Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious….a winner!

Philadelphia entry mockupIt began with a string….well maybe it started just before the string when I realized my original design for the Philadelphia Flower Show entry was really not going to work.   Then came the string,  strung between an upside down stool and a sonotube.  Sonotubes are the heavy cardboard tubes used to mold cement posts.  The roll of split bamboo fencing which is to run between two stands is in the back on the floor.

Exhibit infoEach exhibitor’s space is 8 feet square by 10 feet high supplied with a 4 foot pole on an 18 inch base.

screening painted blackThe hardest part was figuring out how to make the fence not only stand up but also support the floral design element.  While I figured it out, I kept on with the idea.  First I trimmed the fence height and then painted it flat black.  The final shape on top tapered to the right.

curly willow structureAnd I started a superstructure of large curly willow branches, interwoven and held in place with cable ties.  These are so easy to use and hold very securely.  They come in a variety of lengths and colors.  While the willow structure is over 8 feet long, it is very light and fit easily on top of the fencing.

willow superstructureAfter I was satisfied with the superstructure, I sprayed the whole thing with Rust-oleum Ultra Cover 2X Grape spraypaint in a glossy finish which covers beautifully with just one coat.

studio trials of willowNext I began “auditioning” dried elements in bright colors to reflect the class title: Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!  Once I was happy with the distribution I used bright lime cable ties to keep them in place.

superstructure on the roadI rolled it up securely in plastic drop cloths and put it in the car.  The fence wound around the sonotube went in next.  The flowers were ordered from Younger’s wholesale florist in Landsdale PA.  They were tip top and the wonderful folks there packed them with cotton wool and extra packing enabling me to leave them for 2 days in the Marriott garage.

Willow and orchidsIt was a large exhibit to put in alone, but for the hardest part, I had help from The Pinkster who was there to pass designs.  The back of the fence with the sonotube was threaded over the supplied pole and held in place with cable ties.  The front wraps around a heavy 6 inch pvc pipe.  In the middle you can just see the bases of some iron stands painted to match the floor.  Everything was cable tied.

Oasis ballsThe flowers are:  purple phalenopsis and dendrobium orchids, lime and purple anthurium, hot pink carnations, some fatsia leaves, and a dotting of yellow onciddium orchids.  There were Oasis nests wired in at intervals on both sides of the fencing to hold the flowers.


It was thrilling to win First in the class, then Best of the Day and finally Best of the Week!  Click to see a video of the flowers!



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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5 Responses to Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious….a winner!

  1. alexandra donovan says:

    Fantastic!! Congratulations! Well-deserved win, win and win. Very creative and colorful – its looks amazing!

  2. Betsy says:

    myohmyohmy! What an undertaking! Congratulations, Susan, on a real tour de force!

  3. Alice Farley says:

    Well done, you! That was gorgeous. Gorgeous I say!

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