Michler's News: Flowers, Gardens & Design
Staff member Ed Garvin shares his thoughts on his recent trip to the Perennial Plant Association National Symposium.
Two of our team members recently attended the Perennial Plant Association National Symposium. Here's what one of them has to say about the experience.
You wouldn't think spending a week in a small workroom tucked down into a basement would be an ideal Parisian experience, but this particular basement housed the wonderful Catherine Muller's Flower School. Each morning I would be greeted with a cup of coffee and buckets of the best flowers available in Paris, waiting for Catherine's next lesson. The lesson always began with a demonstration. I was captivated with Catherine's process which looked like a sort of ballet. Her gestures would imitate the placement to her flowers. Read More
We started our construction of the arrangement on the wall by using large tropical Monstera leaves and other foliage to cover much of the wire. Then came armfuls of beautiful tropical flowers. We had large cascades of Phalaenopsis orchids, clusters of long stem Cymbidium orchids, Anthuriums, Sexy Pink heliconias, and Imperial protea
Smelling of paint thinner and Swisher Sweets, Mike Meyer’s studio was covered from ceiling to floor with hand painted signs that he had made and collected. As the week went on, the collection was increasingly inspirational as we learned to paint in block and casual scripts and practiced the finer points of beveling and shadowing.