I love seeing what our customers dream up for our Floral Fantasy contest! Getting to go through the drawings and descriptions, I can feel the passion that each an every floral designer put into their designs. Like last year, we opened up the contest to our employees as well because we have so many talented designers and we want to give them the opportunity to get involved. As always, making a decision is never easy because we had so many amazing concepts entered. But alas, we did come to a decision and below you will find out our two winners, whose designs were both inspired by the French theme of our Art in Full Bloom event. Congratulations to April Schwietz Mason and Toni Andrade! Both winners will receive a trip for 2 to Las Vegas, be provided with the materials to create their floral fantasy, and have their designs showcased at Art in Full Bloom! Below are the details for both designs:
April Schwietz Mason of Mocha Rose in Pittsburgh, PA is our customer winner! When reading through her description, all I could think is that I really want to see a floral 3-D interpretation of Monet’s Water Lilies!! Here is April’s thoughts on her Floral Fantasy:
“What many people do not know is that Monet himself had a great love of flowers, so much that he spent decades digging the gardens, creating the waterlily pond, breeding new varieties of iris and traveling to Paris to collect rare seeds. Before he created the paintings, he created the gardens themselves.
It is my floral fantasy to bring Monet’s paintings to life once again as a three dimensional flower wall. I chose this particular painting because it has a good opportunity for depth. The wall itself would be 6 foot high and 7 foot long. Then the design would extend out so that it is 2-3 feet deep. From the top, I would hang feather eucalyptus to mimic the willow trees. Then the flower wall with be filled with mixed shades of delphinium and hydrangeas to fill the pond. This will be the furthest back area in the design to create depth. At the bottom of the wall, the lily pads and flowers will be closer to the viewer in the front of the wall and I will make detailed 3 dimensional water lilies made from a composite of pink cymbidium orchid petals and the lily pads made from mini monstera leaves.
I would hope that if Monet were alive today, he would take pleasure in seeing his gardens that became treasured paintings will come alive again as a wall made out of flowers.”
Toni Andrade, an Event Specialist of our Mayesh LAX branch, is a crazy talented designer and I was so excited to see that she entered this year! Toni wants to create the cabaret dancer, Edmonde Guydens, who wore a beautiful lace costume while performing at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris (1926).
“I will recreate the lace costume with garden roses, lacey greens and novelty floral, and place it on a posed mannequin. My Floral Fantasy with be mostly flowers; however, other materials with be utilized to create texture and interest.”
We hope that if you are in the Las Vegas area on November 13th for our annual Art in Full Bloom event to benefit SafeNest (click here for more information).