Spring is finally here! Major League Baseball began spring training. March Madness is over. The International Flower Show is a sure sign that Spring is here! This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Movies” and it has a definite Disney feel to it hoping to attract a more youthful audience. Seeing the beautiful plants and landscape exhibits are truly a breath of fresh air as we emerge from the doldrums of winter. However, the artistic interpretation of the show’s theme by the floral designers is what I find truly inspirational.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show. Today the show, (produced by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society) fills the Pennsylvania Convention Center with landscape and floral design displays that encompass 33 indoor acres. The flower show draws nearly a quarter million enthusiastic attendees annually.
This year there were in fact more children attending in hopes of seeing how their favorite Disney movies were interpreted. They were not disappointed.
The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), won the prestigious “Best in Show” award for their floral design interpretation of all 11 Disney princesses. Below is one of my favorite designs form the show. It is a floral design interpretation of Pocahontas by floral designer Nancy Kitchen.
Nancy did a masterful job capturing the essence of Pocahontas. The vegetative design style and main focus on the use of white and green capture the Indian Princess’s physical and emotional connection to mother earth. It’s the non-literal interpretation through artistic design that is especially inspiring to me.
Another favorite is the interpretation of Jasmine in Aladdin’s flying carpet. I love how the carpet appears to just lifting off on its flight.
Hopefully you were able to make the short drive and take in “Celebrate the Movies” at the Philadelphia Flower Show. If, however for some reason you weren’t able to make it don’t worry, soon you’ll be able to make your own “show pieces” right here at the Kristina Valdmaa Design showroom.