Hort Couture Part Two

 Welcome to Hort CoutureWelcome to Palm Beach and Hort Couture Part Two. This stylish dress form and the stunning post of the show began the warm welcome to the Society of the Four Arts and the GC of Palm Beach’s 2015 Flower Show.

 Stylish ShopperInside stylish shoppers mingled with the show visitors – over 2400!! – strong. What a huge success for GCPB!

 Hanging OrchidsTwo rooms were dedicated to wonderful horticulture entries in classes of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, begonias and more.   Note the hanging orchid staging on the left.

 Bonsai ClassUnusually (at least to me) there was a class of Bonsai. I thought Bonsai, like Ikebana, was never judged. Don’t they look wonderful in the show?

 Horticulture GCA Beattie Medal winnerA magnificent and stately cypress bonsai won the GCA’s Catherine Beattie Medal plus a beautiful silver GCPB Trophy.

 GCA Rosie Jones AwardThis robustly booming Cattleya orchid won the GCA’s Rosie Jones Horticulture Award which honors exceptional visual appeal and celebrates “the joy of growing”.

Bonsai OleanderBest In Show was captured by this brightly blooming bonsai Apocynaceae adendium, which I hope I deciphered correctly from the card. Google directed me to Nerium oleander. By any name, pretty gorgeous!

 First and GCA Novice Award for Botanical ArtsBotanical Arts had special eye level cases to show off the entries in Botanical Couture. “Something to Hold On To” was a class for a handbag created entirely from all dried material. First and GCA Novice Award went to this purse called “Take me to the Ball”, created from Pitch Apple, Madagascar, Norfolk Island, Cataract and Coconut Palms, and Star Anise.

 Botanical Arts Handbag Second placeSecond place in “Something…” was this vibrant green handbag with the intent: “Something to Hold Onto? Green spaces and wild natives – precious treasures!”  

 Botanical Arts Best in Show Watch Your StepLucky GCPB designers can walk out and get coconut and petticoat palms. “Much Ado about a Shoe” was the delightful title for a class of shoes again made entirely from dried materials. “Watch Your Step!” won first place and Best in Show in Botanical Arts for this stylish textured shoe made from Royal, Travelers, Areca and Taraw palms, almonds, sea grape, jasmine and ficus.

Wicked BA Creativity AwardOnly two materials were used in the creation of “Wicked” winning it second place and the GCA Botanical Arts Creativity Award.

photo Ellen Wiley

photo Ellen Wiley

Shopping cart, Palm Beach style, and a labor of creative wonder delighted all the visitors. Notice the GCA logo on the hubcaps!


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 Hort Couture Part Two

  1. Alexandra says:

    So fun! What great ideas! I love the shoes and the VW Bug

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