ISSUE 23  |  Summer Color

Forget the Flowers: Vegetables as Decor

June 05, 2012 10:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Ever since we spotted vegetables used in lieu of floral arrangements at Babylonstoren in South Africa, we’ve been intrigued (make that obsessed) with the idea. Here’s a roundup of some recent favorites.

Above: A leafy cabbage stands in for traditional floral arrangements at Babylonstoren.

Above: An array of vegetables as decor at Babylonstoren.

Above: Our friend UK stylist Sania Pell uses carrots and radishes as table arrangements; see more at Tea with the Queen of Homemade. Photography by Rahel Weiss.

Above: Beet greens stand in for traditional floral arrangements at Babylonstoren.

Above: The potager bouquet; for instructions, go to Tabletop: Seasonal Potager Centerpiece.

Above: A lettuce plucked from the garden anchors a table set with K by Keaton dinnerware in grass and white; see Easter in the Garden with Diane Keaton for more.

Above: A cabbage sliced in half makes a compelling centerpiece. Photo via Gandas on Flickr.

Above: Consider the artichoke. Photograph from Africa Bespoke.

Above: Dark leafy greens in a cut-glass vase at Babylonstoren.