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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Floral Art Horticultural Show: Kitchen Garden

Detail of my Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show 2009

Kitchen Garden 2

Detail of my Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show

Brussels Sprouts in the Kitchen Garden

Brussels sprouts in the Kitchen Garden design

Detail of my Kitchen Garden design

I fell in love with these tiny Shiitake Mushrooms. They are just magical. The best part of all is that they also dry fantastically so you can re-use them.

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30 March 2011 Mud balls

How to cover Styrofoam, plastic, oasis and fibreglass balls with mud.

13 April 2012 Drying Mushrooms for Floral Art

I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.

15 February 2012 Wire and bend foliage

Wire and bend foliage in any shape

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

Favourite Flowers




Chrysanthemum or "mums"



Lentinula edodes

Shiitake Mushrooms

Related Designs

10 March 2012 To have your centerpiece... and eat it too

This was my design for The Capilano Flower Arranging Club workshop. We were exploring designs using all things edible: fruit, vegetables and a bit of herbs.

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

31 August 2016 Leftovers

Using bits and snippets to create an everlasting moss and succulent design

10 January 2024 Snow Glitters and Mossy Glimmers

A glimmer is the opposite of a trigger... a little uplift. For this design I am lifting up my happiness by starting a tiny mossarium... but enjoying it as a design while it is in...