Flower arrangements for fall

Published 2:32 pm Friday, October 11, 2013

Greystone Ladies Club president Mechelle Wilder, left, helps Shelayne Thompson (Reporter Photo/Stephanie Brumfield)

Greystone Ladies Club president Mechelle Wilder, left, helps Shelayne Thompson, right, make a flower arrangement at the Greystone Ladies Club luncheon Oct. 9. (Reporter Photo/Stephanie Brumfield)


GREYSTONE – The Greystone Ladies Club hosted Shelayne Thompson, owner of Shelayne’s Botanicals and Holiday Décor, at its monthly luncheon Oct. 9, where Thompson gave members a taste of making flower arrangements.

“I love fall,” said Thompson, cutting and placing flowers in an arrangement as she explained the art of to members. “The colors are so warm, and this is usually the time of year that people think you can use dried or preserved flowers.”

Thompson suggests using high-quality preserved flowers, which have dipped in glycerin to preserve appearance and color, rather than dried flowers. While preserved flowers are often pricier than dried flowers, using them allows arrangements to last for several years before they begin changing, she said.

“But if it has a flower to do with it – real, plastic, whatever – we can do it,” she said.

Customers can purchase full arrangements at Shelayne’s Botanicals, or they can purchase flowers and a container to make the arrangement on their own. Customers also might consider bringing their own containers to save money, Thompson said.

She also suggested reusing containers to make multiple arrangements, using as few packages of flowers as possible and providing her with a budget to help determine the amount of flowers needed for the arrangement.

Thompson’s business is one of about 70 booths located at Greystone Antiques and Marketplace, which is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The marketplace also hosts ladies’ nights on the third Thursday of the month, when hours are extended to 8 p.m.

Thompson said she was attracted to the marketplace because she lives in Greystone, but she also said the Greystone Antiques and Marketplace goes beyond her idea of an antique shop.

“You walk in and you’re wowed,” Thompson said. “There’s a lot of new stuff.”

Vintage items, furniture, florals, gifts and clothing are also sold at Greystone Antiques and Marketplace.

A Christmas Open House will be held Nov. 7 with doors opening at 3 p.m. Refreshments, music and door prizes will be provided from 5-9 p.m.

For more information, visit shelaynes.com or Facebook.com/GreystoneAntiquesAndMarketplace.