The Garden Club of Houston and River Oaks Garden Club presented the first Florescence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1995. Since then, Florescence has been held biennially in the spring at the Museum. Florescence is a Major Flower Show, accredited by The Garden Club of America, a status it was accorded at its inception in 1995. Every Florescence incorporates several classes of Floral Design, Botanical Arts, Horticultural Specimens, Horticultural Design, Photography and Needle Arts. Talented designers, gardeners and artists from The Garden Club of America member clubs may enter or exhibit at this show, and it is open to the public to enjoy. There are also special exhibits by invitation and a conservation exhibit that relates to the show theme.
Florescence: Time is scheduled for April 16-17, 2019 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
… just a few photos from the Florescence show for inspiration:
I recently attended a wonderful talk by local Houston designer Tony Huffman. If you get a chance to see his work, take it. Better if you can hear him talk, he is as delightful as his designs.
I recently attended a talk on tiny flower arrangements by Iris Leon, owner of Pod Flower Design. All the flower arrangements in the photos are under 8″x8″x8″. If you look closely you’ll recognize, candle holders, tea light holders, sushi sauce dishes as some of the containers.
Here are some tips on small flower arrangements:
1. Herbs make great sources for small flowers. The flowers are small, many have small leaves and you have the benefit of the lovely scent from many of them.
2. Floral tack is a great help. You can buy it at your local craft store. It comes in rolls and is thin and sticky. You can mount your green foam on your container with it.
3. Floral tape comes in green and clear. Clear is good for glass containers. One or two strips across your foam to the container will hold your foam in place and the clear won’t show. Do not cover all of the foam, it interferes too much with flower placement. You need all of the space on the foam for small arrangements.
4. Soak your green foam first and then just spray your arrangement with water and it should last a week.
5. Use flowers in bud not open for a longer arrangement.
6. Use tweezers to insert the stems into the foam, your fingers are too large.
7. Do not poke holes in the foam first. You’ll need every bit of that foam space.
8. Work on your creations at the same level they will be viewed from.
9. When bending leaves and grass for the more modern arrangements warm them up first and they will be less likely to crack or break on you.
10. Needlepoint plastic also works well. You can cut it to fit inside your container and insert your stems into the plastic holes.
I noticed this about a year ago and I really liked the effect. Instead of staking your orchid flowers with bamboo sticks many were using twigs and branches they had cut from trees. The twig blends into the flower much better and it all looks more natural.