WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Leading floral designers in North Carolina will gather in January in Wrightsville Beach to showcase their floral creations inspired by fine art.
The four-day Art and The Bloom exhibition and competition, which will be Jan. 11-14, includes courses in floral design, botanical illustration and art, building terrariums, millinery fashion shows, raffles, and a presentation and book signing for “Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide” by Mark Weathington, director of Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.
“Our first year was a huge success,” said Barb Bittler, co-chairperson and 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, Thrash will create four different floral designs. Friday afternoon, Braun will speak about botanical arts, which is a new division in flower shows for the National Garden Club.
Preston Montague, a botanical illustrator from Durham, will present a workshop on how to make greeting cards using items found in a 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 lead a workshop on how to create a terrarium out of succulents. Fisher’s experience includes floral design for several presidents and the Catherine Zeta-Jones wedding.
Floral design winners receive a ribbon and a cash award. Last year’s best-of-show winner, Brittany Wells of Verzaal’s Florist in Wilmington, is returning to defend her title.
For ticket and schedule information go to the website www.eventbrite.com/e/art-the-bloom-tickets-36802041898.