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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Philadelphia Flower Show 2010 - Miniatures
There were two kinds of miniature displays, in addition to things like miniature gardens or terrariums which had only plants. The kind like the one above were open to view from all sides. I don't know quite what all the rules were, and why these were different.
But these were displayed with the terrariums and succulents. This one took second place, but Maggie and I liked it best. We liked the use of color.
This one took first place in this group. We could understand why. It had more variety of plant material, more total plant material, and made good use of three-dimensional space. But we still liked the colors in the other one!
The next group were all from the miniature room settings, and were displayed behind glass (plexiglas?), so there are lots of reflections. I didn't get a chance to see any of these last year, so I wanted to be sure to get to that section this year. I had a hard time choosing only a few to show you. I let variety rule, but I'm including the one that took 1st place, the one above, even though I couldn't prevent a lot of glare. It was a Spanish hacienda decorated for a wedding. There were rooms or balconies behind all the front spaces, with plants tucked everywhere, but the lighting was too soft to get a good pic.
This was very realistic- a two level sewing room, with miniature quilts, bolts of fabric, etc. I liked this one a lot.
But then, I liked this one a lot too! The plants in the lawn were actually almost all tiny succulents, but covered with "snow" they looked very much like evergreens.
Finally, just for the variety, here is this model of the greenery taking over a garage. It didn't win anything, and I know why, but I loved it anyway. It was made by a real modeler. The garage was fantastic... filled with tools and all kinds of garage junk. But for balance in the design at a flower show, they should have included about 1/3 of a garage and had the rest be the overgrown yard.
This was probably too many pictures, but I left some out, I really did!