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Creating a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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It’s the tail end of the growing season; time for cutting back, pulling out, bedding down. And thinking about making an arrangement with those worthy leftovers from the garden. 

So, with Thanksgiving in mind, I’ve created a brief “how to” video which will hopefullly inspire you to pull together your own table centerpiece for this celebratory day. It’s a real hands-on endeavor, filmed in my mudroom amidst all my containers and garden notebooks after I’d been out foraging. So much is to be found at this time of the year, my favorite season of all. Here is what I included in my pumpkin (which is hollowed out and lined with a plastic container).

Plant List

 Belamcanda chinensis
Rose ‘Julia Child’
Angelica gigas

Clematis paniculata
Coleus ‘Saturn’

Everything from the blue-gray curly leaves of kale to seed pods of the belamcanda chinensis (love that mouthful…otherwise known as “blackberry lily”) to pokeweed. Does this not say FALL? And of course the bright, blousy dahlias that are a gift to any autumn garden.

It’s a great project for the young ones, too! 

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

5 thoughts on “Creating a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

  1. I love using a pumpkin as the container. Lovely arrangement, Bettie, honoring the end of the growing season with a beautiful finale! Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful. We have company coming in for the week of, so busy busy around our house.

  2. Oh that is lovely! My flowers are long gone as winter has settled in. Could buy some fresh cut flowers and make something like this though! Very creative and beautiful!

  3. Bettie,
    Love this centerpiece, the colors are stunning, perfect for a Thanksgiving table. Thank you for sharing it. A happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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