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.