Kaleidoscope…the flower show

GCA Annual Meeting logoKaleidoscope, the Flower Show, was installed in the 102nd GCA Annual Meeting in Rochester NY last week. From the outset, The Veep and I knew we needed help, & lots of it. We were fortunate enough to form an experienced committee of talented members from III clubs from across the state.

Kaleidoscope the flower showThe Kaleidoscope Flower Show schedule focused on the tangible aspects of kaleidoscopes themselves with classes called Facets, Prism, Spectrum and Multifaceted. Floral design classes were filled with designers from all twelve GCA zones and from as far away as Hawaii – Mahalo!

Kaleidoscope Optical Illusion was staged in a 12” x 8” X 8” niche with its own 15 watt light. This compelling illusion, framed in a vibrant red-orange matt, won the class and the Sandra Baylor Novice Award.

KaleidoscopeSecond in Optical Illusion was this asymmetrical design using branches of Harry Lauders’ Walking Stick, Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ . This class was given a Judges’ Commendation citing “An exceptionally high calibre response to a challenging class. These four illusions cast a spell!

 Facets Miniature Design First Facets SecondMiniature designs are not more than 5” in any direction, challenging the designer to pack a punch in a tiny creation. The first and second place winners in Facets, top and bottom, both used reflective surfaces to catch the eye. Top and first place, this design featured Tillandsia (air plant) and Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks). On the bottom,  two varieties of Haworthia created the floral component in excellent scale to capture second place. Proportion and scale are hugely important in the small design style.

KaleidoscopeColor & Light and Prism were wonderful classes staged on a black pedestals set before a free standing black door. This first prize design of imaginative color and form was terrific, even before the explosion of parrot tulips and gloriosa lilies were added!

KaleidoscopeSecond place in Color & Light also exhibited skillful use of color in a rainbow-like effect using a luscious abundance of blossoms: Crespedia, Hypericum, Rosa “Mambo”, calla lilies, mums, sea lavender, more Harry Lauder, dianthus and weeping elm.

KaleidoscopeOn the other side of the same doors, was Prism, which required an Underwater design. This striking design won first, Best In Show and the Harriet deWaele Puckett Creativity Award. The BIS citation read: “This dazzling example of repetition and variation achieves prismatic perfection”.

 Prism BIS petrie dishes detailsWhat more was there to say about the repetition of the petrie dishes, strung and hung, in the tall water-filled column than that?  Each had a beautifully interesting variety of kaleidoscopic color.

KaleidoscopeThe designers really brought their A-game as this second place design in Prism showed. The judges loved the prismatic containers and rods aligned with the pastel colors.

KaleidoscopeRedOrangeYellowGreenBlueViolet was a rainbow class, staged along a black curtained ‘wall’. Designers chose their color upon registration, only one of each color. They were staged in order of the class title. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the results were spectacular.

KaleidoscopeFirst and Dorothy Vietor Munger Award “for an arrangement of outstanding beauty using predominantly fresh flowers”, the Violet design (sadly in this photo more pink than its rosy purple cast) created a woven tapestry of striking calla lilies, a lovely patterned Dianthus, Alstromeria, Hypericum, orchids and roses.

KaleidoscopeGreen was captured in all its cool elegance by the imaginative use of containers and components in this second place winner which achieved a beautiful sense of great depth and mystery.

KaleidoscopeThird place went to Yellow in all its cascading, sunny warmth, using many orchids, Anthurium, Calathea and pandanus leaves. I hope to show the many more fantastic designs in the classes later in the summer.


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 Kaleidoscope…the flower show

  1. Sarah Ribeiro says:

    What fabulous designs !!!!!

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