foraging for foliage.
by victoria comment


dried palm frond as bedroom wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

there’s a wild and woolly storm over southern california as i write this post, which makes it the ideal time for foraging for foliage — after the wind and rains subside, that is. with the storm comes a lot of dried foliage falling from our local palm trees and tree branches, and they make for some beautiful floral arrangements and decor accents — they’re my new favorite thing! a kind of japanese ikebana if you will — the purpose of making ikebana floral arrangements is to learn to appreciate certain things that people normally ignore in nature and the beauty of the shapes of the flowers and foliage. all kinds of plants make beautifully unique arrangements — date seed shoots, pampas grass, cactus fruit, if you can forage it, you can use it!

terracotta dishes and cactus paddle with gold flatware. / sfgirlbybay

i love this idea and as i posted earlier was super inspired by stylist jason’s grant’s use of dried or discarded foliage (and love his use of a cactus paddle as table decoration, above). there’s also a beautiful book out by artist and floral designer louesa roebuck called Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers if you’d like to learn more about foraging. and, if you’re nowhere near a palm tree but like this look, check out the Desert Collective Co on etsy and raw sunshine coast — they sell all kinds of these dried beauties. happy foraging!

oversized dried palm frond. / sfgirlbybay

cactus fruit. / sfgirlbybay

foraged plants displayed as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

dried foraged branch in silver goblet vessel. / sfgirlbybay

decorating with dried palm fronds. / sfgirlbybay

dried palm fronds on bamboo bench with linen pillows. / sfgirlbybay

potted and dried bird of paradise plant. / sfgirlbybay

foraged and dried plants as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

dried green palm frond. / sfgirlbybay

dried floral arrangement in whitewashed dining area. / sfgirlbybay

dried branches in clear vase. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: patti murphy design; @mrjasongrant; @jacqui_turk; lilly red; style indicator; @littlegreenshed; @mrjasongrant; bakchic; Blossom and Blooms Apothecary Jar from anthropologie; @byaudreyjeanne; BANKSIA Dried flowers from Bunny Flower Boutique; @jessicatremp; dos ombre; bianca snow; @mrjasongrant; @_designtales_; yak and yeti trader; @misterjasongrant; lilly red; the leo is all in the mind; raw sunshine coast; @misterjasongrant; magnolia rouge; raw sunshine coast; Giant Sun Dried Fan Palm from Desert Collective Co; the design files; @nelvanvooren; almost makes perfect; Sago Palm Leaves from Desert Collective Co; fashion gone rouge; @misterjasongrant.

2 responses to “foraging for foliage.”

  1. Hi! Can you please explain how to hang one of these on the wall, like your first picture? We just got one exactly like that and 0 instructions on how to put it up! Thanks!

    • I think if you used 3M double-stick tape it might work. Or use a few tiny nails around the base and around the fan of the palm and then use fine gauge wire to wrap around the nailheads, that should work. Good luck!

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