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Kathy’s Gardening Guide: Celebrate Thanksgiving with flowers


As you prepare your home for Thanksgiving celebrations, remember to include flowers as part of your decor! Use flowers in table centerpieces and arrangements. Be sure to highlight tables, shelves and mantles in all areas where family and friends may gather, such as the entryway, kitchen, living room and dining room. Arrange flowers in vases, hollowed-out pumpkins, baskets or cornucopias. Surround the flowers with candles, pumpkins, fruits, fall-colored leaves, berry branches and other seasonal decor.

Flowers suitable for Thanksgiving arrangements come in bold colors such as yellows, oranges, reds and purples. Consider these popular choices for your Thanksgiving decorations:

  • Sunflowers feature bright, golden petals that stand out in an arrangement. They symbolize joy and gratitude. These cheerful blooms will leave a lasting impression on your guests!
  • Daisies are available in a wide range of colors and have a pleasant scent to add floral notes to your Thanksgiving aromas. Their dainty blooms add a softness to your arrangement and an intimate feeling for your gathering.
  • Asters come in a variety of styles, and their blooms show off slim petals in many colors. They are considered to be a symbol of love and patience.
  • Roses come in a wide range of colors, including purples, oranges and yellows, perfect for the Thanksgiving season. Their timeless elegance has a general appeal and symbolizes romance.
  • Carnations add a soft touch to your holiday decor and will last a long time after cutting. They feature blooms in yellow, red, purple and white suitable for adding to any arrangement. These flowers represent the true meaning of the season.
  • Mums are a traditional fall favorite! These plants feature bountiful blooms in yellows, oranges, reds and whites. Larger plants can stand alone or be a centerpiece for seasonal decor while smaller mums are perfect to include in a bouquet.
  • Calla lilies feature a trumpet-shaped flower that stands out in an arrangement. They are available in a variety of colors including a deep purple tone that provides a contrast to traditional yellows and oranges.

Happy decorating, and have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Flower of the Week: Sunflower

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