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Oversize Urn Arrangement

Floral designers Remco Van Vliet and his half brother, Cas Trap, share their secrets for putting together an oversize urn arrangement.


  • Kousa dogwood
  • Mock orange
  • Viburnum
  • Mountain laurel
  • Garden roses


  1. Step 1

    Set a plastic container within the urn.

  2. Step 2

    Stabilize it, using rolled-up wads of newspaper around the edges.

  3. Step 3

    Fill container with water.

  4. Step 4

    Cut thick branches of dogwood to various heights, using floral shears.

  5. Step 5

    Place dogwood branches within the container to create an armature.

  6. Step 6

    Weave in thinner-stemmed branches of mock orange, viburnum, and mountain laurel, using dogwood branches for support.

  7. Step 7

    Step back frequently to judge the effect and check the balance of the composition.

  8. Step 8

    Finish by inserting roses.