Dahlias were the inspiration for designs at Inspiration in Bloom

Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016

More than 75 dahlias were used in our club’s entry in the Fall edition of Inspiration in Bloom at Stan Hywet Hall on October 6-9 during Ohio Mart. Three flower arrangements graced the dining rooms tables, and another large design in a silver champagne bucket was placed on the buffet.

Designers Fern MacMillan, Jane Harrison, and Barb Earnhardt vied with local area florists for the People’s Choice award. Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services/Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, said thousands of visitors to the Manor House placed ballots, and although HGC’s designs did not win the top spot, we did place within the top three.

In addition to the luminous dahlias from friends Mark and Brenda Depew (hosts of our Garden Gathering a few years ago) and Paul and Mary Ellen Ryerson, we gathered other plant material from our gardens. The other designers at Inspiration in Bloom order their material from wholesalers. We use as much of our own gathered material as possible, just as we do for our Home & Garden Tour. This time we gathered purple Beautyberry branches, sword ferns, castor beans flowers, zinnias, pachysandra, clematis paniculata tendrils, crabapple branches and bittersweet. We did use a few apples and pears and one annual called Alternanthera ‘Brazilian Red Hots’ because of its purple stems and leaves

Thanks to member Judy Maupin for sharing a 3” castor bean sprout which grew into a 7 foot tall tropical wonder and produced the most interesting and bright flower heads! We used these in the sideboard design.