Sunday, July 18, 2010

Holton Graduation

Here are some photos from Holton's graduation this year. Hal and I have been making the graduation bouquets for years now. This year marked a change from red roses in the bouquets to yellow. I made several sample bouquets - yellow roses, white daisy mums and a mixed bouquet of delphinium, daisies and yellow spray roses. The girls voted for the yellow rose bouquets pictured here. Every year a new group of junior moms decorate the bridge leading to the amphitheater where graduation takes place. Each group has it's own ideas and thoughts about how best to decorate the campus. This year the color palette was yellow, blue and white. They used large sunflowers which really stood out in the arrangements and expanded the number of decorations made. It was a beautiful day and the girls were happy with everything.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

AIFD Symposium

This past week I attended the American Institute of Floral Designers symposium in Boston. The event lasts for almost 7 days and included educational programs, workshops and meetings for the members. I went to almost every program offered and learned about the latest floral trends, the use of small magnets in floral design, the look of Christmas 2010 and the part flowers take in funerals in many cultures. Additionally there were programs by British, French, German and Canadian floral designers. On Thursday I took a workshop with Gregor Lersch, a German floral artist. He makes woven wire structures and uses wire wrapped water tubes to attach the flowers. During the 6 hour session we copied 2 of his pieces so we could learn the techniques of his wire work. These are the 2 pieces that I made. It was great fun to learn such an unusual technique.