Jane’s a Natural!

Biedermeier designLet’s take one last look at the Newport Flower Show weekend and see the inspiring designs created by the uber-talented Jane Godshalk to a post luncheon standing room only crowd.

Flower Arranging SecretsEveryone was charmed by Jane’s warm, engaging manner, the sign of a natural teacher, which in fact she is, being on the faculty at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA. Her new book, Flower Arranging Secrets – Natural Designs for Everyday Living, is filled with countless ideas to bring flowers into your home year round. It is available on her website www.janegodshalk.com and from the Longwood Gardens gift shop.

Jane between Rock and a Hard placeFull disclaimer here for the photographic problems experienced sitting at the lunch table (lower than Jane) and trying to photograph between a rock (the transformer on the left, and a hard place, the microphone on the right). It has made for some odd cropping in a long post with lots of photos. I hope you’ll bear with me.

Parallel in silver vaseA lustrous silver rectangular vase was the vessel for this parallel design begun with black pussy willow and Equisetum (horsetail) placed in varying amounts in three separate groups.

Parallel with allium, liliesIn a harmony of lovely color, Gentian, monkshood, Allium, Ornathogalum have been added. All of these stems are in sand, not Oasis. Jane said to use “play sand, not builder’s sand” and add about 1/3 water to 2/3 sand. The play sand comes in 50# bags. Maybe try it out with a couple of decorative sand bags from Michael’s before you invest in that much sand. Jane probably goes through a bag a week!

 Parallel adding a second vaseIn a dramatic finish, a second low silver container with similar flower heads was placed in front to give the design more punch and great depth.

Vase with braided topUsing a low black classical ceramic urn, Jane made it took more contemporary and increased the design area by adding a wreath-like structure of woven vines.

 Low Urn adding smokebushSmoketree or smokebush, Cotinus coggyria, is in bloom now in New England. It is a rarely seen magical addition for distinguished designs. Jane placed them in an asymmetrical form to elongate the container even further.

 Low Urn with smokebush and euphorbia Urn peonies and roses addedThe low urn was filled additionally with dog-eyed Ecucalyptus (showing well on the right, top) and other foliage before red roses were added. Finally, bottom,  magnificent yellow tree peonies were tucked among the roses in this breathtaking design!

 Horizontal design structureHardest to photograph was this horizontally structured design which was my favorite. The container was a long low plexi-glass rectangle, surmounted by Jane’s intricate construction of Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and Manzantita. The succulents were Haworthia which are slightly striped adding more wonderful pattern.

 Horizontal detail of tiesA detail of the construction shows the several binding materials including this wonderful tawny twine. The construction was solid!

Horizontal with Green Goddess CallasHuge ‘Green Goddess’ Calla Lilies were placed to emphasize the horizontal thrust of the design, while green hydrangeas and pale green and red roses were placed often in groups of two or three.

Horizontal with branchesI had a chance to photograph this away from the microphone and lights, closer at a reasonable height. Vines and the dog-eyed Euphorbia have been place on this side. I can’t wait to try something like this. The best teachers make you want to run out and try things immediately!!

WAFA construction WAFA Construction with Amaranthus CarnationsWAFA Construction Gloriosa LiliesThe piece-de-resistance for the day was this dramatically gorgeous design which began its life as a square construction of chicken wire and angel-vine (Muehlenbebeckia complexa ) suspended on black dowels. Jane began to add all manner of beautiful blooms in a progression seen above: Alstromeria, Colylopsis, Viburnum opulus, Hydrangea, Delphinium, Dianthus, Rosa, and ending with the aptly named Gloriosa Lily.

WAFA Construction GAthered UPWith her trusted flower-Ninja removing the dowels, Jane brought the house down when she gathered the entire design up into a massive bouquet and placed it in a deep tulip shaped vase!! BRAVA!

Newport bouquetIf you are like me and will follow Jane anywhere, go to Longwood Gardens (July 1- Oct 30) and see her work in a light show called “Nightscapes”. She and her partner, Cres Motzi (of the much missed Bouquets in Motion), created a 10 foot in diameter orb, covered in vines and lichen, which is hung and rotating over the pond in the East Conservatory.  WOW!

Red white and blueHappy holiday weekend Cheers!.

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 Jane’s a Natural!

  1. Liza says:

    wonderful coverage of the Newport Flower show and a special thank you for selecting my mobile. I still do not understand the judging, Oh well.

    Hope you had a great fourth weekend. xoxo

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