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By Tamara Ferguson on Nov 02, 2017 10:22 am

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and because my family is divided throughout the Midwest, it’s easier for most of us to get together then as opposed to Christmas. Fall foliage makes for a brilliant display here in Illinois, and decorating for the holidays is a pretty big thing in our area of the country. So, as both a former wholesale and retail florist, I’m sharing some methods for preserving greens. PRESERVING FALL FOLIAGE Glycerin/Water Method keeps the leaves fairly flexible. This preserving method works because the natural moisture present in the leaves is replaced by the glycerin solution, maintaining the leaf’s texture and form. Glycerin Water Flat pan or disposable plates A weight or something to keep leaves submerged Leaves Mix the glycerin and water so that it is one part glycerin and two parts water. You only need enough to submerge the leaves — about one cup. Pour the solution into a flat pan, place the leaves in the solution, and then put the weight on the leaves to keep them submerged. (Tip: try using two Styrofoam or other disposable plates. Put leaves and enough glycerin solution to just lightly cover the leaves in the bottom of one Continue Reading →

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