Last week I was in Santa Barbara, where I joined almost two hundred lovely ladies of the Garden Club of America for several days at the Doubletree. The meetings were highlighted by beautiful dinners in true GCA style. Above is the view at cocktail time – the GCA never skips cocktail time!
First and foremost in the design are these luscious fat green hydrangeas. Later in the day, four of us went to visit the wholesaler, Florabunda in Carpenteria, who had provided all the material. Their hydrangea selection was phenomenal.
These mossy, square containers (12”? – sorry didn’t measure) come from Floral Supply Syndicate (www.fss.com wholesale only). They have a clear plastic lining to hold the Oasis. A similar container can be found on www.save-on-crafts.com plastic lined, slightly smaller at 8” with angled sides.
Long stems of green orchids were harvested for their blooms which were inserted into floral water pics, left. Succulents from a local SBGC member’s garden were used to complete the design. The very narrow leaf Leucadendron is on the upper right.
This is a far more beautiful and unique selection of roses than one can find at a wholesaler. Full-blown roses are so glamorous in table designs. Apologies for the quality of the iPhone shots, but despite this, the amazing variety of roses still shines through with their unique coloring.
This group is reminiscent of the Centennial Designs for GCA with the many yellow flowers. The bowls of the compote dishes were lined with yellow lemons – very clever. Kudos and thank you to all the ZXVII and SBGC members who spoiled us in Santa Barbara!