Flower show and designs HELP

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Help, I'm new to this and my granddaughter who is 9 wants to enter the flower and iris show at the end of the month and I don't understand what they are wanting when they list one stem or a spray with open bloom under the horticulture like for annuals. And under the rose it list the miniature, grown disbudded, does this mean a potted plant or just a stem from one? And under design the theme is Welcome to the Wild, Wild West and one of the class names is Dance Hall Dolly, design incorporating rhythm and motion, not sure what this means, I asked one of the lady's in garden club that does design and she looked at me like I was a dunce and said the flowers should show movement, and I went but their cut and in the foam stuff how can they move. Please I would appricate any help, I've never done any of this and as my husband say's this is the first girly, girl we've ever had, out of 5 girls raised on the ranch and I don't want to discourage her from doing this she is really good and enjoys it and we enjoy her designs when they come home. Sorry this is so long, but I really don't have a clue where to begin getting info to help me on this and everyone on Dave's has always came threw. Thanks Susan

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Hi Susan - welcome to this forum. It has been a little quiet here, but there are some in the forum who does have flower club or professional arranging experience. Hopefully they will be back to help you out. I am a very casual stick it in the vase type of arranger.

Good luck to you and your granddaughter.

Dianne

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Thats the kind of arranger I am when I have the time and its usually fake flowers at that. She really enjoys this so we try to help where we can. Thanks Susan

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Susan, Welcome!
It's great to hear your Granddaughter likes to make arrangements!
I don't know about the horticulture entries, but I'm guessing the miniture rose means a potted plant with all the buds removed except for one which will grow a bigger rose.
Is your Granddaughter going to enter the 'Dance Hall Dolly' theme? Has she had any ideas yet? An arrangement in a pair of dancing shoes might be fun! I'm sure she has ideas of her own.
'Rhythm and Motion' just means arranging the plant material in the foam in such a way that the natural curves show movement.
Please don't let the snooty flower ladies put you off, they should remember that all the Granddaughters are the future of these flower shows!! Hope this helps a bit, Good Luck!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Thank you I'm still a little lost but there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel,lol. Do you mean when the flowers are placed in the container to place them where there is like and 2 or wavey design to them, Like small on one side, medium then larger? We have an oval shaped glass bowl that we can do this in. And yes she is entering 8 designs, four for flowers and 4 with iris as the vocal point. For her line designs we have a holster and belt that will be put on stands that make it hang at an angle and in the holster she wants to put just a single flower or iris since this one is a line design and for the other use a toy rifle and placed at a slant and place a flower or iris in the barrel. The other is a mass design and its name is Pairie Sunset and I have a ceremic horse drinking out of a tough that she is going to place flowers in and then we have a bowl for the other design and she has two ceremic people that sit on the side of a tabel to show them as sitting in the sunset. And the the other is Circle the Wagons which is a wreath design, and we have a lot of things for that, barbarbed wire, an old wheel, etc. so that is the easy one. What do you think of her ideas for the others. Sorry this is so long but I want to be able to help her, I've looked at any designs I could find on the internet to get ideas of what they are wanting. She is in 4-H too and can use this with her gardening projects. Thanks for your help. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Susan, don't worry about your post, long or short it's nice to meet you!
Your GD has some great ideas there. Is she making any using floral foam?
Would love to see the containers she is using and any of her practice arrangements if possible LoL!
I'll see if I can find anything to show movement and post later.
Terri

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Ok is that the green stuff you wet and put in the bottem of the vase to hold the flowers? Can you tell we are rodeo and ranch people. LOL Susan

london England, United Kingdom

Yes! LoL!

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I've been looking through my pictures to find something that has movement, this little chair with tulips has the foam inside it. I used dried spirals wrapped around some tulips and the way some are popping out gives it some movement,
(without it moving) LoL!

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london England, United Kingdom

a bit more movement....

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Bear grass is good for making a nice curve.

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A line arrangement, the stems are tall at the back and cut shorter and arranged in a line infront of each other.

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Here 2 of the lines are made up with chinese lanterns skewered together.

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The back should always be neat and tidy! Here I used red lentils to cover the foam and to add texture.
Coloured pins are great to keep things in place and to add decoration.

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Terri - I knew you would be able to jump in and help Susan!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Yes this has helped a lot, after we get back on mon from the antique tractor pull I can start helping her with the designs for next weekend. Never a dull moment around here, we go from tractor pulls this weekend, to a flower show on next sat and then to a horse show on sun.

london England, United Kingdom


If there's anything else I can do, if she needs any help, I'll try my best!!!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Thank You very much. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

Your're welcome! Hope your GD will give us a sneek preview of her designs or containers!
Will GD be using flowers from your garden? Life sounds busy on the ranch.

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

I'll post picture's when she has them threw before they go to the show and at the show too with her there. She will be using a few from here but we've lived here nearly 20 years but I've just now started a yard, rising the kids was more important than flowers but I have time to devote to them now, I think. lol. And thanks again now we have a good idea of how to get this started. Susan

Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Susan - know exactly what you mean about raising kids and flowers. I did not have the time to garden the way that I wanted until 10 years ago when my youngest started junior high school. It also helped that we had a big freeze in the early 90's and killed most of the existing plants that were here when we bought the house in 1989, and I can start from scratch to grow what i wanted.

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

I had to wait till all of mine had moved from home, they would still tie their fat stock in the yard or the horse's to bath them, and with the granddaughter I've got to say no to that, so now I'm trying to learn how to get stuff to grow. I get so excited when something grows and blooms, but she likes to garden too so that makes it easyer to keep her animals off the porch and out of the yard. lol. Susan

london England, United Kingdom


I'm sure the two of you will have many happy times making the garden together!
My eldest girl (19) came to help me with some digging today, we planted caulifowers and cabbages!
Anything happening on the 'arrangement' ideas yet? LoL!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

We will put the holders and other stuff together tomorrow and use some fake flowers I have to try different things out and then she will do the designs fri. afternoon so she can take them fri late afternoon to put them up, I'll have my daughter take pictures and email them to me so I can post what she does to take. She is getting excited and some of our friends that have iris blooming have said she can come and cut all she needs for her designs, which is a big help. Thanks for all the help. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

I'm looking forward to seeing what GD makes!!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Well we are off to the flower and iris show, the granddaughter took a bunch of plants yesterday and today we take her and her sister's designs. Wish us well. I'll post picture's on mon. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

Good Luck and have fun!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Well we are back from the show and getting ready to head out today for a horse show. But Jennifer did really good she got first with all her iris stalks, first with all of her designs and won the best design ribbon and won first on all her house plants and first and runner up with a mini rose and some mondo grass so she is really happy and now she is studing to be an iris judge she went to her second seminar yesterday at the show, she is just 9. I cant wait till she gets older we are running now it may get worse. lol. I will have picture's when my daughter get time to send them to me. Thanks again for all the help. Susan

london England, United Kingdom


Oh WOW!!! That is FANTASTIC news Susan. Congrats, well done Jennifer!!!
Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Ok here is the picture's of Jennifer's and Kayla's designs, they only gave them one table for the designs and their plants so things where really bunched up. Thanks for all the help. Susan

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Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

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the last one. I will definetly be looking around on this site a lot, since they are into the designs now, I need to learn all I can. Thanks again Susan

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london England, United Kingdom


Lovely designs! Jennifer and Kayla deserved the awards. You must be a very proud Grandma!
Hang out with us anytime Susan, Thanks for sharing this event.
Terri.

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Thank You for all your help. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

You are welcome Susan, but I didn't do much, your GD's are very creative, love the boots! I have been looking for cowboy boots for a long time, not something you see much in these parts. LoL!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

Well I could send you some, they are all over here, no one at my house throws them away just into a closet, lol. I keep telling them I'm going to make planters in my yard with them and the old hats. The ones the girls used were mine that I still wear though and their grandfather and uncles told them to just put water in them and see if they would hold it, I had to dry the boots out before we used them with a vase hid in them. I was really proud of the girls they are 9 and 6 don't know where they got the flair for designing with flowers from. And your pictures help a lot with what theirs should look like. Thanks again. Susan

london England, United Kingdom

The cowboy boots would make great planters, you should do it!! The hats would make cool hanging baskets!
LoL at the uncles and Grandfather, full of ideas!!
I would love a pair of authentic American cowboy boots or a hat.!

Roswell, NM(Zone 6a)

I'll send picture's if I decide to use them, and I may use the ones they were just for meanness with pots in them of course, don't want to have to buy new ones expecially when one of the boys wears size 12. LOL Susan

london England, United Kingdom


The older the better with the boots for planters I reckon! Size 12??? Sounds like a giant. LOL! A doulbe planter for those.

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