Cost-Free Flower Arrangements
Experts at The New York Botanical Garden give you the basics of making flower arrangements with materials gathered from your own garden.
Let freshly cut flowers stand in a cool place out of direct sunlight in tepid water for several hours -- preferably overnight. Cut all stems at a 45-degree angle, and split woody stemmed branches from flowering trees and shrubs with a 1-inch verticle cut. Add cut flower food to extend bloom time.
Shown here: zinnia (Zinnia elegens)