Held at the Wedgewood Country Club

April 1, 2014

The designs by our talented Acton Garden Club members!

Laura Lindop

Art: 'Garrowby Hill' by David Hockney
It's a bucolic English landscape painted in a modernistic style depicting a lilac road winding up through the fields of "Garrowby Hill.
Inspiration: My inspiration was the rhythm implied by the purple road meandering through the English countryside.

Plant Material: Alliums, Lleucadendron, Roses, Dianthus, Red twig dogwood, Solidago, Deflex fern,
Gena Manalan

Art: 'The Cellist' by Alexander Kleven

Inspiration: I chose this piece because the artist perfectly captures how art can deliver you to another place. The music she creates from her cello, enwraps her and removes her from her being and from us. Her 'wings" let me know that the music has taken her to another space.

Plant Material: Agapanthus, Ruscus, Alsotromeria, Scabiosa, Dahlia, Statice, Jute, Veronica, Pachysandra, Rice flower,
Maureen Christmas

Art: A sculpture of a ballerina made of Spanish porcelain

Inspiration: I liked the graceful pose and thought I could interpret it through the line of my design. I used small flowers to capture the delicate nature of the subject.

Plant Material: Mini carnations, Spray roses, Pittosporum, Delphinium, Fasciated pussy willow

Karin Victor

Art: Sunset in Scottsdale Arizona, photograph by Karin Victor

Inspiration: : I was inspired by the electrifying colors of the waterfall as it reflects the sunset. I took this picture on the spur of the moment as the sunset was truly beautiful that evening.

Plant Material: Posey Callas, Thistle, Yarrow, Kanagroo Paw, Trachelium

Susanne Fuller

Art: A Drunkard's Path Quilt created by Susanne Fuller

Inspiration: The inspiration for my floral design is a quilt I made a few years ago. I saw the pattern in a magazine and was strongly drawn to it immediately. I persuaded my small quilt group to make this quilt, one for each of us, as a group project. We all contributed our Asian fabrics and made two sizes of circles within squares. Then we sliced each one into quarters to make Drunkard's Path blocks. When we had enough of both sizes, we took turns selecting the blocks that we would use to make our own quilts. Each of us chose a different 'background' fabric, which gave each quilt a unique look despite using the same pattern and having many Drunkard's Path blocks in common.

Plant Material: Chrysanthemum, Hyacinth, Statice, Gerber daisy, Azalea, Japanese Boxwood, Arborvitae, Pussy willow, Daffodil, Chamaecyparis, Tulip, Alstroemeria, Spirea, Flexi Grass
Joan Gardner

Art: 'White Tulip' painting by Bill Sawyer

Inspiration: Sign of Spring

Plant Material: Tulips
Thelma Shonemon

Art: 'A Blanket of White' an original oil by Eldon

Inspiration: The inspiration for my arrangement is an original oil by Eldon entitled, A Blanket of White. The painting hangs in my living room because I love winter scenes. I like the textures, the colors, and the rustic subject under a blanket of white! I also feel there is the promise of spring under that blanket. For the holidays I made an Ikebana arrangement using an algae covered branch, Chamaecyparis, and a white lily which I just happened to place near this painting and realized that for me they were both "telling the same story". For the promise of spring, I added the daffodil buds which I hope are hiding under the snow.

Plant Material: Daffodil, Narcissus cv., False Cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa 'tetragona', Lily, Lillium cv., Branch
Sue Whitcomb

Art: A Sue Whitcomb painting

Inspiration: My painting was inspired by a calendar of Scottish castles given to me by Laura Lindop and in memory of my Scottish grandmother Maude McKinnon. I particularly liked it because it was on an island.

Plant Material: Salix matsudana 'Scarlet Curls', Erica carnea 'KingGeorge' spring heath, Curly Hankow willow, Irisxhollandica 'Dutch Iris', . Yucca filimentosa 'Adam's Needle, ivy Hedera helix 'Ivy'
Janet Richards

Art: A black, lidded 11" container with an open gold design

Inspiration: I bought it in Maine and I loved it the second I saw it except for an ugly 4" monkey on the top of the lid. I said to a friend that I'd buy it in a minute if it weren't for the monkey. The owner immediately said that if I came back in a week the monkey would be gone (and it was). I've had it for years and it is still one of my favorite items.

Plant Material: Fritillaria, Stellata pods/ scabiosa, Tulips, Peruvian variegated leaves, Curly lau'ae fern
Joan Yatteau

Art: 'Another Woman's Garden' by Lindsay Easter Mixed media - Pastels and cut-paper

Inspiration: The colors of spring bring new hope for another gardening year.
I met Lindsay at a neighborhood playground in Belmont. Our sons (and Lindsay and I) have been friends since before they were in nursery school. For several years, Lindsay and I shared a vegetable garden in my backyard and a community plot in Belmont. Last year, Lindsay's son was Best Man for my son in Rob and Erin's wedding.

Plant Material: Alstromeria, Peruvian lily, Chrysanthemum, Mum, Dianthus, Carnation, Eucalyptus, Gum, Limonium, Sea lavender, Salix caprea, Pussy willow

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