Explore America … Redwoods, A Walk Among the Giants!

AIFD logoEach year at the Philadelphia Flower Show the floral design installation of the American Institute of Floral Designers is a much anticipated treat.   This year the AIFD took as their theme, REDWOODS, A Walk Among Giants.

AIFD Walkway

AIFD Walking through the Redwood

 AIFD Wall and succulents

The center point was the walkway through the space and through a constructed ‘redwood tree’.  The aisles are wood-textured cement with these succulent and flower filled ‘veins’.

 AIFD Inside the Tree

Inside the tree, scarlet vines and flowers rain down overhead, delighting the visitors who lined up to cross through under the tree.

Inside the logs

Fresh flowers were combined with large log installations.  All the flowers were scarlet and lime green.

 AIFD Amaryllis Stream

AIFD Cascading towers

 Cascade closeup

Uber-creative AIFD members Jane Godshalk and Crex Motzi created this part of the display.  Lime amaranth and hellebores contrast beautifully with the mass of scarlet blooms.

 AIFD Elk portrait

 AIFD Majestic Elk

The most captivating part of the display was this fantastic elk – see the trophies it collected.  The textures and forms were imaginative and delightful.

 AIFD tree panelsAIFD tree panels back

Trees were evoked with wonderful collage panels of cut logs, pine cones, flowers and other materials.

 AIFD Tall Trees

Harder to capture were the many tree like forms that rose up from the floor or were suspended.  It was fascinating to see the inventive use of shapes and materials.  Bravo AIFD!!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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