Florescence….a Houston tradition

Flowers in a candlestandAs I wrote earlier this Spring (or whatever it is supposed to be here in the Berkshires), this is the season for flower shows.  “Treasures: Florescence”, a GCA Major Flower Show produced by the Garden Club of Houston and River Oaks Garden Club, is held biannually at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Houston Flower ShowFloral design, horticulture, photography, conservation, botanical and needle arts exhibits fill the stunning museum galleries on every floor. The show kicked off Tuesday night with a gala party for le tout Houston.  Today it is just a memory.

Matta painting capturedThis stunning and imaginative design in Class 1: Contemporary Treasures interpreted “26” by Roberto Matta with verve and style and captured “Best in Show” for Floral Design.

Paris in flowersFlower Shows in museums are enhanced by the wonderful lighting and generous space such a building prizes.  However when the art on the walls is not being interpreted, it often makes it a challenge to photograph exhibits clearly.  Class 6:  Treasure Islands: asks the designer to name the island.  This island is the Ile de la Cite in Paris and is evoked by a superb exhibition table which garnered first prize.  The Parisian mood is captured with stained glass windows, cafés, towers and flowers.

Treasure box flowersClass 5: Hidden Treasures is a challenge class wherein all the materials are supplied to the designers at the show when they have to design on the spot.  This first place winner created much excitement out of the mostly dried materials and the treasure chest container.

Tulips and blingThe winner in a second challenge glass, Class 4: Jewel Box created in the golden container with bright tulips and bling.

Underwater orchidsSunken Treasures, Class 8, called for an Underwater Design.  These green cymbidium orchids snaked through the pellucid waters of the winning design.

Fashion statementClass 7: Runway Gems featured fashions by three prominent Houston designers: Chloe Dao, Jerri Moore and David Peck.  This winning design used brilliant yellow calla lilies, gloriosa lilies and cymbidiums, paired with chocolate anthurium and purple ornamental artichokes.

Delightful designsAn antique chapel candle stand was the imaginative staging for Thousand Points of Light, the Novice class.  Exhibitors were provisional members of both garden clubs.  These diminutive designs charmed us all.

Congratulations to these winners and the members of both clubs for a super flower show!


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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One Response to Florescence….a Houston tradition

  1. Alexandra Donovan says:

    I like the jewel box!

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