Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Floral Design .... Containers Matter

In the Garden Club World there are over thirty different floral design types.  They range from simple to very complicated.  The balance between filled space and empty space varies with the design type, but any designer will tell you they both are equally important. Just as important as the structure, balance, depth, color, texture, etc. is the container that is used in the flower arrangement.  It sets the tone for the entire creation. It is the anchor of your art. (Don't be deceived.... a floral design is a very personal piece of artwork).

The container needs to match the design type given in the schedule, or if you are making a centerpiece for your home, it must certainly be a low to the table arrangement.  The greens and the flowers must not interrupt the line of vision.  As with any hobby or artistic endeavor, you must collect the things that are necessary for your craft.  Containers may be homemade or bought.  Homemade versions, for example, are clean tuna cans spray painted black or any color you choose. The other end of the spectrum is to buy them from potters or welders.  These tend to be pricey, but they are coming from artists as well.

Below are some photos of designs that were created using the perfect container for the type.  Enjoy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Frances Thrash RCGC Floral Designer

The Richmond Council of Gardens held their year-end luncheon last week at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Richmond, VA. The design program was by Frances Thrash of Virginia Beach. Frances is the president of the Richmond Designers Guild, a Flower Show Judge as well as an instructor in the Floral Basic Course. As you will see, she is very talented and creates a fun dialog as she creates her designs. She demonstrated several types of designs including a few new ones recently published the NGC handbook. I know you will enjoy the photos and appreciate her artistic eye.

Chester Garden Club creates centerpieces

The Chester Garden club met to create floral design centerpieces for the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs year-end luncheon. Pat Merson, 1st. VP of RCGC, and chair of the event asked the club to provide the designs this year. Rita Johnson, the 1st VP of CGC, created a design and brought it to show us as an example. Ten members met the day before and created them for the Council. Below is a picture of Rita's design and photos of club members.