Elizabeth Viviano, a fourth generation family member at Viviano Flower Shop, showed Shelby Gardeners Club members how to make their own pumpkin flower design Oct. 8.

Elizabeth Viviano, a fourth generation family member at Viviano Flower Shop, showed Shelby Gardeners Club members how to make their own pumpkin flower design Oct. 8.

Photo provided by the Shelby Gardeners Club

Shelby gardeners learn about pumpkin floral design

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 19, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Gardeners Club welcomed the fall season with a pumpkin floral design presentation at its monthly meeting Oct. 8.

The meeting’s highlight was the presentation by Elizabeth Viviano, a fourth-generation family member at Viviano Flower Shop. The presentation was held outdoors at River Bends Park, following COVID-19 regulations.

Viviano’s design featured a pumpkin with fall-colored flowers arranged to make a decoration.

Shelby Gardeners Club Vice President and Programming Chair Linda Pelloni had invited Viviano to make the presentation because Pelloni had a great experience watching a similar presentation in the past.

“When I was a classroom teacher, I had one student in my class who had a mom who was a floral designer. She came into my classroom and showed the children how to make an arrangement in a hollowed-out pumpkin. She kindly left the decorated pumpkin for my desk, and the children loved seeing it the following days,” she said. “I always remembered that and wanted the Shelby Gardeners to also share in the experience.”

During the event, the club also had a raffle to win the arrangement that was created.

“Club members put their names in a plastic pumpkin if they would like to win the arrangement at the end. We pulled a name, and Jan Kennedy was the lucky winner,” said Pelloni.

Patti Marchetti, of Shelby Township, attended the event and said it was very interesting to watch Viviano work.

“It was fascinating to watch and learn the little tricks she used to create an absolutely amazing flower arrangement. I totally enjoyed it. The flowers I remember were mostly small carnations, the greenery was ruscus and salal. When she completed the pumpkin, it was the cutest thing. Elizabeth had kept the top after cleaning it and used it as a decoration. Because she used that green foamy stuff, it was perfectly round and the colors were very in-tune with fall,” she said,

Marchetti said her favorite part was learning how to actually cut the plants.

“You use a knife, not scissors, so as not to destroy the water paths. It was quite informative, as well as entertaining,” said Marchetti.

The Shelby Gardeners Club usually meets in person for special events for gardeners to learn more information about a chosen topic, but due to the virus, the club has had to have any events outdoors.

The club’s events are free and open to anyone, and the club is always looking for people to join.

The Shelby Gardeners Club does charity work and hosts its garden walk fundraiser in July every other year, which is the club’s biggest fundraiser. The brick walkways, planted beds, gazebo, statuary and fairy garden in Heritage Gardens at 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue in Shelby Township are supported by the club’s fundraisers, which include the garden walk and plant sales.

Part of the club’s mission statement is to promote interest in and knowledge of gardening, flower arrangement and ecology.

The club also hosts many free community lectures throughout the year at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center to educate and share gardening joy. To join the club, email lindapelloni@yahoo.com.

For more information about the club, visit www.shelbytwp.org/gardeners.