Hort Couture

 Hort CoutureLast weekend the Garden Club of Palm Beach unveiled their 2015 GCA Flower Show, Hort Couture.   And what a sumptuous show it was! The chic ladies of Palm Beach have nothing on the fashion statements from the floral design classes.

 Seam Ripper First placeThis stunning design won the class called “Seam Ripper”. The pristine tropical flowers in a ‘sweet’ harmony of color and varietal names include: Sugar cane, Helaconia “Yanakawa Chocolate”, Anthurium “Chocolate”, Zingiber macrademium “Chocolate”.

 Seam Ripper Second placeSecond place in “Seam Ripper” went to this subtly colored design in a harmony of taupes and greens. The background plaque is layered with fringed linen.

 Patterns First & Novice Award Patterns Munger side viewPatterns”, a Novice Class, was won by this complexly stacked design of black ceramic cubes juxtaposed to created great depth. This design also won the GCA’s Sandra Baylor Novice and the Dorothy Vietor Munger Awards.

Patterns Second placeSecond place in this Novice class was captured by this imaginative design of Anthurium and pussy willow that created an interesting textural contrast.

Hort Couture First placeMannequins were supplied to designers for “a dress created from a botanical dream” in “Hort Couture”. Lavish ferns and roses swept from the shoulder to the train in the first place winner.

 Hort Couture Second placeThe second place winner used the architectural curls of birch bark to form this stylish dress, winning the Harriet deWaele Puckett Award.

 On Pins and Needles First place

photo by Ellen Wiley

photo by Ellen Wiley

The niche class was called “On Pins and Needles”, inspiring this outstanding design using a pincushion protea, sitting on a graduated tower of pin holders. Brilliant placement of this winning design just ahead of the light insured that the protea and the needle were perfectly backlit.

 On Pins and Needles Second placeSecond place went to another imaginative design that fully used the entire niche space with the curving bear grass ‘thread’ from the spool, also wrapped in bear grass. Orchid buds create the pin heads in the pin cushion.

 Pleated and Ruffled First placePleated and Ruffled” appealed to many GCPB designers, including the creator of this first place winner with its sophisticated use of texture and dramatic color scheme. Incidentally the same designer won “On Pins and Needles” – lots of talent here.

 Pleated and Ruffled Second PlaceMme Gres (1903-1993) was channeled by the second place winner with this striking contrasting design in black and white.

 Bespoke First and Best in ShowBespoke pedestal surfaceBest in Show laurels crowned this classically spectacular mass arrangement required of the class “Bespoke”.   A contemporary twist was hidden on the top of the pedestal on which drawings, a tape measure and other accouterments, fulfilled the class requirement of incorporating fashion accessories or tools of the trade.

 Hort Couture Flower ShowWith Worth Avenue only blocks away, who could resist the chance to shop?


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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2 Responses to Hort Couture

  1. Mary Pressly says:

    Susan, thank you for posting photos of the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s flower show.
    We are thrilled so many enjoyed our show!

    • Susan says:

      Thank you Mary and congratulations on all your awards. I’m not sure how you do it? Produce a great show and win everything!! Cheers, Susan

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