Artful Arrangements 17

A Guide to Winter Floral Decor

Plum Sage Flowers, located in the Highlands neighborhood, is a Denver gem. Founded in 2005 by current owner, Erin Hornstein, the Plum Sage team has grown to include Elizabeth Gotsdiner who has worked with flowers for over 14 years, and Mallory Hight, a Boulder local who grew up taking care of flowers sold at her family’s hardware store. Put together, the team offers an abundance of energy, personality, and creativity, all of which is palpable upon stepping into the store.

The shop specializes in wedding arrangements but will create pieces for just about anything – from corporate gatherings to a simple accent for your dinner table. Plum Sage also offers quarterly floral arranging classes, and Lifestyle had the privilege of attending one which focused on late-autumn and winter arrangements. The class was a complete delight. Upon entering we were greeted by Wesley, the store’s new shop puppy who is just learning to handle his new-found customer-relation responsibilities. The smells of wine and fresh cheese wafted through the air, and the space was filled with the laughter of boisterous women, mainly brides-to-be, or women looking for an activity to jazz up a weekday night. Everyone, including myself, was happy to be there.

Both the fall and the winter arrangements included fresh and very carefully chosen ingredients.  For the fall arrangement, Plum Sage supplied carolina sapphire, nandina foliage, and bay leaf, along with Combo roses for the focal blooms, disbud mums accent blooms, and dried pasta wheat to add a bit of texture to the piece. The winter arrangement used cedar, boxwood, and carolina sapphire for the foliage element of the arrangement, O’Hara garden roses for the focal blooms, parrot tulips for accent blooms, and cotton to create some texture. It’s a testament both to the beauty of nature and the expertise behind the Plum Sage team that, despite our fumblings, all of the resulting arrangements were gorgeous.

Special thanks to the Highlands neighborhood:

  • Plum Sage Flowers for hosting the class.
  • Mondo Vino for providing delicious wine.


  • Cheese+Provisions for the platter of small bites and cheeses.