GTGC's First Ever Virtual Flower Show - Celebrating Father's Day
Thank you to everyone who helped make our virtual show a success! Our judges concurred that all entries were fabulous!
A note to participants from our judges: Dear Floral Design Participants, The judging team would like to congratulate all of you for participating in the show! It takes a lot of courage to enter and you all should be so proud of yourselves for taking this chance. The entries clearly showed that you are NOT beginners! You are all well on your way and will continue to learn as you participate more. Be proud and enjoy the process and success that comes your way!
Below are each of the winning entries with judges' comments:
Exhibitor: Kristin Sheehan
Perfect interpretation of "Gone Fishing." No sinkers here!
A note from Kristin:
My favorite arrangement, any time of year, is a layered arrangement made of greens from the garden.
Because this was the first Virtual Flower Show I thought that at least one type of bloom should be included in my Gone Fishin’ arrangement. This simple Father’s Day arrangement, in a vintage fishing creel, started with Hosta leaves as the base and while our Iris blooms had come and gone, their long leaves were perfect for height. The feathery fronds of Japanese Painted Ferns and the upright structure of Salvia, used as the middle layers, rounded out the arrangement.
What fun I had creating this piece. Thanks fo Cato and Cindy for encouraging me, as a novice, to enter the show! I am flattered to have been chosen the winner!
Exhibitor: Mary Sullivan
Choice of plant material is stunning. The leather straps on the creel lead your eye into the design. Placement of butterfly stem on the right distracts from the balance of the design.
Exhibitor: Sarah Slaughter
A lush combination of plant material. Gerbera Daisy color and placement divides the design.
Exhibitor: Bonnie Rohmer
A cheerful arrangement with high visual impact. Choice of sunflowers compliments the container. Lacks height.
MEMBERS' FAVORITE Our members agreed with our judging panel: the arrangements were wonderful. Everyone LOVED them all. While each of the arrangements received numerous votes, Kristen Sheehan's "Gone Fishing" wins the "Members' Favorite" Award!
Special thanks to the FEVFS Chairs, Cato Schley and Cindy Bohlen; to our judges Margot Paddock, Sara Murphy, and Rana Holbrook; and to our show clerks Julia Burke and Susan Forrer. Well done, ladies!
*Please find more photos of each arrangement on our Floral Design Committee page.
Pink Is Perfect A classic mixed-flower arrangement doesn't have to be difficult -- use your intuition to arrange gorgeous arrangements. Make an impressive flower arrangement on your own. Just start with cohesive color scheme (we chose pinks in every shade). -- Start by arranging the flowers in your hand, placing the larger flowers near the base of the group. -- Pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller lilac stems near the top and back. -- Lightly bind the stems with twine and place in a vase. -- Fill in the gaps with sweet peas or other small blooms. -- Insert a few leaves of greenery near the bottom to form a casual "rim" for the arrangement.
by Better Homes and Gardens https://www.bhg.com/decorating/home-accessories/flower-arranging/classic-flower-arrangements/
Highlights from our November 2019 meeting with Katie Ford
Our November meeting featured a fabulous program by Katie Ford, a floral designer from Lake Bluff, Illinois. Like wild flowers, Katie’s passion for floral design grew quickly and organically. What started as simple gestures of love and thanks to dear friends has blossomed into a flourishing enterprise. Katie not only sees the beauty in everything, but she also celebrates that beauty with her genuine and deliberate designs. Each of her creations is a unique mix of flora, fauna, sentiment and soul. Katie takes great care to choose particular flowers based on their symbolic meaning. Whether honoring an individual, a memory, or a special day, Katie pours her heart into everything that she creates.
As part of her program, Katie designed three stunning centerpieces which were raffled off to lucky members. Many thanks to Katie for sharing her time and talents and to hostesses Deb Walker and Tanja Felton for a delicious luncheon.
Creative Inspirations for the Holiday Season
Sarah Starrett was inspired by Katie Ford's presentation at our November Membership meeting and created this beautiful arrangement.
Linda Stolz put together this gorgeous outdoor planter with a variety of evergreens, berries, magnolia leaves and giant pine cones purchased at Rojahn’s
Our members enjoyed making these orange pomander arrangements at our 2019 Holiday Workshop
A lovely holiday arrangement from Cato Schley
E-Z, P-Z and inexpensive too! This arrangement will last several days. The lilies will open in a couple of days and stay healthy for several more days. What you need: 1 block of oasis Low bowl or dish with a lip (I use a vegetable serving dish) Peony leaves or ferns 2 bags of pittosporum 1-2 bags of spider mums (total of 5-7 flowers) 1 bag of lilies (2 stems) Soak oasis for an hour in water and place in dish. Add fern to ends of oasis for additional length. Cut remainder of the ferns in half and place along the sides of the oasis. Cut the pittosporum into clumps and place all over the oasis. Add the spider mums. Place the 2 stems of lilies in the middle of the design. Fill in any gaps with the remainder of the pittosporum.
A fun and beautiful project from Judy Moon
Supplies needed: -Styrofoam comes -Wooden skewers of multiple widths and lengths -tooth picks -hot glue gun -fruit of various sizes -nuts in shells -greens boxwood or holly
Start with the heavy and largest pieces then build up using the previous pieces as a base. Fill as you go with greens. Judy finished each row before she started the next one.
As Judy reached the top she used nuts. She secured them using the hot glue gun.
If you want to be really professional Judy would recommend building a wooden structure with dowels. Beware, they are not stable in the car. Be sure to pack in something steady before transporting!!
Fall Is In The Air Flower Show 2018
First in Blaze Orange
Second In Blaze Orange
Best Use of Color
Third Place in Blaze Orange
Third Place in Blaze Orange
First Place Walk in the Woods
Met Class Description Best
Second Place Walk in the Woods
Third Place Walk in the Woods
First Place for Green and Gold
Best In Show
Second Place for Green and Gold Most Creative
Third Place Green and Gold
Recipies for Making Edible Bird Houses
1/2 cup water 2 package Knox gelatin 3 Tbs corn syrup 3/4 cup whole wheat flower
Heat the water to almost boiling, stir in the Knox and dissolve completely. Add the corn syrup and flour and stir. This is workable for about 20 minutes. You can add peanut butter to make thicker for bigger items like nuts.
Congratulations to GTGC members, Karin Savage and Sarah Starrett, on their award winning arrangement in Museum of Wisconsin Art's Bloomin' Holidaze" event.
"The Hunter's Basket" won the People's Choice Award.