Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Easter or Spring Floral Designs our Arrangements March 2018

As you know, the creative drive comes of its own free will.  Here in central Virginia, we had three inches of snow yesterday, but I woke up with a startling thought that Easter is only two weeks away, even if snow is on the ground.  I have brought out my goodies and have tried to do different groupings throughout our home.  We will see how it goes.  I have a habit of moving things around all of the time.  It’s fun!!  I plan to make fresh floral designs as well and started looking for photo inspirations for Springtime.  Below are some designs that I have found on the internet.  I do not know who created them so I cannot give them credit.  Hope you are as inspired as I am.

Garden Club Dried Floral Designs Feb 2018

As you know, there are some great designs made of dried plant material.  If we look at the ones made with driftwood, for example, the container (driftwood) becomes a piece of art supporting the design.  I will do an article before too long on using driftwood, but for now, let’s focus on regular designs using dried plants.  Our club had a design category that called for this type of material.  Below you will see mostly traditional arrangements.  Hopefully, you can be inspired when you create a dried flower arrangement.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Garden Clubbing.... Let’s Begin. Novice Class

Our Club, as well as yours, I’m sure, have designers that are very skilled at arranging complicated and sophisticated designs.  The ability to take just a few items and turn them into works of art is something they do well.  The Chester GC is blessed to have four master judges in our ranks and they truly are able to make lovely arrangements.  But, we also have a good many novices that are intimidated by it all and so we have created a Novice Class that is mentored by one of the judges.  She has developed a schedule for the club year that progresses through the traditional design types and they meet the day before the monthly club meeting to put them together.  For two years they progress through this class then they advance to the regular schedule.  It works beautifully and creates a cohesiveness in the new members too.  I have created a page on Pinterest that showcases different types of beginning designs.  The Page is called.   Garden Club... Let’s Begin.  I will post the following designs onto that page as well.

Garden Club Illuminary Designs

The Chester Garden Club’s design schedule included a “Moonlight Dancing” category.  Many entries showcased a variety of work to interpret the theme.  As you can see, different types of materials were used to create the effect of light.  Whether it was tea lights, string lights, shiny plastic or metal.  All materials emitted light in the design.

Chester Garden Club February 2018

Our Club met in February and had several floral designs on display.  The one I am going to showcase now will be the one titled “Romance”.  There were several arrangements and roses seemed to be the flower of choice.  All fresh designs - Rule 1.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

NGC Grouped Mass Design Floral Design

I was playing around with the Grouped Mass Design today and came up with the flower arrangement below.  I'm still unsure about it, so I submitted it to a judge who is in our Club and I'm waiting for her opinion.  So.... what is a Grouped Mass Design???

Grouped Mass Design - a mass design of only plant material with radial placement.
Like material is grouped and placed next to other different grouped material.  Additional plant material may be included, but the proportion of groupings dominate the design.  Plant material emanates from one point of emergence.

The jury is out.... I'll let you know.

The word came back that this is not quite the thing.  I will get a better photo of a Grouped Mass Design to include here.

NGC New Design Type. - Low-Profile

I've been perusing the updated 2017 NGC Handbook. Garden Clubs world-wide follow this handbook very faithfully, even religiously, when they plan a Standard Flower Show or write the schedule for the upcoming Club year.  With the addition and deletion of so many design types, it is rather daunting to remember everything.  I have made a decision to study the five new types and also wrap my mind around the Botanical Arts info in Chapter 10.

The first type I'm studying is called the Low-Profile design type.  It is to be viewed and judged from above.  The other factors are:  It is to be a three-dimensional design incorporating three or more design techniques, and the completed design must be at least four times as long and/or wide as it is high.

Our Club had Jane Vandenburgh as a speaker in the Spring.  She is a very gifted designer and she focused on creating some of these new types for us.  I was lucky enough to win the low-profile design.  The pic with the purple clematis is the one Jane did... in the second one, I added stones, new leaves, and different yellow flowers to enter it in our Club's Garden Tour design exhibits in April.  The dimensions obviously match the rules.  And, as you look at the photos, you will see she has used bunching, leaf manipulation and a strong line.  When I changed it, I used the identical techniques, but added stones in the tray for texture.  The last picture you will see is one I got off of the internet.  It is so very simple.  It shows you the design does not have to be a rectangle to be an effective low-profile flower arrangement.