John Anderson of Anderson’s Flowers, in business since 1953, spoke enthusiastically about elements of fall arrangements.
“Fall leaves are always really popular,” he said. “We like to use mums, yellow and orange roses, sunflowers and hypericum, especially in red. You want bright, rich colors. We can use cattails, wheat and other dried materials. Container-wise, you can do anything. A lot of people like baskets because it’s a country look. Sometimes we use pumpkin containers for Halloween and Thanksgiving, too. From time to time, people will ask for a cornucopia (basket) with a fresh arrangement in it. It’s nice to have a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, and you don’t have to spend $100.”
Twigs & Twine
At Twigs & Twine, “we pride ourselves on things that are a bit different,” said Laura Woofter, owner of this 3-year-old
sister store to Paper Allure.
For autumn floral creations, “we like to use berries, fruit, air plants and succulents with the addition of some fall favorites,” Woofter said. “We use sunflowers, mums, Billy balls and a lot of foliage such as agonis. All the girls (who work) here have small gardens, and we like to use flowers we grow ourselves. For containers, we like to get a feel for what our clients like. We use a lot of birch for fall, and a lot of rustic metals.”
Mums are big business at Rice’s Nursery, a local operation since 1941. Between its retail, landscaping and commercial operations, Rice’s sells about 3,000 chrysanthemums each fall, all grown on premises. They typically are available in about 10 colors.
“They’re not that difficult to grow, but we give them a lot of tender loving care, ample water and fertilizer to keep that healthy root system going,” Julie Crawford said. Mums are sold starting in mid-August. “We want them at peak blooming state by the end of August. They typically will get you through the September-October blooming period. The cooler the weather, the longer they bloom
413 12th St. NW, Canton | 330-452-4077 | johnandersonsflowers.com
Twigs & Twine
5562 Fulton Dr. NW (in 91 Plaza), Jackson Twp. | 330-499-3350 | paperallure.net
1651 55th St. NE, Plain Twp. | 330-499-9622 | ricesnursery.com