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Floral Designs Match Works of Art

by Stephen Rittner on July 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

The fusion of floral designs with other types of art is celebrated in museums across the country with “Art in Bloom” exhibits. Art in Bloom originated in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1976. I love going to the exhibit every year. Here are some pieces from this year’s Art in Bloom at the MFA.

When you go to Art In Bloom, you never know what masterpieces will be paired with flowers. Will it be a bowl decorated by Jackson Pollock?

“Flight of Man” by Jackson Pollock interpreted with flowers by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover.

“Flight of Man” by Jackson Pollock interpreted with flowers by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover.

Or perhaps models of boats created by ancient Egyptians will inspire a floral designer.  Read More

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Loving the ‘Greenery’ Trend

by Carol Caggiano on June 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

A lush hand-tied bouquet of sword fern, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, silver brunia and astrandia was accented with white eskimo roses and white sweet peas was created for the bride to carry while the guest tables were a glow with candles entwined with hand made garlands of ferns, ruscus, lemon leaf and touches of dusty miller for color and texture.Each year, creative people wait for Pantone to announce its “color of the year.” For 2017, the color is “Greenery,” a lovely shade of fresh leaf green. At first, I thought the name greenery unimaginative, kind of boring, but I soon realized that for this year, the name not only depicts a color but also a state of mind.

As technology occupies more and more of our time and space, and the world talks of robots that can pretty much take the place of humans, we find ourselves being drawn more and more toward things that are natural, part of a world that is not manufactured or controlled by electronics. But we take it even further to appreciating simple forms, such as leaves and vines. We have always loved flowers and still do, but now the simple motif of a fern leaf brings us joy and comfort, energizing us at the same time.

We see this translated in design on many levels, such as fashion and home interiors. Fern prints are in demand and “Greenery” painted furniture and home accessories are popping up everywhere. I saw the most gorgeous pair of “Greenery” shoes with all kinds of jewelry to coordinate.  Read More

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Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/My 4-year-old grandson and I were walking through an inside public area that had many planters. He walked up to one plant with brown leaves, visibly in need of water. “This hurts my feelings,” he said. Seeing the plant in bad shape made him sad.

Research proves flowers and plants make us happy and benefit our emotional health. However, I had never considered the opposite emotional response to seeing flowers and plants in poor condition.

Just like my grandson’s reaction, it hurts my feelings to see plants turn brown from neglect. It hurts my feelings to see a floral design in a vase of dirty water with fuzzy stems or dead flowers.

The beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers make them special gifts. For maximum enjoyment, take care of them. When the water turns cloudy, empty the vase and refill with fresh water mixed with floral food. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water. When flowers start to fade, clip them.  Read More

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Summer is here, and a new season usually means general interior refreshing. For a quick and easy transformation, look to the beauty provided by Mother Nature. A plant, or two (or three) can transform a space and breathe new life to tired décor. Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year, can be taken two ways; it’s a fabulous hue and it is also a term used for foliage plants. Coming in so many varieties, there is a plant perfect for every room of the house and every level of plant expertise.

For the plant novice, you want to be promised success. Look for a plant with flexible water and light needs. Most everyone can keep the trending succulent plants alive. You can set these on a table and forget about them. Occasionally add a bit of water. Mostly, you may have to add a light dusting to your housekeeping agenda to keep them pretty.

Succulent - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

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Eco Chic Weddings

by Joyce Mason-Monheim on May 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Eco Chic Weddings - Photo Courtesy Accent Decor with floral director Joyce Mason-MonheimOne of the most interesting wedding trends this season is Eco Chic. This trend is all about the environment and its ecological habitat, and combining that with smart elegance and sophistication with flowers and natural elements.

Eco Chic creates a beautiful natural calmness, perfect for outdoor weddings in a garden, park or lakeside.

The colors and flowers of Eco Chic are soft and calming. Soft blush peach tulips with the calming scent of lavender contrast with textural elements of gray dusty miller and silver Brunia.  Read More