Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Garden-Inspired Teacher Gift

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung

I love honoring our teachers with a gift of flowers at the end of the school year, presented in a container they can reuse throughout the summer. This year's trip to Jasmine Hill Gardens inspired this gift for the women who have so faithfully planted seeds of knowledge this year and helped my children bloom.

To make an arrangement like the one above, cut floral foam to fit a garden pail (ours came from Hobby Lobby). Soak the foam according to package directions, then wedge the foam into the pail. Cut fresh flower stems at an angle, and insert them into the wet foam. Tuck moss around the stems to camouflage the foam, and tie a card expressing thanks to the pail to complete the gift.

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