A quote from the French impressionist painter Claude Monet adorns SaraJane Barto’s refrigerator: “I must have flowers, always and always.”
Barto, of Carlisle, takes those words to heart, buying flowers for others and herself.
“And I love gardening,” she said. “Couldn’t do without flowers.”
That passion for flowers prompted Barto to submit the winning entry in this summer’s Royer’s name-the-arrangement contest.
Her entry Cottage Garden was selected from among nearly 900 total submissions. The online contest ran Aug. 1-15.
As shown above, Barto received a Cottage Garden arrangement as her prize.
The all-around arrangement features a square white-washed wooden box holding three sunflowers, charmelia alstroemeria, carnations, mini carnations, viking poms, purple spray asters, and raffia ribbon.
Barto said she has been a Royer’s customer for about a decade, after relocating from California.
“I love our Royer’s,” she said. “Their plants and flowers and leaves just last so long and are so pretty.”
She had won prizes before at home demonstrations or at bridal or baby showers, but nothing like Royer’s contest.
“This is much more important,” she said.