Tuesday, January 31, 2012

An Affair to Remember

February 24-26, 2012 marks the 21st annual "New York in Bloom" at the New York State Museum in Albany. Over 100 floral designers exhibit each year and I was asked to do the signature piece for the upcoming event in 2012. The call came last June and the poster photography actually occurred on July 21, 2011. I can remember the day vividly as the thermometer read 101 degrees. Not so easy on Delphiniums!  Through painstaking preparation and plenty of ice, I managed to cut the flowers and get them to Albany in fine fettle. The "masterpiece" towers over 4 feet and the giant fish bowl has 3 dozen pieces of fruit. It is a thrill to see the almost life size poster hanging in the museum.  I hope you can get to the show to see how well I can replicate it, this time dealing with temperatures some 80 degrees cooler than last.




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hanging Up The New Calendar

Happy New Year to all Mohonk gardening friends! I know you've all got your calendars out so let's firm up some dates, shall we.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 2:00 p.m.    
Woody plant guru and author of the "bible of trees and shrubs,"  Michael Dirr will speak for the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Checkout  http://www.timberpress.com/author/39 for his bio or http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/ to get the skinny on his talk.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 
The 2012 edition of New York in Bloom at the State Museum in Albany. Yours truly is featured as the headline floral designer.  Here is the poster child for this event:

2012 New York in Bloom posterchild by yours truly
...and here is the web page http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/nybloom/.  Please join us, it's a great cause.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 - SUNDAY, MARCH 11
Philadelphia Flower Show presents its 2012 theme Hawaii, Islands of Aloha....  need a sneak peek http://www.theflowershow.com/home/index.html should do the trick. Once again I get to judge on Tuesday. Wish me luck.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 - SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Longwood Gardens International Orchid Show, need I say more? Okay, I will...
http://www.longwoodgardens.org/InternationalOrchidShowandSale.html  
A must see!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 
77 years of Garden Holiday at Mohonk Mountain House features our "Out of Africa" themed show garden. Did I hear a roar?   

........thought I'd give you these entries. 

Happy Trails,
Gartenmeister
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