The day before the Floral Exhibition is judged the horticulture specimens and floral designs are brought in for placement. Our horticulture teams helps with plant id and with the correct paperwork required for submission. The designers bring in and place their work and some decide to complete their installation in situ. Hospitality gathers and prices all the homemade goodies for sale while creating the platters for light refreshments offered to our visitors. Our talented artists and artisans deliver their work for display and sale. This is a 12 hour day for many of our members.
The set up for our Floral Exhibition at the Harborfields Library in Greenlawn begins 3 days before the opening of the show. The tables are installed, the tablecloths are ironed and pinned so no one trips on the draping. Then the sections and signage are put into place awaiting the delivery of the horticulture and designs. The Art room is installed with display easels and tables. Ways and Means shares the room to display gardening and design items as well as garden inspired decor items for sale. Hospitality is set up to provide light refreshments and homemade bake sale goodies.
In September of 2016 members of the Centerport Garden club Horticulture Study Group visited The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park in New York. It is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has, not only Art ,but also has replicas of medieval herbal gardens. With the guiding of an excellent docent the members learned a great deal about the history of medicinal plants which are still in gardens today.
On Feb. 2 we had a practice and discussion of what a line/mass design is. Marjorie Losen spoke on various ways of producing a recognizable line with flowers that might not seem to make a good line. Once again it was amazing to see how many variations on a theme people could produce with a finite number of flowers. Thanks so much to Marj for her time and expertise.