The New Children’s Museum Gala August 2011 Carnival do Rio

Flowerchild is thrilled to be a chosen vendor for this years New Children’s Museum gala- Carnaval do Rio! Get dazzled, feathered, and fired-up at the most amazing celebration north of the equator! For one magical night you will be transported to the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the stunning sights, sensuous sounds, and fresh flavors of Brazil. Join The New Children’s Museum for our fourth annual gala, to benefit San Diego school kids.

Ostrich feathers, feathered boas, roses, pin cushions, gloriosa lilies in a metallic bowl


Metallic Orbs

Metallic Orbs

Looking for a modern, chic design idea for centerpieces?  Check out these metallic orbs accented with simple but gorgeous flower clusters.  This contemporary display of flowers is certain to evoke a double-take. Spellbinding shapes and colors come together to create fantastical renditions of Flowerchild’s unique inspirations.  Make a big statement with minimal flowers.  You will see that they are sure to be a conversation piece.  Here I chose orange roses and pink peonies, but the flower options are endless.

Flowers Around the World

What an amazing display of Begonias.  You are looking at an obscene amount of flower blooms.  Millions of begonias blooms  are used in this complicated floral carpet design in Brussels.  This is amazing!  Why begonias?  Chosen above all for its qualities of robustness, resistance to bad weather and strong sunshine the begonia guarantees the long life and freshness of the carpet. It also provides a rich range of colors – from vivid colors to delicate pastel shades.   Craftsmen arrange the carpet by hand, directly onto the square’s cobblestones, without any soil. Grass and tree bark were also used to give color. For those of you who would like to learn more, I have provided the history of the Brussel’s  Flower Carpet and information about the process of this blooming event.


Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50’s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).
He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.
His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.
However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”.

Making a Carpet

The actual making of the Carpet is based on a plan worked out in advance, consisting of several stages.
Everything starts, often a year in advance, with projects and scale models, illustrating a commissioned theme (such as the commemoration of great events, or the arms and shield of a town, and sometimes the proposals of local horticultural associations).
Once the theme has been produced in representation and symbol, the number of flowers and color combinations calculated and the outlines finally drawn on the ground, then the work starts.The skilful, dedicated work of a hundred experienced gardeners and their enthusiasm enables them to put together this giant floral jigsaw in under four hours.

The day before, the spaces between the floral patterns will already have been filled with rolled turf. (photo prep 1) Did you know – that the flowers are packed together one by one, 300 to every square meter of the ground, (+/- 750.000 flowers!) so tightly (no soil is used at all) that they won’t be blown away by the first puff of wind, and create their own microclimate? In heat waves, the turf has to be watered to prevent it from shrinking, but if the weather is too wet, the grass can grow 4 to 5 centimeters in 3 days? The wonders of nature!

MCASD La Jolla

If you love modern art and are looking for a beautiful back drop on your wedding day or special event, this is the perfect venue for you.  I love this place! Located right along the beach in La Jolla, the ambiance is peaceful, surrounding area is paradise and the art is fascinating.  The distinctive architectural design of this venue is perfect for elegant ceremonies, receptions, seated dining and dancing.  Guests can enjoy the spectacular ocean view on the Terrace while sipping cocktails.  The galleries can also be rented as part of the event so that guests may have the opportunity to view the complete exhibition.

Visit MCASD for further information.

You will find that their staff is very knowledgeable about the space, and will give great advise on set-up and design.

Images of Flowerchild’s most recent event at the MCASD La Jolla

Art Alive 2011 April 29th-May 1

Flowerchild is absolutely thrilled and honored to be one of the designer interpreters for the Art Alive 30th Anniversary Celebration.  I have chosen a print by one of the 20th Century’s most influential and articulate artist/theorists Josef Albers.

Many of you are familiar with this unforgettable floral design inspired fundraiser that provides significant support for the permanent collection of the San Diego Museum of Art.  Those of you who are not, and have a love for flowers, it includes vibrant displays of color, texture and shape, resulting in a not-to-be-missed experience of fun, flowers and fantastic art.  I urge all to view this breathtaking spring exhibition.  I also want all the members out there to make it a priority to attend the Member Preview.  This preview is an opportunity exclusively for Museum members to view the fresh floral arrangements before Art Alive opens to the public. During this time Museum members will also be able to cast their vote for their favorite floral interpretation on display.  Keep your eye out for Flowerchild’s creation that is sure to be the talk of the event.

Below is more information about Art Alive 2011 retrieved from the SDMA website

Art Alive 2011

30th Anniversary

Opening Celebration April 28, 2011 | Exhibition April 29 – May 1, 2011

Celebrating its 30th year, Art Alive is the Museum’s preeminent fundraiser and one of the longest running and most widely attended events of its kind in the United States. The unique exhibition of floral arrangements is created by more than 100 floral designers who take inspiration from the Museum’s renowned collection. The result is an awe-inspiring experience that should not be missed!

During this special time, the Museum is transformed into a glorious spectacle of art and flowers, creating an enchanting spring exhibition punctuated by a host of special events. This year’s celebration honors the artists, designers and the many people who have participated over the past 30 years of Art Alive.  We are excited to welcome back René van Rems as this year’s Rotunda Designer.

As the Museum’s signature fundraiser and a San Diego tradition, Art Alive provides critical financial support for the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the permanent collection.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 28

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Art Alive Champagne Patrons’ Reception

7:00  – 11:00 p.m. | Art Alive Opening Celebration

Friday, April 29

8:00  – 9:00 a.m. | Members’ Preview

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Lecture/Demonstration

7:00  – 10:00 p.m. | Flowers after Hours

Saturday, April 30

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Garden of Activities

Sunday, May 1

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Open to Public

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Garden of Activities

Featured Local Photographer: Joshua Aull

Joshua Aull is a wedding photographer based out of San Diego, Ca. He truly has a gift in capturing those special moments that one will cherish forever.  You’ll love his website .

We worked together on the following wedding.

Jill Grundstrom Wedding Bali Hai September 13, 2008


Submerged orchids

Green button mums and gerbera daisies

Jill Grundstrom wedding September 13, 2008 was a colorful San Diego affair with a Hawaiian feel. The ceremony took place at the downtown marina with the reception at the Balia Hai.  Flowers were of great importance to bride.  Color was Jill first request along with tropical flowers to make her fiance’s family feel at home.  Since the guest list was large requiring many tables at the reception, we decided to design 3 different centerpieces.  As the guests mingled, they viewed what I like to call, conversational centerpieces.

All the images were provided by Joshua Aull

One of favorite photographer to work with, John Stone Studios

I had the pleasure of working with John Stone Studios last March for a beautiful destination wedding at the Westin Monarche Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California.  Since this was the first time working with John Stone Studios, I didn’t know what to expect.  However, this photographer impressed me every step of the way.  John Stone has an amazing ability in capturing an individuals personality through the camera lens.  He truly provides memories for his clients that they will cherish forever.  View his website to enjoy his portfolio,  John Stone Studios.   I have featured a couple of my favorite images below!

John Stone Studios

Lake Tahoe wedding photographer Johnstone Studios specializes in Lake Tahoe wedding photography and portrait photography throughout Northern California, Northern Nevada, wine country and worldwide. Our studio photography also specializes in Reno senior portraits and Lake Tahoe senior portraits as well as Reno Children’s photography, Reno Family portraits, Reno Newborn portraits and Reno Maternity portraits. As well as a Lake Tahoe Photography studio and Reno Photography studio, we are a small Reno graphic designer specializing in logos and marketing materials for businesses.

Destination Weddings: Westin Monarche Resort Mammoth Lakes, California.

Images provided by John Stone Studios.

White roses, white Ranunculas, white hydrangea bridal bouquet