One of the most welcome signs of spring to come to Toronto is Canada Blooms, the garden and floral show held at the Direct Energy Centre. With beautiful gardens, informative seminars, fun demonstrations and competitions, it’s a lovely way to spend a snowy day.
For Toronto florists, the Professional Florists Gallery is especially interesting. So often, florists design for private functions or industry events, but this is our chance to show off for the public.
The theme of the show is “The Magic of Spring.” What could make a magical statement in flowers? We thought a mystical tree blooming to life would be a good start. Lots of browsing and discussion led to the creation of a whimsical tree made of curly willow branches. Here it is under construction:
It had to be able to fit in the van, so Susan and Katie designed a two-piece construction.
After hours of cutting and binding, the tree was ready for display. Once we arrived at Canada Blooms, the two halves were bound together and more branches were added.
The main flower used to decorate the tree is cymbidium orchids. Each bloom was placed in its own water tube – this show is ten days long, so the flowers need to last!
We gave the orchid arrangement a slightly swirling, garland look around the trunk of the tree. Then, between the orchids, we placed solidago to enhance the yellow colour of the orchids and strengthen the look of the garland.
As the arrangement neared completion, the upper branches needed some enhancement.
About five hours on the site, and now it is complete! Here’s a photo of Susan and Katie with our whimsical, magical display.