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    Art & The Bloom New Hanover Garden Club Wilmington, NC January 11-14, 2018 Blockade Runner Beach Resort Wrightsville Beach, NC Robert B Bu… Read More
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Art & The
BLOOM
Photo Gallery
Jan. 11-14, 2018
2018 People's Choice Award – Suzanne Tarry, Apex, NC; Inspiration: Geisha, Mary E. Smith; Photography by Karen Pennington
2018 People's Choice Award – Suzanne Tarry, Apex, NC; Inspiration: Geisha, Mary E. Smith; Photography by Karen Pennington
2018 Best of Show – Polly Kopka of Hubert, NC; Gardenerettes and Rose of Sharon Garden Clubs; Inspiration: Evening In Avignon, Ann Hair; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
2018 Best of Show – Polly Kopka of Hubert, NC; Gardenerettes and Rose of Sharon Garden Clubs; Inspiration: Evening In Avignon, Ann Hair; Photography by Karen Pennington
2018 First Place – Connie Jo Goodson, Beulaville, NC; Rose of Sharon Garden Club; Inspiration: Loro Cuiffenna, Mary Austin; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
2018 Second Place – Rachael Rawls of Dudley, NC; Lady Banks Garden Club; dried Hydrangea, dried Sea Holly, dried Gomphrena, dried grasses, Pittosporum; Inspiration: Almost There, Phil Meade; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
2018 Second Place – Rachael Rawls of Dudley, NC; Lady Banks Garden Club; dried Hydrangea, dried Sea Holly, dried Gomphrena, dried grasses, Pittosporum; Inspiration: Almost There, Phil Meade; Photography by Karen Pennington
2018 Third Place – Peggy Vineyard and Helene Pasin of Wilmington, NC; Cape Fear Garden Club; Inspiration: Blue Abyss, Liz Hosier; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
2018 Third Place – Peggy Vineyard and Helene Pasin, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Garden Club; Inspiration: Blue Abyss, Liz Hosier; Photography by Samantha Black
Barbara Walters of Jacksonville, NC; Rose of Sharon Garden Club; Inspiration: Jars Pose for Photo Op in Italy, Elaine Cooper; Photography by Karen Pennington
Brittney Brown of Wilmington, NC; Verzaal's Florist and Events; Primary Floral Materials: Roses, Tulips, Lily grass; Inspiration: Threads of Life, Peggy Vineyard; Photography by Karen Pennington
Carol Waldkirch of Wilmington, NC; Cape Fear Garden Club; Primary Floral Materials: grasses, Lisianthus, Manzanita branch, mosses and millet, stock; Photography by Karen Pennington
Dot Balkcum and Shirlee Gearhart, Wrightsville Beach, NC; Harbor Island Garden Club; Primary Floral Materials: painted Aspidistra (cast iron plant), succulent (Echeveria), Hydrangea (treated with glycerin and painted); Inspiration: Hat's Off, Sarah Sheffield; Photography by Karen Pennington
Farrell Freeman, Wilmington, NC, Lou's Flower Shop; Inspiration: Woven Copper Dress, Gale Smith; Photography by Karen Pennington
Irene Shea, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Garden Club; Primary Floral Materials: Hydrangeas, Driftwood, beach moss, Baby's Breath, Maiden grass, Daisies, Blueberries; Inspiration: Untitled, Claude Howell, from the collection of Janet Warren; Photography by Karen Pennington
Jerry Rivenbark, Leland, NC, Sweet Nectar's Florist; Inspiration: Night Plume, John Wilson; Photography by Karen Pennington
Right: Barb Bittler, Wilmington, NC, New Hanover Garden Club; Tulips, carnations, juniper, bamboo. Inspiration: Singing at the Top, Sue Cunningham; Photography by Karen Pennington
Nancy Dickerson, Ocean Isle, NC, Coastal Garden Club; Primary Floral Materials: Blue Delphinium, white stock, mini-white carnations, red Hypericum; Inspiration: Unknown, James Richards, from the collection of Janet Sessoms; Photography by Karen Pennington
Ricky Kornegay, Mt. Olive, NC; Inspiration: Passing Ships; Photography by Karen Pennington
Sunshine Williams, Jacksonville, NC, Rose of Sharon Garden Club; Inspiration: Untitled, Dorothy Gillespie, from the collection of Janet Warren; Photography by Karen Pennington
Toni Radcliffe and Sharon Minor, Wilmington, NC, New Hanover Garden Club; Primary Floral Materials: Orchids, Lilies, Antherium, Hydrangea, Alstroemerias, Baby's Breath, Silver Dollar greenery; Inspiration: Myrna's Girl, Ros Hancock; Photography by Karen Pennington
Pianist Grenoldo Frazier; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Celtic Harps; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including entertainment and a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining; Photography by Samantha Black
Berry tart with granola crumble; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
Berry tart; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
Green tea yuzu citrus bars; Photography by DeRosset Gordon
Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University; supplied photo
Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, will present his new book Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner's Guide on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Art & The Bloom. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Corbie Hill of Raleigh's News & Observer interviewed Mark Weathington following the release of his new book.

Witch Hazel by Preston Montague, Botanical Illustrator, Durham, NC
Join artist, Preston Montague, for some insight into his process as a professional botanical illustrator at 2018's Art & The Bloom. Great for anyone interested in keeping field notes, sketchbooks, or considering a career in natural science illustration!

Walter Magazine interviews Preston Montague. 

2017 People's Choice Award – By Leslie Ivey, Raleigh, NC 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Leading floral designers in North Carolina will gather in Wrightsville Beach to showcase their floral creations inspired by fine art, Jan. 11-14, 2018.

The four-day Art & The Bloom exhibition and competition includes expert courses in floral design, botanical illustration and art, building terrariums, millinery fashion shows, raffles, and a presentation-book signing for Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide, by Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.

“Our first year was a huge success,” said co-chair Barb Bittler, member of the New Hanover Garden Club. “The artwork was from a collection at Cameron Art Museum. This year’s artwork will come from private collections and the Wilmington Art Association. Floral designers receive their art assignment from a blind draw weeks before the event.

“The judges this year are Frances Thrash from Virginia and Pam Braun from Tennessee. Both are nationally accredited judges and Flower Show School Instructors through the National Garden Club.

“Friday morning, judge Frances Thrash is going to create four different floral designs. Friday afternoon, judge Pam Braun will be talking about botanical arts, which is a new division in flower shows for the National Garden Club.
Best In Show Award 2017 – Brittney Wells, Verzaal's Florist, Wilmington, NC – Inspiration: The Conversation by Romare Bearden
“Preston Montague, a botanical illustrator from Durham, will present a workshop on how to make your greeting cards from what you might find in your garden. Montague is the creator of the Codex Carolinum alphabet series, using native or naturalized plants of North Carolina to encourage natural science literacy.

“Kim Fisher, a local floral designer originally from Washington, D.C., will be leading a workshop in how to create a terrarium out of succulents. Kim’s experience includes floral design for several presidents and the Catherine Zeta-Jones wedding.

“Floral design winners receive a beautiful ribbon, a cash award, and bragging rights. Last year’s best of show winner, Brittany Wells of Verzaal’s Florist in Wilmington is returning to defend her title.

“Mark Weathington from Raleigh’s Raulston Arboretum will present his new book and host a book signing on Sunday afternoon,” said Bittler.

New Hanover Garden Club,​​​​​​​ the organizer of Art & The Bloom, is federated through the National Garden Club and Garden Clubs of North Carolina. The event’s proceeds will benefit gardening projects for nonprofit organizations. All activities will be held at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.​​​​​​​
1st Place 2017 – Sharon Van Teyens, New Hanover Garden Club, Wilmington, NC – Inspiration: Untitled by David Story
2nd Place 2017 – Melanie Wyatt, Raleigh Garden Club, Accredited Judge, Raleigh, NC – Inspiration: October by Henry Pearson
3rd Place 2017 – Marge Comer, Coastal Garden Club, Ocean Isle Beach, NC – Inspiration: Ancient Ko Su Coat by Elisabeth Chant
2018 Art & The Bloom Itinerary:

Thurs. January 11
6-8 PM: Preview Party and Exhibition – Blockade Runner Beach Resort


Fri. January 12
9 AM-8 PM: Exhibition

10 AM-12 PM: Floral Design Demonstration by Frances Thrash, NGC Flower Show School Instructor and Master Judge 

1-3 PM: The New Botanical Arts … Making a Flower Show Fun for Everyone by Pam Braun, NGC Flower Show School Instructor and Master Judge 

3-4 PM: Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining 

Sat. January 13
9 AM-5 PM: Exhibition 

10 AM-12 PM: “Octopus’s Garden” Terrarium Workshop by Kim Fisher of Coastal Terra. A 2-hour instruction on making a contained succulent garden, including, plant selection, building techniques, maintenance, and display. Materials are provided. 

1-3 PM: Botanical Card Drawing by Preston Montague, artist, professional botanical illustrator, educator, and landscape designer from Durham. Instruction covers the basics of botanical illustration. Includes all supplies.

3-4 PM: Fashion Show of Hats, handmade by Jan Wutkowski of aMuse Artisanal Finery, including a two-course afternoon tea service by EAST Oceanfront Dining 

Sun. January 14
9 AM-4 PM: Exhibition 

1-3 PM: How to grow your dream garden in the South presented by Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. Mark is the author of Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  

For tickets and accommodations:

For tickets and event information:

Media archive with photos:

Contact:

Barb Bittler, Co-Chair
Art & The Bloom
910-616-0476

Jewel Weed by Preston Montague, Botanical Illustrator, Durham, NC
Special thanks to Art & The Bloom sponsors:

New Hanover Regional Medical Center
PT's
Margaret and Samuel Colman
Tinga
Lee's
Dr. Sandra Miles
Sharon Minor
Nora Beneventi
Mary Ellen Simmons
Richard and Elaine Dupre
Kenneth and Antoinette Radcliffe
Robert and Pamela Holding
Edward and Doreen Turski
Lynda Headley
Lil Mercer
Fogleman Fine Custom Homes
Jan and Jack Hooks


Robert B Butler
Communications | Public Relations

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