American Beauty…timeless style part three

Marble HouseAlthough it was a bit of a damp night, it wasn’t raining for the Newport Flower Show’s Judges Cocktail Party and Dinner. Nothing could dampen our spirits at walking up the driveway and entering Marble House for the beautiful party! It was a wonderful dinner and a great prelude to judging the show.

American Arts & Crafts FIRSTAmerican Arts and Crafts – countless was staged in a gray niche with a challenging oval opening 32” wide and 28” wide, seen easily in the top photo. This class required all plant material be grown in the designer’s own garden and included a ceramic container or tile reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts period. First place, as you see, went to this design which included a beautiful celadon and brown container and a geometric background.

American Arts & Crafts Second Pardee Award with Rosa seraceaIt’s not often you see Rosa sericea ptericantha, Wingthorn Rose, much less in a flower arrangement. Also in the design was smoke bush, peach, peony, Spirea, Allium, Heuchera, and just left below, Baptisia sphaerocarpa ‘Screamin’ Yellow’ – can you imagine how beautiful this garden must be?? This design of unusual materials won the Bettie Barden Pardee Award for a design featuring all fresh plant grown and arranged by the exhibitor.

 American  Beauty Mass FirstAmerican Beauty mass designAmerican Beauty – timeless was a design class calling for a mass design in tribute to George Bancroft in whose garden in the original Rosecliff the American Beauty Rose was first discovered. The designers had to create traditional mass designs which included roses, inspired by the timeless American Beauty Rose.

American Bridesmaid FIRSTAmerican Bridesmaid  SECONDWith wedding cakes and wedding dresses, could bouquets be far behind? American Bridesmaid – strapless focused for a bridesmaid’s bouquet to today’s times ‘that a bridesmaid would be happy to carry’. These two designs captured the stylishness of today’s bouquets with asymmetrical designs and contemporary grouping of flowers.

 July FourthHappy Fourth of July!! Cheers!

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American Beauty…timeless style part two

The Newport Flower ShowOne of the fascinating parts of the Newport Show is how the schedule writers work a story into each theme.   This year was no exception. Each Floral Design class had a capsule history lesson.

 American AutomobilesIn the Ballroom, a mobile design was described: “American Automobiles….tireless. America has been in love with the automobile since Henry Ford’s assembly line made it possible for most Americans to own a car. Ford’s invention make this conveyance commonplace.”  These were hanging designs which featured all sorts of automotive parts and accessories.

 American Novel FirstAmerican Novel SecondGreat American Novel – fearless was a tribute to Newport’s own Edith Wharton, America’s most celebrated female author, who summered here at Land’s End. The class description read “ to complement a named book title authored by the legendary Edith Wharton, who managed the difficult feat of being worldly, morally scrupulous and fearless all at the same time”.   The First and Second winners feature Ethan Frome and Summer, respectively.

 American Wedding Gown cascadeIn the center of the ballroom was a white painted wooden arbor with photographs of Jackie and Jack Kennedy on their wedding day in Newport in 1953. It was the centerpiece for the staging of American Wedding Gown – peerless. The exhibitors were asked to create a cascade design to celebrate Jackie Kennedy’s wedding. This lovely design is seen in two views, cascading down with vibrant roses and Ruscus.

 Cascade Bridal Bouquet FirstYards of white tulle and masses of orchids cascade from this arching design with a corresponding arc of bird’s nest ferns to capture first in the class.

Cascade Bridal Bouquet part oneAnother designer took advantage of the gracefully cascading Ruscus to weave this design with white Anthurium, bright roses and orchids.

 American Wedding Gown ThirdThe luscious color of the magnificent roses and peonies captured my interest so much I  put it in as the banner of the website. Surely Jackie would have loved these too.

American Paintings FIRST BIS NOVICEIt was a thrilling day for two Southern exhibitors, new to the Newport Show, to capture not only first in American Painting –wordless, but to go on to win the Newport Novice Award and ultimately Best In Show!!  And, no, the photo behind it has nothing to do with it.  Of this underwater design, the judges said “Creative, original interpretation of class enhanced by choice of pattern, color and texture for a cohesive design.”  Bravo!


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American Beauty…timeless style

 Welcome to RosecliffWelcome to Rosecliff! June brings the flower world to Newport to the Newport Flower Show, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Congratulations to all those who have made this show better and better!

American Beauty – Timeless Style was the theme honoring great American traditions as well as the ‘American Beauty’ Rose, bred from a garden rose from the original Rosecliff. Photography, floral design and horticulture classes all reflected American cultural traditions with titles like The American Melting Pot (container class), The White City (honoring the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a garden design) and American Jazz (manipulated photograph).

Judges Challenge ClassAmerican Architecture – limitless was staged in the grand entrance hall of Rosecliff. This was a Judges Invitational Challenge Class filled with four of the GCA’s top designers. Heady company for each! Although Rosecliff was designed by Stanford White in 1902, this class calling for a contemporary design looked forward to architecture today.

And what a challenge it was. “A contemporary design that expresses elegance and limitless boundaries.” Designers were given a standing apparatus, a wooden framed cube, plexiglass poles, midolino sticks, yellow whatever, beautiful bright red Anthuriums, yellow Leucospermum, Hypericum, and Dracena, plus all the mechanics to put them together. The designs are shown in order of placement with first at the top.

American Decorator First & FirstAmerican Decoratorceaseless honored Dorothy Draper and her style called “Modern Baroque” which added modern to classical decoration. This design class called for a two-sided design, in which in the NGC tradition, each side was judged separately, effectively making it two classes. These classes, A and B, called for A: Classical and B: Modern. This asymmetrical design, with its lush peonies on the front and cool modern white Anthurium on the back, won first for both sides.

 Second American Decorator anthuriumAmerican Decorator Details of two other winning ‘back sides’ of designs in American Decorator show how effective Anthurium and calla lilies are to convey modernity. The crowds here were particularly fierce so photographing was difficult.

Cakes in Rosecliff dining RoomAppropriately enough, in Rosecliff’s dining room (surrounded by the photography panels) was American Wedding Cakes – breathless a tribute to the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes’, Sylvia Weinstock, whose tiered cakes have often been seen at Newport weddings.

 American wedding cake FIRSTFirst in the class was this towering floral confection of lush roses and bright green ‘Kermit’ button mums. The wider bands of ‘cake layers’ were created from very beautiful, circular-textured green ribbon.

 American Wedding cakes SecondA detail of the second place winner shows the myriad of June blooms that made up the many layers of this wedding cake. More to come….




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