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T HIS P AS T J ANUARY we spent the afternoon inspired by the sweet whimsical styles of Sarah Winward. Here, the Salt Lake City native shares her flower recipe for success when crafting large vase arrangements. What inspires your design aesthetic? We’re a bit obsessed! SW: I am inspired by the outdoors. I love all of the different regional flowers and foliage, and love watching them change with the seasons. It is the textures and color combinations that are constantly changing in nature that really ignite the passion for flowers in me. I love that nature is wild, and unapologetic. I try to show a bit of that in my work. I like lots of different varieties in an arrangement, and I like them to have a fairly loose shape so that they look like they are still close to the garden that they came from. What is it about large vase arrangements that sets your heart aflutter? SW: You can go wild! It really does take giant branches off of a tree to make a big arrangement. I usually have to forage for the branches that become the outermost edges of a large arrangement. However, Florabundance found great branch and bloom material to work with for this design session. I like that the shapes of these end up being crazy, because you really have to work to your material. I always seek out foliage that has a nice leaf shape, but also has a nice branch shape. And in these large arrangements you really get to showcase that shape instead of being restricted to more round, fluffy flowers like you would be in a smaller centerpiece. Do you have preferred urns or containers that you think work best? SW: I like working with footed vessels because I think it is nice to see your flowers elevated and then isolated above the surface they are on. It also gives them more of an opportunity to spill over the edge. Let’s get down to business! What are the secrets to large vase arrangement success? SW: Let’s! I love teaching! f lu t t e r m ag . c o m 63