Paris Springs Creations

treva-and-kris-jpg.jpgFor years Treva Hoggard and Kris McCoy, mother and daughter, provided perhaps the brightest, most colorful attraction imaginable in the Greater Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, Missouri.
      Their Paris Springs Creations booth spotlighted gorgeous flowers that they grew themselves and their own ingenious flower arrangements, many of which were stunning in their beauty.
      In time Treva and Kris had to give up their Farmers Market business in order to meet a rapidly expanding demand from restaurants, corporations, and other businesses for their unique arrangements.
      Treva, unfortunately, is no longer with us, and after she passed away, Kris moved eastward and now pursues her nursing career in New Hampshire.
      We really have no other choice but the keep the Paris Springs Creations page on this website, as their creations set a benchmark for floral culture and floral art, as well as making countless hundreds, if not thousands, of customers very happy. And of course, we want everyone to be able to continue to see their singularly beautiful work on this page.

A Busy Market

Treva busy and on the move with an armload of beautiful lilies and glads.

A Family Enterprise

Kris's daughter Jessica handed mom a zinnia for a new bouquet. Jessica often pitched in to make Paris Springs a true family joint effort and prove the old adage that "Gardening brings the generations together."


Jessica with some of her family's remarkable field-grown flowers.

Some Very Special Zinnias

These brilliant 'Benary Giant' zinnias brighten many colorful Paris Springs bouquets. Kris and Treva's flowers and other plants were all field-grown at two locations: one on 3 acres 3 miles west of Halltown, Missouri, and the other on 55 acres on the Sac River in Ash Grove.

Unique Mixes

Paris Springs Creations never relied on simple bouquet formulas but often "thought outside the box" to come up with the most unusual and engaging mixes; for example, these lilies, hydrangeas, and allium.

Unusual Colors

Unusual flower colors also made Kris and Treva's arrangements most distinctive. We couldn't recall ever before seeing the gray-lavender of these asters.

A Green Zinnia?

Another unusual--and engaging--flower in the Paris Springs mix is this soft green 'Envy' Zinnia, species name Zinnia elegans 'Envy'. It grows to 36 inches tall with a 1-foot spread, likes full sun and fertile soil, and blooms in summer and fall.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Sunflower

The colors and subtle gradations in color in this sunflower simply knocked us out. Kris told us it's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and we've since learned that it's a pollenless hybrid that bears multiple blooms on plants that can reach 6 feet in height. As you can see, it makes an absolutely superb cut flower.

Another Singular Sunflower
Paris Springs' remarkable 'Moulin Rouge' sunflower (Helianthus annuus) had velvety flowers that showed different hues in different growing conditions, ranging from red to the almost-black. We learned that it's a pollenless annual that reaches 6 feet tall and blooms mid-summer to September.   

Texture Counts, Too

Kris and Treva were as creative with texture as with color in their bouquets. As shown here, goldenrod brings an airy, feathery note to any arrangement. Paris Springs grew four varieties of goldenrod to choose from, according to Treva. (Is there anyone left who still thinks goldenrod causes hay fever? We hope not, because it doesn't.)

Love Grass
love-grass-jpg.jpgThis lively arrangement featured zinnias, gomphrena, and other flowers--and one of the loveliest grasses we've ever seen. "It's Love Grass," said Kris. Our research suggests that it's one of several members of the Eragrostis species commonly called Weeping Love Grass. The plant is perennial and, as you can see, is almost heartbreakingly beautiful mixed with flowers. Many gardeners also say that it's "a stunning accent plant" when grown alone. 

A Closer Look at 'Love'

A closer look at the graceful arch of the Paris Springs Love Grass.

One Hydrangea, Many Colors

These blossom clusters were all from one hydrangea plant, Kris said.

Hydrangea Wreaths

Paris Springs' hydrangeas were dried and mixed with rosebuds and tiny pinecones to create these wreaths with timeless, old-fashioned character.

Pinks and Lavenders

Hydrangeas, gladiolas, globe amaranth, bachelors buttons, cosmos, and more made these bouquets treasures of pinks and lavendars.

High Bush Cranberry

Another example of Paris Springs creativity--the presence of High Bush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum), commonly called Viburnum, American Cranberry, Cranberry Tree, Red Elder, and many other names. The berries of this native shrub are edible, but Kris and Treva had other plans....  

Cranberry Surprise

Let a customer take a spray of High Bush Cranberry, add a few choice zinnias, and voila!--another creation.

Curly Willow

Curly Willow is a sport, or mutant, of a conventional willow, Salix matsudana. Several decorative hybrids have been developed from the mutation, a fortuitous turn for those who love the effect of the plant's thin, twisted branches.

Northern Sea Oats
The beautiful shimmering seedheads of Northern Oat Grass (Chasmanthium latifolium) make it a marvelous plant in the garden or in dried arrangements. This perennial grass grows from rhizomes to 36 inches tall with a 2-foot spread in sun or total shade. The seedheads start out green and turn bronze with age. Also known as River Oats, Wild Oats, and North American Wild Oats.

Gorgeous Glads

Gladiolas make gorgeous cut flowers, and Paris Springs grows grew some of the loveliest.

Kris said that because all of Paris Springs' plants were field-grown, "We have so much crossing in our flowers." One result of this accidental hybridizing was this unique Celosia, or cockscomb, the color of which Kris called "Icecicle Pink." Note: peeking out between the celosia and zinnia is another unusual flower color: a dark-purple, almost black Scabiosa.

Special Gourds
Paris Springs Creations also grew these classic ornamental gourds. The Egg Gourd Kris is holding here can be made into such decorative objects as Christmas tree ornaments and mock Faberge eggs. The larger Bushel Gourds have been used in cultures all over the world to make bowls, baskets, musical instruments, and other objects. Evidence suggests they were so used as long ago as 10,000 BC.

The Flower Biz

Treva writes up a transaction. (We just liked the picture.)

Armenian Basket Flower
Nestled in the grass is Armenian Basket Flower (Centaurea macrocephala), a perennial native of the Caucasus Mountains that bears bright yellow, thistle-like blossoms in June and July. Not a thistle, but of the Aster family, it grows 3-4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. (It needs full sun and dry to medium-wet soil.) The "basket" name refers to the underside of the bloom, which is uniquely striking when dried. As you can see, it does fine in the Ozarks.

Poppy Seed Pods
The dried seed pods of the Poppy plant are singularly striking alone or in dried flower arrangements, the circular body and flat tops testifying to the beauty and versatility of nature's design. Kris says she believes these pods are from the Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) or possibly the Peony Poppy (Papaver paeoniflorum). Whatever the species, she adds, "You should see them in the field; they are tall and lovely and fabulosa!"

Dyed Poppy Pods

Poppy seed pods become even more dramatic when dyed.

Kris and Jessica

The family that grow and sell flowers together....

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