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Preview: Ringling in Bloom

Thirty-three flower arrangers will participate in Ringling in Bloom 2014, representing nine garden clubs gerbera_daisyon the Gulfcoast. Although they bring with them a multitude of experience and skills, the "flower artists" all have one characteristic in common – creativity.

Like artists who use different media to express themselves, these floral designers choose plant material for what it can contribute to their designs.  Is it the color of a gerbera daisy, the texture of Queen Anne’s Lace, or the bold form of a calla lily? 

In selecting foliage, do they need the distinct line of a sansevieria, the pattern of a palm frond, or the spaces of a monstera?  

Just as in fine arts, floral design can be abundant and traditional like a Rubens painting, bold and abstract like a work of Miro, or anything in between.

When arrangers enter a flower show, their work is inspired by the title of a class in the schedule.  However, here at Ringling in Bloom, a work of art is their inspiration.Calla_lily

A curly croton leaf might represent a ruffle on a lady’s dress.  Or a palm spathe could be the sail of a clipper ship.  The possibilities are endless.  It’s all about imagination.

These floral designers are invited to participate as an acknowledgement of their artistic skills.  They consider it a true honor to be able to demonstrate their creativity within the galleries of The Ringling, a world renown museum.

(Pictured an orange gerbera daisy and a calla lily)

About the Presenter

Sara Bagley, Chair of Ringling in Bloom for the past four events, has been a resident of Sarasota for 27 years.  She is past president of Founders Garden Club, the same garden club to which Mable Ringling belonged. She is a Floral Design Judge for the Garden Club of America, has participated in the national Flower Show and Judging committees of the GCA, and been Chairman and Director for Zone VII (FL, GA, SC, AL) of the GCA.  As a former member of The Ringling’s board of trustees, Sara was instrumental in the development and implementation of building and landscape enhancement projects.

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