Another huge part of the Philadelphia Flower Show is a Standard Flower Show. This means entries by private citizens (or sometimes groups... but not commercial entities) in various proscribed spaces. Entries might be a certain kind of plant in a certain size pot, or something as fanciful as... hats. Made of plant material.
In keeping with the theme of Celebrate the Movies, these had to be Hollywood Hats. The space provided was one quadrant of a circular space with a white mannequin head. Here are the four entries. For this event, I'll tell you all the plant materials and the judges comments to give you the idea of how these work. That would take way too much effort for all the categories, and I don't have pictures of EVERY display at the show. After all, the Convention Center has 33 acres of floor space. If you are like me, you won't always agree with the judges choices. However, in this particular category, I think they got it, right on the money.
This one is "Maria Montez," and it took Honorable Mention. Plant materials are: Aspidistra, Ginko, Ginko leaves, Rose, Rose stems, Seleriana- live, and Gardenia. Judges comments: "Swirling design depicts Maria's wrapped turban. Choice and condition of plant material detracts."
Here is the Third Place finisher: Greta Garbo. Plant materials are: Bear Grass- fresh, Moss- dried, Rose- dried. Judges comments: "Combination of colors makes a big impact. Fresh plant material lost in the moss."
Second place went to Ester Williams. Plant materials are: Bear Grass, Rice Flower, Rose. Judges comments: "Impactful colors create a big splash [pun intended?]. Exquisite design is small for space."
And the blue ribbon was taken by Audrey Hepburn. Plant materials are: Calla lily, Calla leaf, Dendrobium orchid, Pineapple, Rose. Judges comments: "Made in the Shade!"
I don't understand the judging criteria perfectly, but I know it's somewhat subjective. That said, all of the aspects of "art" enter into it... use of the space, colors, form, etc, AND the plant material has to look good, be used in creative ways, etc. Also, we don't see the complete specifications. Since one entry only used three kinds of plants perhaps that was the minimum. Maybe there was no minimum. Did each entry have to include some dried and some fresh plants? I just don't know.
Tomorrow... Walk of Fame: Leading Men.
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