that it's okay to combine synthetic pieces with real ones. "The possibilities are endless," she says. "Then you can use all the different pieces to incorporate into your tablescape."

When piecing together a tablescape, you can use the fabric on the table to coordinate with the floral arrangement, mini pumpkins and gourds, and your dishes. "Fabrics should accent your floral decorations to bring out the color of the arrangement," says Jami Graham, owner of White Oaks Florist.

Also this season, designers are using varying textures and heights to make their pieces more interesting. Don't be afraid to experiment with designs and think outside the box. "Whatever your imagination comes up with, you can create it," says Jim Daniel, designer at White Oaks Florist.

Do-it-yourselfers can buy single flowers through these floral shops and pay a "designer" price that is less than if the flowers came in an arrangement. Log Cabin Florist even offers monthly workshops on design techniques and floral arranging.

FALL COLORS:

Jewel tones, Earth tones – Butternut, Cranberry, Sienna, Pumpkin, Deep Fall Red, Cream, Rust, Butterscotch, Sunflower Yellow, Burgundy, and Terra Cotta. Daniel says that it's okay to add a contrasting color to the Fall palette. "I like to accent with purple, because it makes everything pop and standout," he says. "It's a totally different color, opposite on the color wheel."

VASE FILLERS:

twigs, pinecones, acorns, nuts, lentils, different grains of rice, beans. Cheri suggests adding a pumpkin-colored candle or a flower like a Gerber Daisy or Sunflower in the center of the vases.

ACCENTS:

small pumpkins, gourds, crooked neck squash, confetti, pheasant feathers, peacock feathers, fall leaves, pinecones, wheat, cat's tails, pods, and candles

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