Table Talk….Philadelphia Flower Show

Prime Minister's hallwayWelcome” was a new class in the Philadelphia show this year.  This required “an arrangement for an entrance/foyer table, to be viewed from two sides”.  The designers had to supply the table, plus accessories if desired.  The space was roughly six feet wide by 4 feet deep.  Welcome: Downing Street was the opening day class title.  Winston Churchill’s cigars fit neatly in the box on the lovely table.

Number 10 close-upThese classes were very popular with the public being, for the most part, very floriferous mass arrangements.  All the exhibitors had beautiful very fresh materials.  No matter what the calendar says Spring has not arrived here in the Northeast, so these lush arrangements will allow us to pretend it has.

Empire tableEveryone had fun with these titles.  This Downing Street arrangement is displayed on a charming inlaid table, part of the Empire?

Spring at number 10This entry used a pair of containers to form one arrangement filling long narrow table.  You can just see the second urn in the middle in shadow.  A tray held calling cards for Lady Astor and Antony Eden.  The sharp-eyed will notice that the banner on the website is a detail of this design.

Manor hallWelcome: To the Manor Born was the title for Monday’s class.  Botanical illustrations and wellies greet Manor visitors.

Pristine mass arrangementA pristine arrangement in exquisite color harmony for an elegant entrance table.  Plenty of room for Mr. Darcy’s sword.

Winning arrangementA close-up of the arrangement that won Best of the Week for Welcome.

Lamb and flowersWelcome: Cotswold Cottage was Wednesday’s offering.  A charming lamb has wandered into this lovely foyer.

welcoming dogLest there be altercations, the neighbor’s dog is staying firmly inside this Cotswold cottage.  Can you imagine two cuter accessories and in such good scale?

Tropical foyerWelcome: Notting Hill  This Notting Hill resident has been taking floral design lessons.  This is one of only a couple of flower arrangements (and the only one I got a picture of in this section) that were more contemporary in character.

Lilies and roses Notting HillThis gateleg table has a warm, weathered painted finish in this foyer in Notting Hill.  Is it behind the blue door?  Probably not, I remember only bikes and stuff there.  Oh, and Hugh Grant….




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 Table Talk….Philadelphia Flower Show

  1. Alexandra Donovan says:

    Very clever! I can see why this category was a favorite.

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