Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is a apple orchard located in North Salem, New York. It is family owned and operated much like our own flower shop. They sell their very own hard cider (Hardscrabble Cider), their own farm fresh free-range eggs, local honey, local dairy & cheeses, local maple syrup and other country store items. From the bakery you can expect their famous apple cider donuts which are our personal favorite.

We first discovered and fell in love with the orchard a few years back when we designed all the floral decor for the owners son’s wedding. Since then it has been a special place near and dear to our hearts and we thought it would be the perfect venue for our Fall Centerpiece Workshop.

Our Fall Centerpiece Workshop was much more of an Indian Summer Workshop with 85 degree temperatures and full sun. Much hotter than expected! At the last minute we decided to move everything (tables, buckets of flowers, wine barrels and more!) from the open outdoor patio to a shady spot under the trees that still overlooked the orchard and scenic mountain landscape. Thankfully Sophie Kaye was there to share her guidance on backdrop and lighting exposure. Her expertise and talented eye were so helpful in repositioning the workshop location. As the sun started to go down so did the temperature and it all worked out beautifully. Improvising is always part of the job!

We worked with the finest seasonal blooms Fall has to offer – dahlias, ranunculus, roses, lisianthus and plenty of textural elements such as grass and berries. The focus behind the workshop was to share our detailed approach to seasonal floral design, color pairing, and organic movement. The color palette varied from soft shades of champagne and peach to rich shades of mauve and wine.

Students indulged in apple cider donuts and fresh cider all provided by the farm. The best part about the evening were the conversations we had and the connections we made with other creatives that are also passionate about flowers. Nothing compares to designing outside, surrounded by the beauty of nature with humans that share a common creative passion.

Film Photography – Sophie Kaye