Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Dried Flowers

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By the looks of the forecast, our beautiful days of Indian summer are quickly coming to an end.  October is bittersweet for me – I enjoy the crisp, cool air and autumn’s bright colors but the change of seasons also means snow is quick to follow!  

To help me get through the winter months (and to remind me that summer will come again!), I often dry big bunches of flowers to hang in my office, arrange in vases or even use in wreaths/holiday decorations.  This year, I have collected red gomphrena, gold celosia and a rosy-pink hydrangea.

There is no real science to drying flowers.  When the gardens are dry, I collect my favorite flowers in bunches and hang from the shelf in my office (I have found that it often works best to remove all leaves first).  If a batch starts to look bad (some flowers just don’t dry pretty!), I pitch them and try again – it’s all about experimenting!

If you are interested in learning more about drying flowers, I encourage you to read this article I found at http://www.gardenguides.com.   http://www.gardenguides.com/123-drying-flowers.html 

See you in the gardens


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

October 28, 2010 at 6:00 am

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  1. I have been looking for help in drying things from the garden and yard. I found this tips for drying flowers. I thought you might find it helpful as well. Thanks for the link.


    November 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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