We are fortunate to have a National Accredited Flower Show Judge and Master Judge to conduct free floral design workshops. Evelyn Warrington inspires, entertains and educates participants with a great variety of floral designs. These workshops are held just prior to our regular meetings for interested club members. |
Her September workshop demonstrated how to use an artisic piece of wood in a line design. She used dried seed pods from an iris which had silver tones to pick up the silver tones in the container for the vertical line to pull the eye from the container up through the iris stalk. She used a small mass of red roses for color and said this was a tall mass vertical design.
Our 2014 May lesson was to create a design using bird house. This student's design used the bright colors of bougainvillea blossoms to carry the eye upward. She filled in the background with fern leaves to enclose the rustic birdhouse in plant material. The design sits on a slab of wood to further enhance the rustic look and gives a starting point for the eye to travel through the design.|
Evelyn's comment was to snip off a tuft of the fern on the left side and also trim back slightly on the right side to give the design a more vertical appearance. Overall, the use of colors and materials made a nice design.
This student's design also used a rustic bird house with a tiny red bird perched at the entrance. A piece of wood was used to give the design some height. Three tall branches of a sage were used for the line design and small red sage flowers and a red geranium bud repeated the color of the bird. Variegated artemesia and Diamond Frost euphorbia were used as filler.|
Evelyn suggested that the three long branches be straight rather than curved over the bird house to give the design a stronger vertical line. The use of a bamboo mat was good for unifying the design.
This student's design used a lovely white Victorian bird house. The white roses repeat the color of the bird house and an ivy vine wanders behind the birdhouse. The water container for the plant material is wrapped with a large green leaf.|
Evelyn commented on the good use of plant materials to showcase the birdhouse and the overall design was very good.
This was the first design by a new student. She did not have a bird house so created a bird's nest in the end of a log. Two black and yellow birds are perched above the nest on the end of the log and red flowers and greenery give a nice crescent shape to the design. |
Evelyn suggested that using yellow flowers to repeat the colors of the birds in the design would help tie the elements together. It was a good first attempt at floral design
|This design was from an earlier lesson on using a Madonna figurine in a design. Here an angel figure stands on a wooden base with her back to a cluster of roses. The white roses brighten the area above her head and the graceful swoop of pink and red roses add weight to the design. Touches of green rosemary are visible in the back of the design.|
This delicate minature design uses pastel green chrysanthemums, sage blossoms and pink rosebud for the little figurine to view. |
This white ceramic container has the Madonna figurine attached and looks quite lovely with the ring of minature pink roses at the figure's feet.