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driedflowers_featured

It is our tradition in the Episcopal Church to use fresh flowers. That is not to say that we can’t combine them or enhance them with dried or treated plant material. It’s an inexpensive way to increase your supply of flowers and foliage [...]

DAGmtg

Questions are often asked regarding the need for or purpose of a diocesan altar guild. You will be surprised how many resources you can provide [...]

SacristyDoor

Most altar guilds share the problems of recruiting, training and retaining members and are increasingly venturing beyond their sacristies to bring the altar guild ministry into the congregation [...]

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What is the protocol for using colored embroidery on linens? Where should the inscription go on vessels or paraments? Send us your questions and we’ll find the answers [...]

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Hopefully, this brief step-by-step description of one of our most successful arrangements will be easy to do and excite your imagination with all the variations you can use […

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In many denominations, flowers are removed totally from the church and instead are replaced by green foliage during Advent. There are however, always exceptions to the rule [...]

OneWritersGarden_featured

Eudora Welty’s Home Place seems just the right book for those of us who love flowers and who are contented with the simple garden made beautiful by that love [...]

Door wreath for spring wedding

Wedding flowers at the altar or chapel are an important statement for wedding ceremonies. When you first meet with the bride and groom or partners to discuss the church flowers for their wedding, be sure to ask three important questions [...]

Hawthorn

Tips from a top florist on how to create magnificent church flower arrangements without breaking the bank [...]

LentEasterFlower

The Episcopal Church’s most important liturgical season is the one that starts on Shrove Tuesday and ends on Easter Sunday — filled with liturgical music, altar flowers (or lack thereof), vestments and altar cloths that reflect the passion, suffering, mystery and, ultimately, the ecstasy of the Christ [...]

Christmas-tide arrangement

Special seasonal interest on the altar helps to unite the time of year with the many church celebrations of the Episcopal church year [...]

Whimsical sea elements in arrangement for hom sideboard or entry hall

Designing flower arrangements for our altars is a very special call. But when communion is being served, the celebrant and others need room to bless and administer the sacrament without interference from the arrangements around it [...]

flowerguild

As summer ends, it is a good time to collect dry material in the fields for use as fillers during the fall and winter. This is also a good time to recruit new members [...]

weddingbinder

Weddings can be the most exciting and frustrating times in the lives of couples about to be married. They can also be the most exciting and frustrating times in the lives of altar guilds, particularly if the parish doesn’t have a “wedding customary” [...]

cutting_garden

For those who design floral arrangements for your church and wish to grow your own materials, consider these factors when establishing cutting gardens [...]

Epiphanyflowers

Epiphany is so soon after Christmas that often your plants are still usable. Epiphany asks for white and gold, a nice change after the reds of Christmas, but any color goes since the liturgical one is green. It’s a good season to train new, and veteran, members [...]

Adventflowers

For me the most joyous years are those when Advent I is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. At Washington National Cathedral, after turkey dinners and turkey soup, we dismantle all of the golds and oranges and reds, replacing them with [...]

fallflowersdrying

Summer ends and the majority of the flowers fade. Now is the time to collect seedpods, grasses with plumes and leaves [...]

HolyWeekFlowers

Holy week requires a diversity of arrangements in just one week [...]