GREENVILLE – The Darke County Garden Club Association presented highlights from the garden at the 163rd Great Darke County Fair on Sunday. It featured four guest speakers to help those who might be interested in attending the flower show in the future. The presentations included instructions for use on designs, exhibition advice and edible animal displays.
Ladybug Garden Club Vice President Irma Heiser, a member for around 20 years, started the climax with a hands-on presentation on artistic and traditional designs.
A traditional design typically includes a vase with an opening at the top, with the flowers placed in the vase with an oasis, Heiser explained. An Oasis is a foam that can be cut to size and soaked in water before placing it in a vase. It not only provides support for the flower arrangement, but extends the life of the flowers.
Heiser showed how the Oasis sits above the rim of the vase. At least an inch and a half to almost two inches. The Oasis is hidden by greenery through a process called “greening”. This process obscures the Oasis from view with greenery available in a wide assortment of locations, from grocery stores to craft stores.
The overall arrangement, Heiser said, is one and a half to two times the height of the vase.
Regarding the flowers for the presentation, Heiser chose a blue delphinium to match the color of his vase. She explained that at least one flower must match the container, whether solid or multi-colored, followed by a complementary color. In this case, she chose an orange lily.
All flowers placed in a traditionally designed arrangement are odd in number, and when it comes to traditional designs, Heiser recommends removing the stamens.
“Because they are messy and look bad on the petals,” Heiser explained, however, at a horticultural show, the stamens are not removed, only in artistic designs.
When it comes to creative designs, Heiser explained how containers typically have more than one opening. She had a unique combination of two ceramic vases designed by a couple from Yellow Springs. The double vase had multiple openings and was specially made for artistic design. She briefly showcased a metal vase that came with a magnetized accessory to provide additional openings and design options.
“When you create a creative design, you usually have one type of line material, one type of flower, and one type of foliage,” Heiser continued.
The material of the line creates a focal point with minimalist flowers and foliage. Heiser pointed out the different types of line materials a designer can choose from, including bamboo and driftwood. She used ferns and black calla lilies in her artistic design with copper tubing as the line material.
Heiser recommends a design with depth and states that odd numbers do not apply to artistic design.
Be sure to see the various displays and floral designs in the Colosseum’s basement.
See the next edition of Daily lawyer for more coverage of the Garden Highlights presentation by the Darke County Association of Garden Clubs.
Bethany J. Royer-DeLong | Darke County Media Ladybug Garden Club Vice President Irma Heiser gave a hands-on presentation on artistic and traditional designs for Garden Highlights held at the Colosseum during the 163rd Darke County Fair on Sunday.
Bethany J. Royer-DeLong | Darke County Media The Darke County Garden Club Association presented highlights from the garden at the 163rd Darke County Fair on Sunday. Be sure to see the various displays and floral designs in the Colosseum’s basement. See the next edition of Daily lawyer for more coverage of the Garden Highlights presentation by the Darke County Association of Garden Clubs.