Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Christmas at the US Botanic Garden

In the week before Thanksgiving, we worked on a Christmas installation for the US Botanic Garden. We were given a 40 foot long by 4 foot deep raised bed and 2 smaller beds in the conservatory to decorate for Christmas. The color scheme had to work with the palette of colors used in the rest of the Christmas installations in the building - silver/cobalt blue. We opted for a very subtle palette of silver and the pale blue/green of spruce and junipers with mostly silvery and glass decorations. We also used a pale pink poinsettia with silvery leaves.
We wrapped trees in silver painted grape vine that jumped off and flowed over other plants. An old circular stained glass window frame leans against the back glass window next to the Christmas tree.
This installations will be up until January 6 and may evolve over the next 7 weeks - we have to fluff it up each week to keep it looking fresh.
There is also the most amazing outdoor train layout made by a group from Kentucky. If you are in DC - come and check this out.
This photo is one of part of the main bed - more posts will follow with other details.

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