The Newport Flower Show
June 22-24 at Rosecliff, Newport, RI

The 2012 theme:
SALSA! A Celebration of Latin Cultures


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Maureen Christmas' design placed first in the "Mercado!" class as well as The Preservation Society of Newport County Design Award (displaying the most creative use of the majority of challenge components.)

Maureen had to use fruits and/or vegetables, flowers and 3 of 5 components they gave us ahead of time. The components were a burgundy wire wisk (seen lower left as a 'protea', yellow sponge (cut into circles and strung on midollino sticks, straws (painted to look like stems of heliconia), orange wired wool and a slip proof mat (not pictured but inside 'protea'). Salal leaves were folded, stacked, stapled and inserted into oasis using toothpicks with hypericum berries at one end. Two containers were stacked to give the open market feel.

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Thelma Shoneman's design placed first in the "Picasso!" class.

This class called for a creative expressive design interpreting a Picasso painting. Thelma's painting was "The Lesson". In her interpretation she selected plant material to emulate the bold geometric forms in the color palette that Picasso used. Allium, Anthurium, Heliconia and curled black Ti leaves are featured. Styrofoam shapes covered with Dusty miller, Lambs' Ear and Galax suggest the books in the painting.

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