Thursday, November 27, 2014
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An evening bag tres chic

Even if this evening bag weren't made of plant material, it's worth going crazy over. But it is - made of white peppercorns; basket reed; rambutan, which is a tropical tree or its fuzzy red fruit; air plant and ram's head pods, which are extraordinary looking things I can't even describe. They curl around almost like a fiddlehead.

An evening bag tres chic

Even if this evening bag weren't made of plant material, it's worth going crazy over. But it is - made of white peppercorns; basket reed; rambutan, which is a tropical tree or its fuzzy red fruit; air plant and ram's head pods, which are extraordinary looking things I can't even describe. They curl around almost like a fiddlehead.

This is one of many eye-popping entries in the pressed plant category. It was done by Barb Kaytes of the Green Fingers Garden Club in Greenwich, Ct., and Frances Wilson of the Garden Club of Darien. I have to say, Barb's fingers must not only be green. They must be mighty skinny minny to maneuver these materials into something so fine. Beautiful.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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