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Bert Ford Honors Holliston With His Last Performance

by Paul Saulnier
November 13, 2017

Bert Ford, pictured above before his demonstration of Fall and Christmas displays, is making Holliston his last appearance.

In addition to Holliston residents and neighbors, garden clubs from Sherborn, Medfield, Foxboro and Greenfield were represented in the audience.

Entertainment was provided by the Night Owls. They will be performing at Jasper Hill Cafe next Friday, November 17, 2017. They were the winners of the Massachusetts Blues Society's Challenge & 2016 Massachusetts Representatives at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN

Above, each one of the small bags represents a raffle item donated by supporters of the Holliston Garden club. In addition all the displays created by Bert Ford were raffled off (more on that later).

Volunteers in the kitchen made sure there was plenty of coffee and punchless punch (if you know what I mean) available to go with an unbelievable assortment of home made treats.

Above, Melissa Beers and Trista Ashok, co-presidents of the Holliston Garden Club, welcomed quests, visiting garden clubs and introduced Bert Ford, the owner of Ford Flower Company of Salem, New Hampshire and renowned floral designer.

Ford said that he "was a product of the sixties, a frugal Yankee". He said that the theme will be Christmas and little Thanksgiving and thanked the veterans for their service. His first display started with what he called a bird's nest and will be designed to hang on a wall. He advised that table center pieces should be no taller than the distance between your elbow and the start of your finger so you can see Aunt Martha sitting across the table.

This could also be placed on the dining table even though it is tall you can see through the it. Another tip: cut flowers in an arrangement should always be in odd numbers. If you only have two, place them in different vertical alignments.

His second creation is a swag designed to be hung on a door. The pine cone is from southern California. Ford entertained the crowd with some insight into the nursery business. He can place an order for cut flowers from Holland. They will be cut the next day and be delivered the day after that.

Ford next started with a wreath made of pieces of wood tied and glued together. He used a hot glue and wire on all the creations.

A concrete bowl with foam glued inside, a gold painted tree branch and moss he scraped off the north side of a tree was the basis of Ford's next project.

Tall but you can still see Aunt Martha.

A roll of burlap normally used to wrap shrubs in the winter formed the basis of this table or hanging arrangement. He wrapped it into a conical shape with a piece of foam stuffed into the open end to receive the elements.

The first of 4 small lots with a Christmas theme.

Starting with a standard wreath, Ford added a coil of branches to highlight a circular them and then added the berries leaning in the same direction to give the wreath a sense of motion. Another tip: when buying items with berries, squeeze the berries. If they are hard, don't but them as they won't last.

Ford spent some time explaining how to tie bows and how to blend colors of ribbon with the display.

This creation will follow a vertical theme with a radial pattern. Put this one on the dinner table if you don't want to see Aunt Martha.

Another tip: tulips continue to grow after being cut so remember to check the layout a day later as the tulips will have moved around some.

At the conclusion of the presentation Bert Ford was given a standing ovation.

Tony Lulec, above right, emceed the raffle.

Martha Pellegrino, a member of the Holliston Garden Club, was excited to win one of Ford's creations.

And Yours Truly won this arrangement which hangs prominently on the hay loft door.

 

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Comments (2)

You captured the spirit of the evening perfectly. A yearly high lite for the garden club. Thanks to the many local merchants who contributed to our raffle and enjoyment. Grateful for Holliston Reporter support. Liz

- Liz theiler | 11/14/17 1:42 PM

Perfect! It's as if Bert made that arrangement just for that space.

- Mary Ellen Harm | 11/13/17 11:09 AM

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