Monday, January 17, 2011

Fantasy Floral Parasols

The world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show, held yearly in England, is a spectacular sight to behold. But beyond the flower exhibits themselves, many competitions are held, showcasing the design talents of different groups.

One fun exhibit in the 2010 show was the Fantasy Floral Parasol Competition, where exhibitors were challenged to construct an "umbrella" of floral components and other materials. Exhibitors were not allowed to use any part of an actual umbrella, however. So the construction of this piece itself would be a challenge, along with adding the floral elements to accentuate and tell a story.
Not only must the parasol be beautiful, but it must also function properly, being well balanced, and not too heavy-not an easy challenge when dealing with so many different components!
The parasol above highlights calla lilies and orchids.

Though the exhibitors were given their instructions months ahead of time, the actual construction could not be done until showtime...due to the fragility of the floral materials. Some parasols took over 60 hours to construct!

One of my very favorites is this beauty, constructed mainly of Lambs Ear, accented with only a few beautiful blooms and beads. It won the Young Chelsea Florist of the Year award. This exhibition is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society, a group very instrumental in promoting interest in the art of floristry among a younger generation.

At Bloomers, we LOVE creating novel designs, just for you!

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