by Connie Oswald Stofko
I’m always delighted by the creativity on display at flower shows. Yes, there are flower arrangements, but there is so much more.
Here’s a darling three-dimensional baby bed made of plant material. Wouldn’t something like this be cute for a baby shower?
I saw this at the annual flower show organized by the Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State at Plantasia in March.
Chris Wheaton made this prize-winning creation. The blanket is made of dried petals from tulips she bought– tulips weren’t blooming yet in the garden.
“They’re not pressed,” Wheaton said, explaining the puffy texture that gives the impression of a fluffy down comforter. “Some petals went one way and some went another.”
The flowers forming the posts are celosia. Spanish moss forms the pillow. The hearts are leaves from Ceropegia woodii or rosary vine.
Wheaton used Alene’s Tacky Glue to assemble the frame.
This creation probably caught my eye because my daughter, Beth Stofko Barrie, was expecting a baby. She had the baby yesterday, Aug. 11, and they’re both doing fine. Beth and her husband Mike live in Columbus, OH, so we haven’t seen little Charlotte Teresa in person yet, but from all reports and the photos we’ve seen, she is one of the most wonderful babies ever born. (Of course, I could be a little biased.)