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GRDN in Brooklyn: Fall Colors in a Favorite Plant Shop

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GRDN in Brooklyn: Fall Colors in a Favorite Plant Shop

October 21, 2013

It’s October and it’s time to embrace the idea that brown is a color, says Brooklyn garden shop owner Susanne Kongoy. She’s spreading the message by filling her normally lush Brooklyn shop, GRDN, with dried flowers.

Photography by Erin Boyle.

 This fall, for the first time, Susanne and her team festooned the shop with dried instead of fresh flowers.
Above: This fall, for the first time, Susanne and her team festooned the shop with dried instead of fresh flowers.
 Bunches of anise hyssop and mountain mint lend a subtle fragrance to the display, while brilliant yellow solidago takes on a richer golden hue as it dries.
Above: Bunches of anise hyssop and mountain mint lend a subtle fragrance to the display, while brilliant yellow solidago takes on a richer golden hue as it dries.
Want to compare this look to when green is the color? See our earlier visit to GRDN in Brooklyn.
Above: Want to compare this look to when green is the color? See our earlier visit to GRDN in Brooklyn.
Lotus pods curl like whimsical trumpets.
Above: Lotus pods curl like whimsical trumpets.
Pink-tipped hydrangea bunches fill a bucket on the floor.
Above: Pink-tipped hydrangea bunches fill a bucket on the floor.
 Pressed fresh hydrangea flowers drying in a glass frame. The goal of the shop display is to show customers what can be done with flowers besides keeping them fresh in vases.
Above: Pressed fresh hydrangea flowers drying in a glass frame. The goal of the shop display is to show customers what can be done with flowers besides keeping them fresh in vases.
Sculptural scabiosa pods makes a statement in a flower frog; no vase or water needed.
Above: Sculptural scabiosa pods makes a statement in a flower frog; no vase or water needed.
When asked what flowers dry well, Susanne recommends a hands-on approach. All fresh flowers die eventually, she reminds customers, encouraging them to experiment and let themselves be surprised by the results: “You’ve got nothing to lose.”
Above: When asked what flowers dry well, Susanne recommends a hands-on approach. All fresh flowers die eventually, she reminds customers, encouraging them to experiment and let themselves be surprised by the results: “You’ve got nothing to lose.”

For more dried arrangement ideas, see Justine’s Dried Hydrangea Garland and Dried Hydrangea, Two Ways.

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