Giving Thanks from the Garden to the Table

Fall in the desert brings welcome relief from the heat of summer without losing the beautiful blush in the garden. Each autumn brings another opportunity to set aside time to give thanks for the harvest, for family, and for sharing what's simple and pure in our lives. I know I especially love sharing from my garden, and the Thanksgiving table is a perfect place to highlight some wonderful fall fare. The cooler, yet still mild, Tucson autumn is perfect for cultivating fresh herbs that compliment a traditional Thanksgiving meal particularly well. I like to grow sage in a pot to bring a refreshing scent to my patio, then easily move it inside on colder nights or to use in the kitchen. Some freshly cut deep silver-green foliage can easily be incorporated in a center-piece or bundled and laid on the plate as an eco-chic placard.

Besides herbs, there are many shrub varieties of mums that grow well in pots and translate easily from the garden to a centerpiece and back again. Try a Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) for fall blooms in a deep red, gold or burgundy. Choose a plant that is still small with few blooms from the nursery. Transplant to an un-glazed terra cotta pot and allow at least one week for it to get established. Once the plant has adjusted to its new home, the blooms will begin to open. Placing your potted mum at the center of your table is a great alternative to fresh cut flowers because it can be placed outside after use and is hard enough to survive winter.

For more ideas about incorporating local plants and flora into your holiday celebration, contact LaFleur Plantscapes & Fresh Flora at 520-548-1338 or