My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Rigid hollow, jointed shoots resemble miniature bamboo and colonize rapidly

Equisetum - Scouring Rush, Horsetail, snake grass, puzzle grass

Equisetum dome made for "One Singular Sensation". Floral Trends Design Group Inter-club Mini Show: Old and New

Common name:

Scouring Rush, Horsetail, snake grass, puzzle grass


Equisetum is near- cosmopolitan, being absent only from Antarctica. Equisetum is a .living fossil., as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, which, for over one hundred million years were more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests. Some Equisetopside were large trees reaching to thirty meters tall.


Bright green with black horizontal bands


Over twenty five species

Vase life:

Dries to a natural light green out of water. If used in a vase the stems will root, over time,and can be planted.




Knot one end of the stem to create a natural flower "test tube", bend it, plait it, press LED lights into it, press a wire through it to curl and shape it (as seen in photo above). Simplistic and distinctive in designs.


Give the stem a fresh cut and hydrate in warm water.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.