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Teresa Sabankaya
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Yesterday we closed the wedding season at Castle House for 2011 with a gorgeous, fun and happy wedding for Clare & Joe. Everything ran smoothly and turned out beautifully throughout the day. This was our largest wedding yet, with 120... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Gihani & Prasaad are such a sweet couple. I love the Sari--traditional yet modern. It's color was so rich and creamy, and embedded with gold glass and sequins. It was so easy to put together the flowers, as when I'm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
June 26th kicked off the wedding season at Castle House, with a knock-out jewish ceremony and a rockin' salsa party in the courtyard. What a fun crowd! The Salsa band was amazing If you're in the mood for the best,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
So now that I've got the business' all divied up (sold BDGC to Kristin) and started up Tessa's Garden for the wedding and event work--I should now be able to get into the garden where the inspiration for my floral... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Summer in Santa Cruz means foggy mornings and beach traffic. So, when I began to calculate my delivery to Catherine & Bjorn's wedding at Coconut Grove at the Boardwalk my pulse began to race. Umm...depart from the studio in Bonny... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Around this time every year, the Lavender blows me away. There is no other like it. I love everything about it--it's color, fragrance, it's a little bit whimsical, and a little bit elegant. It signifies class (think Provence), or an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
I always complain, every year, about how 'commercialized' Valentine's Day is. That's why we try to stock and supply our store with unique and garden-y feeling, elegant flowers and gifts. Not your typical run-o-the-mill set up is what I like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Amazingly, as I walked through the garden this afternoon looking for signs of early spring (I'm optimistic) look what I found! My New Dawn rose is in full bloom! On Jan. 6th! I'll take this as a sign of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Tessa's Garden Blog
I love wedding flowers, which is good because that's what I get to do quite a bit for my job! Yeah! While I would love to blog about how special each and every couple is to me, and how involved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
This past weekend I was a table designer at the annual fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank, organized by Ann Morhauser of Annieglass. What a fun and exciting event! Although my table didn't win 1st place, but it was certainly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Coastal Weddings has written a feature on the garden, the flowers, and how brides can take a stroll and choose their wedding flowers--fun stuff! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Julie and Albert Prien made the garden and courtyard at Castle House a warm and inviting place to be for their guest for their wedding and reception. For me, it was a dream come true to host a wedding for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
For those of you who know me well, you know what I've been working on for the past year or so. Getting our garden ready for a wedding! Castle House & Garden is the home of The Bonny Doon Garden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
There's nothing that smells so beautiful as the rose garden in June. I simply cannot cut enough blooms! The more I cut the more I they come! I'm in rose heaven! Pat Austin Alexander Girault and New Dawn on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
June 12, 2010 The European Hand Tied Bouquet 2-4:30 in the New Leaf Community Classroom -1101 Fair Ave- Santa Cruz $60 per person, includes all materials, instruction and refreshments Stop by our store and sign up, or online _____________________________________________________________________________... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Hellebore, and Geranium; This is my all time favorite hellebore. We cut it all except for what you see here. They are beautiful chartreuse in color with a little tiny bit of a purple throat deep inside. The same color... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Here it is folks- my interpretation of Letitia Grace McCurdy (my apologies to those of you who wanted to be surprised this week at deYoung!). This ended up being a very interesting portrait to interpret. Do you wonder what inspired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Polygonatum -Soloman's Seal Tulip -Menton papaver atlanticum- Flore Pleno (faded by rain, but it's really cool like this!) lilac- cannot remember the name? Wisteria floribuna And that's it! Well, there were many more blooms in the garden, but this is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Next week, from April 20-24 my floral interpretation of the painting below will be on display at Bouquets to Art at de Young Museum in San Francisco. It's called Letitia Grace McCurdy, and it's an oil on canvas by the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Kristin's posies have always been perfect...not only because she never does anything less than perfect, but also because she has a natural talent with flowers. She has the perfect eye for color, texture, and shape. From time to time we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
RHS Chelsea Flower Show | Royal Horticultural Society. Maybe next year??? Oh how I wish it could be this year! Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
Finally! I have mapped out the year in workshops! I have several of the old stand-bys & favorites, plus a couple new and very cool ones! Some are in the garden, and some are in the New Leaf Community Classroom.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
When I did the flowers for Jane Fonda's book-signing appearance a few years ago in Santa Cruz, I did NOT get this intro! (She did LOVE my arrangement though) Way to go Anthony! Very COOL, and you rock! Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog
Thanks to all who stopped by our booth last Sunday! It was great meeting you all--and thanks espcially for all the complements on our work. That truly made my dark circles under my eyes worth it! And now some pictures... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Tessa's Garden Blog