Sarah Winward
Photo by Heather Nan

“As aesthetics get more natural and organic, people are more comfortable with dry flowers,” says floral designer Sarah Winward. She’s not talking about yesteryear’s tight wheat shafts and bulky seed pods, but florals and foliage that are more wispy, loose and ethereal—like those displayed in this grouping of simple-yet-stunning arrangements. Winward foraged roadsides for the pink, fuzzy-headed Apache Plume as well as the nondescript “Roadsidea,” as she jokingly refers to the taller, unidentified stems. The designer staged them in petite Judy Jackson vases featuring little openings. “The small mouths allow you to display just one or a few stems, so that you can really appreciate their shapes and textures.” The impact created by multiple containers paired with the simplicity of the dried flowers promises “no fail” arrangements, Winward contends. But, she warns, “Just because they last longer than fresh-cut flowers doesn’t mean they have to be kept for years gathering dust. Think of them as just as special—and as fleeting.”

Sarah Winward, SLC,

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