by Tom Sebenius
Queen Victoria and her husband German Prince Albert helped to popularize the tradition of the Christmas tree and this luxurious centerpiece pays tribute to their legacy. Typical of the era, two topiaries fashioned from hazelnuts and pinecones flank a resplendent floral representation of the noble pine. Deep shades of scarlet, crimson and burgundy complement the rich green of the mossy arbors and evoke a traditional holiday spirit. A swirl of velvet ribbon wraps this gift with flare and style.
Flowers and materials featured: Hazelnuts, Pinecones, Eucalyptus Pods, Lotus Pods, Reindeer Moss, Sheet Moss, Cedar, Seeded Eucalyptus, Holly, Ivy, Black Beauty Roses, Burgundy Cymbidiums, Red Bouvardia, Red Astilbe, Red Mini Carnations, Antique Red Hydrangea, Eryngium, Red Hypericum Berries and Silver Brunia
For more than 20 years, Tom has helped create the floral masterpieces in the Tournament of Roses Parade in his native Pasadena, Calif. Tom earned a degree in theatrical design from Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y., but his love of flowers was too strong to ignore. He worked for two top design firms in Los Angeles, and the fast pace and exciting culture of the event industry was a revelation. Tom has since combined his passion for drama, pageantry and botanicals as creative director at New York City’s Starbright Floral Design. In addition, Tom teaches floral design classes at the New York Botanical Garden.