Friday, September 24, 2010

VanDusen's Dried Flower Sale

 "...At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds."  Rainer Maria Rilke
VanDusen Botanical Garden
This fantastic scenery from VanDusen Garden inspired me to capture the beauty I saw

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street in Vancouver and was officially opened to the public on August 30, 1975.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Orientation Map

Usually the volunteers pick and dry flowers from their more than 7000 varieties of plants from gardens, and make arrangements to sell at the Garden Shop, but two days, September 25-26 in Entrance Pavilion between 10am to 4 pm will be VanDusen's Dried Flower Sale. The centerpieces of dried flowers sale will be Thanksgiving and Autumn wreaths of vibrant fall colors made from materials gathered in the Garden.

The early fall when it’s not as cold and peaceful autumn smell it in the air...This induces me an overwhelming nostalgia of something fragrant. I will try to find some marigold flowers or other flowers that keeps their color if are dried, to bring the smell of autumn in my house, too.
How to make "The smell of Autumn"  potpourri using dried scented pelargonium leaves and dried flowers
    * 3 dried marigold flower heads
    * 1/2 cup cloves
    * 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
    * 1/2 cup Juniper berries
    * 1 cup orange peel cut into pieces
    * 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
    * nutmeg scented pelargonium leaves and flowers (Pelargonium Fragrans,  Snowy Nutmeg)
    * orange scented pelargonium leaves and flowers (Pelargonium Citrosum, Prince of Orange)
    * peppermint scented pelargonium leaves and flowers (Pelargonium Tomentosum, Peppermint Rose)
    * oak scented pelargonium leaves and flowers (Pelargonium Quercifolium, Royal Oak, Almond Geranium)

You can try to do similar potpourri to bring a scent of autumn in your home, too.


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