An English garden basket

Assemble this spring bouquet in an hour or less

An English garden basket

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"The easiest floral arrangements to make are the ones that look like you lifted them right out of the garden," says Janelle Wiley, color specialist and floral design instructor at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, California.

To prove her point, Wiley demonstrates an "English border in a basket." To assemble it, you just stick the stems of large, showy flowers such as roses and Dutch irises into floral foam, then tuck smaller flowers around them. "If you've ever held a trowel, you can make a bouquet like this. Trust me--it's instinctive," Wiley says.

TIME: About 1 hour

COST: $12 for materials (not including flowers)


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