Worcester Magazine stated that "Flora in Winter Kicks the Snow off your Souls"...and they were right! This years Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum was fabulous, and it couldn't have come at a better time! Each year, garden club members and local florists interpret works from the museums collection through floral design. Professional florists create pieces to adorn the many public spaces throughout the galleries. Flora in Winter is a well needed reprieve from the long winter. This year Beverly McClure, the owner of Floral Elegance, interpreted the "Head of Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion". Bev also designed a piece for Floral Elegance's public space leading into the museum cafe'!
Virginia Orlando, a designer at Floral Elegance interpreted the "Seated Buddha in Maravijaya" (The Buddha calling the earth to witness), as well as design a piece to adorn a public space.
Virginia's public space piece was done in a large modern pedestal and matching bowl. She used mostly Tillandsia (air plants) and succulents to create the piece. The driftwood made the piece feel very sculptural. She wanted the public to see specimens they might have never seen before, as well as create a more sustainable piece, as the plants can be transplanted!
The Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, Ma also participates in Flora in Winter. Professional florists and garden club members decide if which venue they would like to design at: The Worcester Art Museum or the Botanical Gardens. The theme this year at Tower Hill was "Moments in Time". Designers chose a certain era or moment in their own life, and created a Floral piece to coordinate with it.
|This piece interpreted the "Art Deco" era, and the|
designer did a great job representing the graphic
shapes so prominent in the design of the decade.
|This piece was done remembrance of a lost loved one. What|
an elegant piece to honor someone and that moment in time. The
interesting container and wire adornments paired with the
graceful Phalaenopsis orchid made this piece simply eye-catching.