Step-by-Step Instructions for a Modern Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement

Photo by: Steven Torres
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 7:48 PM EST

Create your own harvest-inspired floral arrangement with our step-by-step instructions

Florist Michael George, the artistic director of FlowerSchool New York, designed this contemporary harvest-themed tablescape for Thanksgiving. The key is using multiple vessels in varying shapes, sizes, and colors to hold a mix of flowers, herbs, vegetables, and seedpods. The arrangement is inspired by what you might find at the market or in your own backyard, so anything you can collect in abundance will work-you just need plenty of each element.

Despite the number of flowers and vases involved, this look is quite simple to execute. To get started, use the step-by-step guide that follows. Once you understand the guiding principles, have fun creating your own arrangements using what you have readily at hand.

Floral design by Michael George; Text by Lauren Salkeld; photos by Steven Torres

Michael George is a second-generation florist known for his modern and minimalist approach to flowers-his signature arrangements are both monochromatic and monofloral. George is the artistic director of FlowerSchool New York and the author of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George.

Founded by Eileen Johnson, FlowerSchool New York offers all levels of flower-arranging instruction. Classes are taught by world-renowned florists, including Michael George, Chris Giftos, Remco van Vliet, and Cas Trap.

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