Inspired by the Orchard

As native New Englanders, it’s customary to go apple picking when the season strikes. This season is quickly coming to an end so we thought we’d squeeze in a post about how to add fruit (and in this case, apples) into your arrangements. We spent an afternoon bundled up in the orchard; thank goodness for the sun, the warm cider donuts and the beautiful surroundings up at Smolak Farms in North Andover.  The atmosphere was just perfect– a gentle breeze dispensed dancing light and cast shadows through branches onto the orchard floor, sweet apples that had freshly fallen and some that were beginning to ferment scented the air, and the white blooms that we trekked in complimented the painterly landscape. Here’s to some eye candy! —The Ladies of Forêt


floral foam/ wood floral picks/ clippers

Flowers & foliage:

garden roses / tulips / spray roses / celosia / pepper berries / apple branches  / pennycress


1. We used floral foam to create this arrangement because of the ease and control it allows when picking in fruit. Some of the apples were still attached to branches, so we simply struck the snipped branches into the foam inside the container.

2. For picking the individual apples into an arrangement, purchase wood floral picks from your local craft store or heavy-duty wooden skewers also work well.  Use your clippers to cut the ends of the pick to a sharp angle.

3. Stab the pick or skewer into the apple. Take note: where you stab the apple and at what angle will determine the direction the apple faces in your arrangement.

4. Lastly, stick the pick into the foam where you desire to showcase your fruit. We also used pepper berries and dark red celosia to help amplify the red in the apples.


  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Love the mix of flowers, fruits and berries!

  2. Breanne says:

    We always keep flowers and fruits separate at our shop because the ethylene gas that fruit gives off causes flowers to wilt very prematurely.

  3. Rozzi says:

    Absolutely beautiful apple arrangement! You girls are so talented :-)

  4. What a lovely combination! Very inspiring for an autumn gathering.

  5. ladies of foret says:

    hi breanne,
    you are absolutely right!! fruits will affect the life expectancy of the cut flowers, but it certainly doesn’t keep us from using fruit in an arrangement or two!

  6. Marigold says:

    What a lovely arrangement. The perfect evocation of autumn.

  7. DD says:

    I love Smolak Farm! I’ve been apple picking there myself and try and get there at least once a year.

  8. kathy white says:

    I love the arrangement with roses and fallen apples. No waste. My sheep love the fallen apples too! in my farm town of Healdsburg, ca. Autumn is coming.

  9. A Day in May says:

    Beautiful arrangement! Just another reason fall is such a great time of year.

  10. Hildegarde says:

    totally beautiful!

  11. how2home says:

    Such a beautiful arrangement. Love that you mixed in berries and apples into the arrangement. Perfect for fall :) We recently did a wedding in an orchard farm and it was the most beautiful and amazing experience. This post totally reminds me of the special day! Thanks for posting :)


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