To make the base of the garland that runs down the center of the table, Carole cut blocks of florist foam in half lengthwise. Then for added support, she wrapped pieces of chicken wire around the florist foam. She saturated the pieces of florist foam with water and placed them in plastic trays that protect the table surface from moisture.
Carole shortened the flower stems to about 3 inches and inserted them into the florist foam. The green flowers she used include cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, bells-of-Ireland, ‘Kermit’ mums, ‘Jade’ roses, gladiolus, lady’s-mantle, and ‘Lenten’ rose. She also studded the arrangement with hypericum berries and blades of variegated liriope inserted into florist water picks. Carole arranged the flower-covered blocks of foam down the center of the dining table and then added tall square candles and groupings of votives at intervals.