The Expert Way to Arrange Spring Flowers—Inspired by French Impressionism

PARIS PEAKS IN MAY, some say. The gloomy weather lets up, and you might even catch a Parisian smiling. I couldn’t make it to France this spring, so I made do by diving into a book on the work of Claude Monet (1840-1926), the quintessential French impressionist who made even lumpy haystacks seem sublime. As the inspiration for this month’s flower arrangement, I chose a dreamy canvas he worked on over years, “Morning on the Seine, 1897.” To get the light and perspective he wanted, he situated himself in a boat on the famous…

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