This ingenious “epergne” is something I saw several years ago and have thought of ever since. So simple and so charming. A sprig of grass, a few leaves, a blossom or two, and boom, you have a beautiful arrangement and a work of art.
There were two of these flanking the entrance to the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina, where I visited a few summers ago during a trip to see family in Nags Head, in the Outer Banks.
A clever D-I-Yer could whip this up in a morning. It would be a wonderful project for children or adults, and a good learning tool. I am thinking now children are out of school and parents are
desperate to find things to do with them until they go to camp eager for activities that are both fun and purposeful.
The gardens are a nod to the reign of Elizabeth I, who presided over what became here the “Lost Colony,” the theatrical reenactment of which remains a very popular attraction for visitors and locals alike. Despite the fact that you have to be tied to your seat in order not to be carried away by mosquitoes. North Carolina native Andy Griffith got his start in The Lost Colony production, eventually winning the role of Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth’s reputed (doomed) paramour and namesake of North Carolina’s capital. Griffith is buried in Roanoke Island, where the storied outdoor theater is located.
As usual I’ve gotten off the subject, so let me wrap this up.
The Manteo gardens, run by the Garden Club of North Carolina, are beautiful. Do see them if you’re there. Then go by the hardware store and get the stuff you need to make this epergne, and let me know how it goes.