Amazing tips on using veggies and fruits in floral designs

Aren’t mixing fruits and vegetables into a table decor so enchanting? It feels earthy and special. Plus, the textures of vegetables add so much to a design. You may not know this, but any time you create flower arrangements using vegetables and fruits, you are bringing a “Della Robbia”  design into your world. 

What is a Della Robbia floral design? “Floral designs made mostly or entirely from fruits and vegetables are called Della Robbia designs, named after a family of Italian sculptors in the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries,” explains Texas master florist Beth O’Reilly. “This type of design not only has history, but it is also great for entertaining and quite a conversation piece.”  

For holidays I often sprinkle vegetables on a base of moss to create that effect and add flowers too. In fact, it has become my design signature. 

Former White House florist and author Laura Dowling lectures on how this decor style is not limited to indoor designs. “The Della Robbia wreath is a timeless motif that is perfect for holiday decor outside,” she says. “I often use a mix of seasonal fruit and berries — and even more unusual things like potatoes and onions — to create my own interpretation of the style, which is so inspirational.”  

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