Notes from the Field: Pumpkins Go Beyond Halloween

November 4, 2013

Text by Karin Lidbeck Brent

Now that Halloween is over, you may find yourself with a few un-carved pumpkins. There’s no need to discard them. The fall season is far from over and November is the perfect time for using pumpkins for something more than just a pretty Jack-O-lantern.

Floral arranging is one of my greatest passions and I find using pumpkins as my go-to vessel creates center stage arrangements during fall.

Pumpkins are watertight so you can place the water directly inside. To avoid decay over longer display periods, add a jar or wet oasis into the pumpkin.

A large, flat shaped pumpkin like this Cinderella pumpkin makes a great container to house a glass hurricane.  I used miniature tropicals sold for terrariums that are perfect for this project along with moss dug up in the yard.

Photograph by Michael Partenio

For more floral arranging and entertaining ideas for the holiday, visit my blog: yourcozyhome.blogspot.com.