Floral designer Christi Lopez of Bergerons Flowers in Springfield, Virginia, will be the featured designer at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Joslyn Peonies in Homer, Alaska, Aug. 3.
Guests can count on Lopez to bring her contemporary garden style to the tablescapes and other arrangements at the event, along with a love for peonies and a respect for the American flower farmers that grow them.
“I’m excited to return to Alaska where just last year I was able to experience the amazing peonies and meet the farmers as part of a field trip with other designers,” Lopez shares. “I fell in love with the peony farmers and with Alaska.”
And although she doesn’t know yet what peony colors she’ll be working with, she’s heard that a big harvest is expected this year – and that’s great news for dinner guests who can’t get enough of these glorious blooms!
“They’re big, fat, audacious blooms and they make it easy to create a garden-style look that’s a pleasing and popular part of today’s floral design trends,” Lopez says.
Expect multiple vessels overflowing with just-picked peonies and natural elements from the environment to give an Alaskan feel, Lopez describes.
“It’s the colors and the heavy petal essence of the bloom that enamors people,” Lopez says. “And the best part is that I’ll be designing with these blooms at a time of year when no one else around the world grows them. Having access to that is amazing!”
The popularity of peonies and Lopez’s design aesthetic means that the remaining 20 seats for this dinner will go fast!