In a Vase on Monday

I have to admit from the get-go that this post breaks all the rules…the foliage and berries aren’t from my garden, the vase doesn’t belong to me, and I didn’t put the two together. Even still, I thought you might enjoy seeing this arrangement made today by Clarice Wilson Garden Club member Nancy Boyd at the Kilgore-Lewis House (c. 1838).

Kilgore-Lewis, home of the Greenville Garden Council of Garden Clubs, serves as a meeting place for the Council and its twenty gardening clubs, as well as a favorite location for events such as weddings and other family celebrations. Earlier today, local garden clubs began to decorate the house for the Christmas holiday and I was on hand to gather tidbits and take photographs for an upcoming gardening column in the Greenville News.

Holiday arrangement takes pride of place in the parlor of the Kilgore-Lewis House.

Holiday arrangement takes pride of place in the parlor of the Kilgore-Lewis House.

Nancy’s handsome floral display is made with American holly (Ilex opaca), ‘Little Gem’ magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), English ivy (Hedera helix), and tall stems of Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) for height.

As in past years, each room of the house is decorated by a different club around a central idea. The theme for 2014 is “A Naturally Festive Christmas.” The Kilgore-Lewis House will be open to the public this Sunday afternoon, December 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., and on the following Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until it closes for the holidays on December 19.

Nancy’s vase was one of the few arrangements completed before I had to depart this morning, but I have more to share and I look forward to returning to K-L tomorrow to see the finished effect.

Be sure to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what others found for their vases today.

9 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday

  1. Marian St.Clair Post author

    Christina–Yes! All fresh materials are used and everyone is hoping the decorations last until they are removed on December 19. I make a few arrangments for my home, but wait until the week of Christmas.

  2. Cathy

    I am guessing the greenery was picked by someone and not bought so that fits the spirit of the meme in that respect – and I am sure all Monday vase bloggers can pick up some ideas from the shape and content so thanks for sharing this Marian


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