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Florescence Returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 28-29


Division I: Floral Design, Clas: 7: Runway Gems, David Peck—Arrangement by Kitty Wo. From Florescence 2013.

Division I: Floral Design, Clas: 7: Runway Gems, David Peck—Arrangement by Kitty Wo. From Florescence 2013.

One Of The Nation’s Largest Flower Shows Sanctioned
By The Garden Club Of America

One of the nation’s largest competitive flower shows, Florescence, returns to Houston on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29. Presented by River Oaks Garden Club, The Garden Club of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the eleventh biennial Florescence event will showcase floral and horticultural arrangements by garden club experts, renowned floral and garden designers, and other noted personalities. Many of the featured arrangements will be inspired by works of art hanging in the Museum galleries, and will reflect the theme of this year’s event: Illusions.

Florescence: Illusions features six competitive categories: Floral Design, Horti­culture, Horticultural Design, Photography, Botanical Arts, and Needle Arts. Members of Texas State Floral Association, Asia Society Texas Center, and Ikebana International, Houston Chapter are invited to display their own floral designs in a non-judged, “Art by Invitation” category. Also on display will be a special exhibition dedicated to conservation, titled In Praise of Pollinators: Unlocking the Magic and the Mystery. Organized by River Oaks Garden Club and The Garden Club of Houston alongside community partner Urban Harvest, the exhibition is intended to raise awareness and appreciation of the importance of pollinators to plants and to the web of life.

Each Florescence category includes a range of innovative and creative classes for participants to enter, such as the Lamar High School Challenge open to LHS horticulture students in the Horticulture category; the Botanical Couture class featuring miniature fairy couture in the Botanical Arts category; the Mystic West class inspired by the Museum’s collection of Frederic Remington paintings in the Floral Design category; and many more.

In addition to placing first, second, or third, winners may be eligible for additional Garden Club of America Major Flower Show Awards, including distinctions and medals of honor specific to each category. These distinctions are open to GCA members, and will be presented if merited.

Florescence: Illusions is chaired by Kelty Crain of River Oaks Garden Club and Debbie Robinson of The Garden Club of Houston. The principal underwriter for the event is Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler.

Floral Fête – Tuesday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. , Caroline Wiess Law Building. The event kicks off with a lecture and floral demonstration in the Museum’s Brown Auditorium Theater, given by Emily Thompson of Emily Thompson Flowers, based in Manhattan. Reception to follow. Tickets to this fundraising event are $75.

Enchanted Evening Cocktail Reception – Tuesday, April 28, 7 to 9 p.m. , Audrey Jones Beck Building. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a cocktail reception and walk through the 2015 Florescence show. Tickets to this fundraising event are $150.

Illusions Luncheon and Lecture – Wednesday, April 29, at 11 a.m., Caroline Wiess Law Building. A presentation by London-based garden designer Luciano Giubbilei in Brown Auditorium Theater is followed by a seated luncheon in Upper Brown Pavilion. Tickets to this fundraising event are $150.

Emily Thompson has been referred to as “THE florist” of New York City by Vogue magazine. She creates custom designs using the freshest seasonal flowers, fruit, and foliage, as well as unconventional and wild materials. Thompson is widely recognized for her ability to transform a room, and her many accomplishments include decorating the White House for Christmas in 2011.

Since relocating to London from the Tuscan countryside and opening his own practice in 1997, renowned garden designer Luciano Giubbilei has made a name for himself designing minimalist gardens with clean lines. Influenced by interior design and architecture, his gardens have been described as “interiors for the outside,” incorporating square lawns, clipped trees, structured hedges, and strategic lighting.

The Florescence general exhibition will be open to the public on April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Audrey Jones Beck Building. Access is included with general Museum admission: $15 for adults, $10 for senior adults, $7.50 for students, and free for children 12 and under. Admission is free for MFAH members.

All special events are ticketed, with availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit flohouston.org, e-mail florescence@mfah.org, or call the Museum’s Development Special Events office at 713-639-7523 for more information.

Florescence is the 11th biennial floral show presented by River Oaks Garden Club, The Garden Club of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with proceeds benefiting all three organizations. The principal underwriter for Florescence is Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler.

An arrangement from Florescence 2013.

An arrangement from Florescence 2013.

Kelty-Crain;-Debbie-Robinson;-Florescence-2015

The 2015 Chairmen, Kelty Crain of the River Oaks Garden Club and Debbie Robinson of The Garden Club of Houston.

Florence Returns to the Museum of Fine Arts


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