Rittners School Of Floral Design
In Boston Presents....

Making A Funky Mound

Here is a mound shaped design, but very unlike the typical telegraph organization mound popularized through the years.

It is very easy to make, yet quite distinctive in appearance.

This design consists of a variety of flowers.....a nice combination of roses, carnations, larkspur, lisianthus, nigella and lilies.

Unlike classical placements, these flowers are sectioned into the arrangement.

The completed design is then garnished with a wild combination of decorative wire and flower jewelry. The overall effect provides a new look and dimension to this arrangement.

This is obviously not your Dad's mound!!!

The container used in this design is a plastic base with a silver finish. It is a terrific imitation of a Revere Bowl. The advantage of this kind of base is that it gives a very rich, expensive look, yet is quite reasonable in price.

Add foam to the base.

Let's cover our mechanics with a combination of baker fern and moss.

Starting at the bottom of the container, and gradually working towards the top, let's place clusters of various flowers in place. This design tends to require a large number of blossoms, especially where they are placed in tight sections all up against each other.

This design is not one sided. Flowers are placed in clusters all the way around.

Complete filling in with flowers. Notice the addition of lilies and at the bottom, some nigella.

We could stop our designing at this stage, and we'd have a very lovely and interesting piece of floral art.....


There is no need to use any additional foliage or moss to cover the base, for the flowers themselves are covering the mechanics.

After the flowers are placed, let's take some decorative wire and weave it through the top of the arrangement.

Then, to make our texture even more complex, weave additional strands of flower jewelry through the design.

Rich in content, visually complex and appealing, the classical mound shape is transformed into a design appropriate for 21st century tastes!

We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At Rittners Floral School in Boston our instruction ranges from classical to cutting edge!!! Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!

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