Suzanne Balet-Haight taught a wreath making class in her greenhouse on Nelson Avenue Extension this morning using the sunflowers grown in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
It was great fun and each person’s wreath came out very different. There were Adirondack style wreaths, country cottage wreaths, and even a very elegant wreath.
What did they all had in common? Sunflowers and lots of them.
Suzanne, an excellent teacher, showed everyone the proper way to attach the sunflowers using 22 gauge wire. She demonstrated making bows with grasses and how to secure different flowers she had on hand to the grapevine wreaths. Participants used marigolds, amaranths, Dallas blue grass, cedar, statice, sedums and more.
Lots of Fun and Beautiful, Too
She began by demonstrating how to make floral sprays to attach to the wreath. Everyone in the class heard the same instructions, but the results were an individual as the participants. A truly creative experience.
Suzanne teaches floral decorating and wreath making throughout our area. She has taught classes on creating Christmas and hydrangea wreaths, and boxwood tree centerpieces. If you’d like to try your hand at one, contact her through her website, Balet Flowers and Greenhouse. She is a talented artist and knowledgeable teacher.
Also, a generous one. The proceeds of the class today were donated to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to put towards the Spring fairy gardens the girl scouts are creating. Thank you, Suzanne for sharing your time and talents.