photo : Athena Pelton

photo : Athena Pelton

When it comes time to dress a holiday table, most of us head for the florist or grocery store for fresh blooms. This is Minnesota, after all. Even if you typically plunder your own garden during the growing season, all is long gone by November or December.

Not so fast, says St. Paul floral designer Christine Hoffman. She knows how to make the most of what nature offers year-round, and designed this holiday tabletop for us with locally grown flowers and flora—all available in December. Hoffman, a practitioner and proponent of the “slow flowers” movement (similar in philosophy to the slow-food movement that advocates local, seasonal, and sustainably produced food), sources all her flowers and floral materials from area farmers who practice sustainable, organic growing methods.

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