Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Notre Dame Floral Showcase

This past week, we had the opportunity to participate in a unique event-the First Annual Notre Dame Floral Design Showcase. The event was a fundraiser for Notre Dame's choral program and featured designers from Burst, Aster Park, Schroeder's and Branching Out. We all got to bring product of our own choosing and create an original design on stage-one each for six different categories. Frank from Frank's Dinner Theater provided the commentary-he was hilarious and most interested in discovering what flowers he could eat!

The arrangements were sent home at the end of the event with lucky attendees (drawn randomly!). I missed pics of some as they went out the door quickly! But here's what I did capture!

This is one of my favorites. It represents spring to me. At least, spring in Wisconsin! We always get that one late season snow that blankets the bulb plants and then melts away. The daffodils are real (I had a lot of people ask me that!) but the snow isn't (it's that really cool fake snow stuff that you just mix with water. It's cold, it's wet, it totally looks real! And yes, we sell it :)

This is my tropical arrangement. It features protea, tropical foliage and beautiful phaleonopsis and paphiopedilum orchids. Unfortunately, in this shot the paphiopedilum orchids are being a bit camera shy and faced the wrong direction. If you want to treat yourself, just run a google image search on them. They are amazing. For this design, I wanted to work with pinks and purples as everyone thinks of tropical flowers in oranges, red and yellows.

Here are those warm colors! They are wonderful to see in the middle of winter, so I couldn't leave them out. This is my long and low design which features gloriosa lilies, acacia, tillandsia and marble vine.

I extended the long and low line by suspending some gloriosas in water tubes (wrapped in faux-leaf ribbon) among horizontally-placed birch branches which ran the length of the arrangement.

And two quick close-ups of some of the starring stems from the evening. Above, "black" anthurium and that beautiful phaleonopsis. And below, the marble vine and tillandsia.

It was a fantastic evening. It got to work next to my former co-worker (Jay from Burst) and we had a blast. My fellow designers and I have even grander plans for next year! There was talk of doing a "musical chairs" design. We each start a design and then change stations and finish someone else's. Stay tuned to our facebook page, and I'll make sure to post details on next years as they become available! I'm sure it will be bigger, better and even more fabulous!
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1 comment:

  1. Love the daffodils in snow! Plenty of snow here, but I'm not expecting daffodils any time soon.


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