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Containers for bouquet makers.

Containers for bouquet makers For gifts, for holiday decorating, and just for fun, here are some fresh-looking bouquet containers. They come in materials, sizes, and shapes that suit contemporary trends in floral design.

Natural-looking materials are especially popular today, from stone basins to twiggy baskets. To make the basket shown above look even more rustic, we used raffia to tie slender curly willow (about $3 a branch) to its thick branch handle. You can create similar effects with fresh, supple prunings from garden plants such as birch, fruit trees, or grapevines.

For arrangers who love the jungly exuberance of exotics or the expansive bounty of cottage-style bouquets, conventional vases often aren't big enough. The tall container above is an extra-long pasta jar. Big bouquets are easier to manage when the container's bottom is broad or heavy enough to stay balanced when full, so many arrangers choose wide-based pitchers and crocks. You can easily balance a tall, slender container by centering heavy plant materal, as we did above, or by filling the bottom with heavy rock.

Mini-bouquets are practical little pick-me-ups that you can tuck almost anywhere. Even when flowers and foliage are sparse, you can almost always find enough for a mini. Put one beside the telephone, or let five or more dance down your table. Choose containers designed for such use, like the ones shown here, or collect a whimsical mix of herb bottles, tiny teacups, or votive candle holders.

You can find these or similar containers at gardening shops, florists, import stores, and some nurseries. Except for the basket, containers shown are available by mail from either Gardener's Eden, Box 7307, San Francisco 94120, (415) 421-4555; or Smith & Hawken, 25 Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Calif. 94941, 383-2000. Both catalogs are free.
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