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Silver Fancy Garden Club shares tips for teacups

Joyce Bruchey and Susie Heck demonstrate how to create a teacup floral arrangement at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center Feb. 17.
Joyce Bruchey and Susie Heck demonstrate how to create a teacup floral arrangement at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center Feb. 17. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

The Silver Fancy Garden Club added a splash of color to winter by presenting a floral workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds Saturday at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

The club provided all the supplies needed for the youths to create teacup flower arrangements to take home.

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"We chose flowers that last," said club member Joyce Bruchey, who led the class. "We also looked for flowers that were inexpensive and smaller flowers to match the teacup's size."

According to club President Lynn Walter, the flowers were purchased from a wholesaler in Baltimore and the teacups from the Westminster Goodwill store. "Joyce is the queen of finding containers for cheap," Walter said with a smile.

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The group of 13 girls watched intently as Bruchey, Walter and member Marjorie Zent demonstrated the best way to put together a teacup flower arrangement.

Bruchey showed them how to cut smaller stems from larger stalks and place them into oasis that was already in the teacups.

Oasis is designed to retain water for the flowers and hold stems in place.

Bruchey showed the children how to judge the height of a flower before cutting by holding it upside-down next to the teacup and snipping. "Cut at an angle so it absorbs more water," she said.

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"Watch how she sizes each flower's height to match the container," said Walter. "You don't want it too tall in a tiny cup."

"This is called greening in," Bruchey said. She added pieces of fern evenly around the edge of her teacup. "You want to fill in the gaps so the oasis doesn't show.

"I like the [flower] in the center to be a little taller than the others," Bruchey added.

In assigned groups, the children approached tables holding buckets of flowers. Each chose the ingredients for her arrangement.

"I like these colors because they remind me of Valentine's Day," said 10-year-old Jean Pembroke, of Emmitsburg, who was born close to Valentine's Day. She held up a handful of red and white flowers.

Nine-year-old Grace Blanchart, of Emmitsburg, stuck three daisies in her arrangement. "These look like little triplets," she said, smiling.

"Sometimes you just want to get your hands in there," Bruchey said, "but you can't. You have to let them do it on their own." Thirty-nine years as a teacher in Frederick County prepared Bruchey well for teaching workshops.

"They didn't need much help," Zent said. It was her first time helping at a workshop. "I suggested a few things and the kids were good about it."

"They followed directions well," Bruchey agreed. "You can suggest they fill in that space or add a taller flower, but sometimes they have strong opinions. They know what they want."

The Silver Fancy Garden Club, which meets monthly, has been active in Taneytown and Emmitsburg for almost 55 years. "Some months we have speakers, other months we take field trips," said Walter. "We meet in member homes or at public venues."

Club members frequently host workshops for kids and adults. The day before the library program, members were at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center, working with seniors on teacup flower arrangements.

Eleven-year-old Karla Stonesifer, of Taneytown, was among those who participated in the club's program at the library. She had definite plans for her teacup flower arrangement. "I'm going to put mine on the dining room table," she said, "and give it to my mom."

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