Following flower shows from Westport CT to Boston MA has kept me from the garden lately. Flower shows are a wonderful tool for educating yourself about plants. ‘Splish Splash’ was held at the Christ Church in downtown Westport CT. The staging of this show was one of the best I’ve seen.
It’s not easy to make rows of cut specimens look interesting other than for the intrinsic appeal of the flowers. Here they hung a sculpture of blue water with blue light added to evoke the theme of the show , ‘Splish Splash.’ The Sasqua Garden Club, is a shore town, focusing on water is central! (My photo doesn’t do justice.) They showcased the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds!
Flower arranging and floral design is outside my skill set, so I am always fascinated by what can come from a simple directive. The design above was one of four from Class 5 ‘Streamside Picnic.’ A design incorporating the concept of dining for at least two people within a designated open space. The tossed bikini top brought smiles to all!
From Sasqua, I went on to my next assignment in Boston. I really did my homework for this show, as it was a Zone show, incorporating all the Clubs within that area. The Horticulture component of the show “Visions and Vistas, Frederick Law Olmstead” was held at the Weld Research Center, near the Arnold Arboretum.
Some think she would roll over in her grave, but I think that as a forward thinking woman, she would approve of any attempt to bring visitors, artists and scholars to her museum, and if this addition is what it takes, approve she would.
We had an incredible dinner at T.W. Food in Cambridge that night. We are ranking it up there in our top ten! Pollack with fresh Spring peas and fiddleheads – I would drive the 3 hours to Cambridge just for a second taste!
But all of the excitement of the flower shows is past, and now the continuing study of horticulture goes on both in my own garden and others visited, along with books, books, books. New one on Succulents on my bedside table….