AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During the holidays, there’s nothing like the warmth and festiveness that flowers add to the home – whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room, hallway, bedroom, or bath.And few designers create arrangements with more style than Torrance resident Gudy Kimmel, master California State Garden Club flower show judge and a popular speaker on the design circuit. Kimmel was a guest demonstrator Monday for members of the Palos Verdes Branch of the National Fuchsia Society. She arrived at the South Coast Botanic Garden loaded with bunches of fresh flowers, seed pods, cat tails, wheat grass and greens from the Torrance Farmers Market at Wilson Park. She also toted containers – from a small wooden sleigh to autumn-colored pottery bowls filled with Oasis Floral Foam – to create eight elegant floral arrangements.Kimmel’s demonstration was packed with tips and ideas for creating unique arrangements for Thanksgiving and winter holiday decorations. When designing, remember the height of the finished arrangement generally should be 1 1/2 to 2 times the height of the container.She began with ideas using clear glass vases, which can be filled with small apples, kumquats, pine cones, ball ornaments or other seasonal materials.At Michaels craft store, she purchased a bag of potpourri filled with small pine cones, seedpods, nuts and other natural elements in fall colors, which she glued to wooden barbecue skewers and inserted into arrangements of greens with and without flowers.Another design incorporated two pint-size ceramic loaf pans Kimmel found at Michaels with Thanksgiving cornucopia designs. She filled these with Oasis and added graceful greens and short-stemmed yellow and dark red mums (buds can be used too). Each pan held a focal point of a petite gourd or small persimmon and autumn-colored greens such as solidago, a kind of yellow and green goldenrod (which, contrary to common thought, doesn’t cause hayfever) and golden euonymus. She also added bits of small green ivy and geranium leaves from her garden.Growing a small nandina bush in your garden is a must for flower arranging, Kimmel says. Designers use its graceful variegated leaves as fillers and its red and bronze berries in fall and winter. They also use dwarf pittosporum and ruscus.She pointed out that almost any plastic container can be cut down to any size, filled with Oasis and water, and inserted into a holiday-theme object.In one arrangement, she filled a table-top-size wooden sleigh with a cut-down plastic milk container stuffed with Oasis. Then she added juniper greens (she prefera sprigs with fresh new growth), holly fern, and asparagus fern, which resembles delicate, miniature pine trees. Finally, Kimmel topped off the arrangement with dark crimson gerbera daisies and snow white mums.In another design, she used a small ceramic bowl in which she placed a plastic tub with Oasis, into which she inserted a round (or cylinder) candle. Then she filled in the oasis with pittosporum, asparagus fern, holly and Princess cedar (it’s like juniper). Then she added fresh flowers.These greens will last the entire holiday season if you change the water every two days. When the flowers start to fade, just replace them or add holiday ornaments.To complete this arrangement Kimmel placed five gold balls around the candle and added white mums (or you can use white camellias). For added glitter, she sometimes sprays camellia leaves with a slight mist of Design Master silver or gold paint, or a touch of fairy dust glitter for added sparkle. To celebration the new year, Kimmel created an arrangement using a pale sea-green, cylindrical pottery vase with white birchlike branches, highlighted by a gorgeous pale pinkish-green lisianthus from the Farmer’s Market. For conditioning all holiday greens, Kimmel suggested soaking them for 24 hours in 1 gallon of water with a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonium sulfate and 1/2-cup Karo syrup.Whether its conditioning greens or demonstrating holiday floral arrangements, you can catch Kimmel’s enthusiasm for holiday designs, along with her tips, at a demonstration at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Torrance Farmer’s Market at Wilson Park.The floral design demo is free, and fresh holiday greens and flowers will be right at your fingertips to purchase while your enthusiasm is still high.WANTTO GO? What: Discovering the Warrior Mind seminar for children 8 to 15 years old.When: Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Where: Building H, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center at 3601 South Gaffey St., San Pedro.Cost: Free, lunch is included.Information: Call instructor Michael Berger at 323-842-0701.Information: Call instructor Michael Berger at 323-842-0701. Meredith Grenier (310) 540-5511, Ext.494 [email protected] dailybreeze.com.