Two of our (frequently written about) horticultural obsessions are Petersham Nurseries and its wonderful school of garden inspiration. So we headed there recently for a spring planter workshop with Thomas Broom-Hughes and enjoyed it so much that we had to share his tips for creating an Easter table. Needless to say, there is nothing minimal about this very Petersham décor – but many of these plants can be gathered from the garden or bought potted and then added to the garden afterwards so there’s no waste at all.
- Focus on a single colour – yellow is traditional for Easter and makes use of so many gorgeous spring flowers including narcissi, primroses and cowslips.
- Focus on one material – here zinc pots work really well with a zinc topped table but you can easily trade them for terracotta. Or use simple glasses or jam jars for cut flowers.
- Make a table runner with garden-gathered moss (you can buy this at garden centres) or, if you’re eating outside, you could even use rolls of turf.
- Create lots of different heights and shapes down the length of the table. Tall narcissi look fabulous with the sun shining through their petals.
- Finally weave through some lengths of ivy or other hedgerow foliage – blackthorn blossom is particularly pretty and in season now.