I'm sure there are those who would disagree -- Rick being one -- but I can think of few more glorious things to do on an autumn day than visit an herb farm with several historic outbuildings, have a fabulous lunch, go herb picking and then use those we chose in our floral arrangements.
If that works for you, too, then consider a trip to Southern Moon if you happen to be near Battle Creek, Michigan.
My friend Jan had been to their workshops and dinners in the past and she knew it would be something we'd enjoy, so off we went, through Michigan's beautiful early fall roads, ending up here!
When you turn into Southern Moon, the first thing you notice is a grand old car. Very Great Gatsby.
Then, several lovely older buildings and lots of glorious garden. Everywhere!
We took a walk around before our lunch and couldn't help but notice pumpkins in lovely cement urns...
Charming little corners.
Every arrangement was simple but beautiful.
One of the outbuildings was prepared for an autumn dinner. I loved the dried corn on the backs of the chairs...
...and the beautiful mantle. It was so cozy.
Peek outside the door -- you never know what you'll see!
There were stark color contrasts.
All were inviting and beguiling.
Then we went to lunch -- the room was charming, all decked out for fall!
Even the chandeliers had their share of autumn leaves!
Our lunch was an elegant pork with the most delicate sauce served on wild rice, fresh roasted vegetables and a small but delicious salad with strawberries, grapes, blue cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette. Dessert? Apple pie with cinnamon crumb cake ice cream. There was wine and tea -- anything you could want!
After lunch, we went to the herb garden, where Scott, our host, told us stories of various herbs.
My favorite was the Ladies Bed Straw. The legend of this herb was that it was used to line Jesus' manger.
Then we cut away -- selecting lavender, rosemary and scented Martha Washington geranium for our arrangement, along with anything else we wanted to pick!
After our arms were full, it was off to the creation tent, where we were given a yelloware container, kale, gourds and, over the course of the workshop, roses, lilies, carnations, berries, grasses, moss and more.
Scott had a finished piece which he shared as leader Micah gave us tips on working the with materials we had.
Meanwhile, chickens were at our feet. We were told they were fond of carnations.
Then it was free form! And it was a ball! Here's mine!
After, Scott told us to cut whatever herbs we wanted to take with us. My favorite? Curry! And, it meant another walk in the garden, which smelled amazing and looked more so!
And we also went through the gardens again and stopped at the gift shop.
Our 20 percent discount was a delightful bonus!
P.S. As with all good floral arrangements, mine faded after a couple of weeks. But some of the elements were still fine so all it took was a trip to the grocery store and I ended up with this!
I took out the lilies, roses and kale and added the orange daisies and the fluffy green foliage. Plus, from my $7.99 batch of daisies and fluff-stuff, I ended up with another pretty vase of flowers! Love it when that happens!
(I'm linking up today with Pink Saturday, which is "Serving Up Autumn.)