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                                                                                                                                                                                                       OCTOBER 1
   In large part, they do it on their
own.                                                                                                                                                                                                    ST. LOUIS
   They are — when you get right                                                                                                                                                                   POST-DISPATCH
down to it — flower growers, af-
ter all. And they often want to                                                                                                                                                                    STLTODAY.COM
impart their own views of the
natural world onto this very spe-                                                                                                                                                                              •
cial day.
   Take the flowers conjured up
by Jennifer Loyet, for instance.
She and her family are throwing
a November wedding for herself
and fiancé, Jeremy Schamber.
   And for the event, she’s plant-
ed more than a dozen large,
stonelike containers full of fall
foliage and flowers.
   “I wanted to do something a
little different,” says Loyet, who
manages the family-owned
Greenscape Gardens nursery in
Manchester and also is about to
get her horticulture degree at St.
Louis Community College at
   Among her containers are two
huge urns filled to overflowing
with jumbo lavender-colored
   There also are other assorted
lightweight resin pots packed
with autumn-hued annuals and
perennials. Big, round leaves of
an ornamental mustard (Brassi-
ca) are dark green now but will
turn purple, Loyet says, as the
weather cools. They mix with ex-        ABOVE: When garden designer Hi-
tra-large blooms of Colossus            lary Daniel got married last month,
pansies, colorful stems of ‘Bright      she let a florist put together her
Lights’ Swiss chard, trailing ter-      choice of bouquet in two-tone laven-
ra-cotta-colored ‘Million Bells’        der lisianthus and spray roses.
(Calibrachoa), tall spikes of the       RIGHT: Daniel chose real red roses                                         TOP AND ABOVE: When Scott Woodbury, a horticulturist at Shaw Nature Re-
burgundy-hued Festival Grass            for her cake. Wiley Price                                                  serve, married Abigail Lambert, they went to a Shaw daffodil field for pho-
(Cordyline) and shorter stems of                                                                                   tos and received more than 50 different types of daffodils from a grower/
the plume-topped grass ‘Red                                                                                        friend who helped Woodbury fashion his bride’s bouquet. Kathie Belfield
Riding Hood’ (Pennisetum se-            something that I’ll have to worry
taceum).                                about at the last minute. I have
   Right now, all are living in a       enough else going on.”                                                     at the spring wedding of horti-       known as a native-plant enthusi-
white gazebo on the nursery                                                                                        culturist Scott Woodbury and his      ast. “But right after the ceremony,
grounds.                                   Hilary Daniel, owner of the                                             bride, Abigail Lambert.               we planted a prairie with seed.”
   “I’m going to keep them out-         Shrewsbury-based company                                                      The event was held at his             Guests took bags of native-
side as long as I can,” Loyet says      called Gardens by Hilary, went                                             workplace, Shaw Nature Reserve        plant seed to “a half-acre site,” he
of the mostly cold-hardy                the florist direction, too, for a                                          in Gray Summit. It was early last     says, and sowed a prairie in lieu
plantings, many of them from a          wedding bouquet last month of                                              spring, just when the first batch      of throwing rice. It wasn’t exactly
plant-promotion program called          two-tone lavender lisianthus,                                              of thousands of daffodils             meant as a rice substitute, he
Proven Winners Fall Magic.              pale-pink roses, carnations, al-                                           unfurled trumpetlike blossoms.        says, “but a lot of people threw it
“Most of the plants can handle 20       stroemeria and stock.                  color at night” and strategically      And so daffodils became the        at us.”
degrees,” she adds, “if I keep             “It resulted in a lovely subdued    planted annuals in pots.            theme for everything — for a             “It was a blast and perhaps the
them under here.”                       fragrance,” she says, and the            “My dress had flowers on it;      bouquet that the bride carried,       main thing that people have re-
   But eventually they will go to       easy-to-find flowers “kept the         the invitations had subtle flowers   for dozens of reception-table         membered about our wedding.
the church and reception.               cost down.”                            embossed on them. Sachets of        centerpieces and as field back-        The throwing of the prairie seeds
   Loyet has a bright idea for this,       Daniel, instead, put all of her     dried lavender were hand-           grounds for wedding photos.           is what they’ve been comment-
too.                                    energies into horticultural touch-     stuffed by me, and I chose a wine      Larry Lowman, a friend and         ing back to us.”
   Besides using lightweight pots,      es for a wedding garden party.         called ‘Bloom.’ ”                   daffodil expert, “brought 50 dif-        For Woodbury, another horti-
she fills the bottom half of each           She staged it at night in a           On top of all this, the bridal    ferent varieties of daffodils from    cultural touch may be most
with nearly weightless packing          client’s backyard. And she careful-    bouquets were all hand-tied. “I     Arkansas,” Woodbury says. But         memorable. Lowman, the daf-
peanuts or “crushed soda cans,”         ly pruned a crab apple “so no one      was very specific that I wanted      the couple grew their own pan-        fodil grower, chose just the right
for ease of moving containers           smacked their head” on low             the stems to show at the bottom     sies and miniature marigolds          cultivars for the bride’s bouquet.
from site to site.                      branches. She lighted all the trees    to emphasize the garden theme,”     from seed. Pansy blossoms deco-          “He and I tied it together for
   As for the bridal bouquet, she       with flower-shaped light bulbs         says Daniel, who married Steven     rated a series of cakes, and dis-     Abigail,” Woodbury says. “It was
says, “I’ll be carrying flowers         and tables with citronella candles.    Engelhardt on that summer           plays of potted marigolds drew        so touching.”
from a florist.                          She cleaned flower beds, planted        evening.                            the crowd into a tent for the re-
   “It’s kind of funny. I do a cut-     new variegated perennials — hy-                                            ception.                     | 314-340-8238
flower talk for the Missouri            drangeas and hostas — “to bright-        You couldn’t get away from           “None were native,” Wood-
Botanical Garden. But that’s not        en things up for maximum foliage       gardens, even if you’d wanted to,   bury says of his flowers. He’s