When I visit garden shows or county fairs I generally either breeze through or walk on by the flower show part. You know, the tables with vases of cut flowers, or weird looking arrangements that use sticks and leaves and kitchen gadgets that make the whole thing appear…strange. I know, I know – it’s a complicated process; running and judging a flower show takes a lot of time and effort. You can tell just by reading the info tags beside each display — there’s a million different types/classes of entries.
I took the time this year to more closely tour the winning entries of the Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms. I was amazed. I spotted at least four main categories: dresses based on Disney themes, small planted boxes meant to be viewed from above, front door decorations and arrangements by international floral artists that interpret the ‘experimental’ move genre. Here are a few of my favourites, with apologies for not noting the floral artists’ names. Lesson learned!
These are the front door decorations. Although I loved the snowshoe best, it was the Hyacinth wreath that won the day – these are living bulbs forming the wreath! I have no idea how the artisan who crafted it manages to keep the roots moist throughout the show; perhaps there’s something between the bulb and the beautiful moss diaper they’re wearing.
These dresses are made from flower petals, bark, leaves, twigs….they’re what I imagine movie stars would wear if there was a red carpet event in the middle of the enchanted forest.
I took photos of several of the ‘gardens in a box’ which, the sign said, are meant to be viewed from above, but my shadow was in all of them. Including this one!
You have to admire the imagination, creativity and tremendous skill demonstrated by all the displays. The neat thing is, if I had been at the flower show at the right time I could have seen judging and creating being demonstrated. Next year!