“Garden to Palette”

Symphony of red flowers“Garden to Palette” was the theme of the Garden Club of Dublin’s flower show last week. The theme was inspired by The Dublin Art Colony, founded in 1888 by Abbott Thayer to share appreciation of the inspirational quality of Mt Monadnock.

Dublin School, Dublin NHThe Dublin School, founded in 1935, was the setting of the flower show. Divisions were spread among the attractive school buildings.

 Best in Show HorticultureBest in Show in Horticulture went to this mouth-watering collection of vegetables from the Noanett Garden Club. Yum.

Dahlias on ShowFlowers were grown and shown too. Here is a luscious display of late season dahlias. These New Hampshire growers must have been constantly looking at the weather, worrying about an early frost before the show.

The Grenvile Clark House by Richard MerymanBest In Show and Munger AwardRichard Meryman’s painting, “ The Grenvile Clark House”, was the inspiration for “Structure“.  Best in Show and the GCA Dorothy Vietor Munger Award went to The Editor and her partner for this showstopping design in vibrant reds. The detailed photo opening this post shows the tones of Gerbera, Rosa, Amaranthus, Hypericum, Leucadendron and, hanging by a thread, ivy and bladder plants. Structure was achieved by tall vases filled with colored water.

Red, white and blueSecond place went to this striking mass arrangement in reds, blues and white. Placed in three containers, this design echoed the colors of the painting. The whole class received a Judges’ Commendation for the varied responses to the painting “from traditional to contemporary”.

Novice Class First placeJoseph Linden Smith’s “Two Egyptians” is just visible in this photograph of the first place design in the Novice class called “Form”. This handsome vertical arrangement features a wonderful variety of textures from calla lilies, orchids, eucalyptus and kiwi vines.

Dreamscape #1-4 PollockDreamscape”, a series of four small encaustic paintings by Jesse Pollock, was a charming class which required designs not larger than 8” to complement the small size of the art.

First place & Novice AwardThe winner of the class (and the GCA Sandra Baylor Novice Award) used a shallow square box, tilted towards the backboard, with a wonderfully shaded and textural design that beautifully captured the essence of these misty paintings. Her “Dreamscape” was #2, upper right.

Second place milkweed pod mistsEmerging milkweed pods hover over and around this design of great variety of plant material, all in excellent scale, earning this exhibitor second in the class.

Wild Man and the MountainThe most seriously challenging art for designers was “Wild Man and the Mountain” by Janet Bleicken, offered in Class 6 “Dimension” open only to ZI Judges. This layered acrylic painting at 60” wide was the largest art in the show.

First with RulerThe blue ribbon winner cleverly used the graphics and agitated line of the folding ruler to echo the energetic strokes of the painting. It didn’t hurt that it was also a play on the class title.

 Second Judges classA traditional mass arrangement in the same color harmony as the painting was achieved by the use of foxtail grass, lisianthus, dahlias, hydrangeas, Cimicifuga, Nigella, and luscious chocolate cosmos.

Mt MonadnockAnother Meryman painting, echoing Abbott Thayer, “Mt. Monadnock” was the centerpiece of the class called “Light”.

First place "Light"Second place "Light"First and second place winners captured the intense white of the snowy landscape.

 Dublin School ChapelThank you to the GC of Dublin, to the indefatigable flower show chairmen, and to GCA Zone I for this pleasure and privilege. Congratulations on a delightful flower show. It was great fun!!



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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