Garden Club Prepares for Floral Design Symposium

Lucketts resident Holly Heider Chapple has become one of the best known wedding consultants and floral designer in the area, and her expertise will be featured during the Leesburg Garden Club’s Sept. 21 floral design symposium.

From sharing the bounty of her farm at the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival and working in the family’s Heider Nursery business, Chapple has become an award-winning floral designer, featured in magazines such as “Martha Stewart Weddings.”

The Leesburg Garden Club is inviting its members and area residents to spend a day at Riverside Farm learning the basics of show-stopping floral design. The event is open to anyone who loves flowers, according to the club.

The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the farm’s restored bank barn. Savoir Fare Ltd. will serve coffee and sweets. Vendors also will be selling floral and garden items during breaks. The breakfast and a box lunch from Savoir Fare is included in the registration fee.

Proceeds will benefit the Leesburg Garden Club’s beautification projects in Leesburg and Loudoun County. Projects have included the Native Tree Walk in the town, scholarships for graduating seniors and nature camp participants as well as support of the gardens at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the George C. Marshall House.

Tickets for the event will be $150 through Tuesday, Sept. 6, and  $175 after that deadline, depending on space available.

For more information, contact Riverside Farm owner Suzi Worsham at 703-669-3961 or

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