Flower Show 2022
After a long, unanticipated hiatus, the Garden Club of Montclair staged a Design Specialty Flower Show, Arts & Flowers, at the beautiful Van Vleck House & Gardens September 16-18, 2022. The show adhered to all the specifications of the National Garden Club and was judged by a team of Accredited Flower Show judges and professional photographers. Awards were given.
Arts & Flowers included Flower Designs, Botanical Arts, Photography, and Educational Exhibits. As the title suggests, the focus was on the visual and performing arts. Exhibitors were challenged to create floral designs inspired by the music of Broadway, the movements of a symphony, the blues of Jazz, or the popping of Hip-Hop. There were interpretations of Monet, Matisse, and Warhol in petite flower designs and collages. A highlight was the Alvin Ailey Challenge Design where six exhibitors given the same components created their own unique design interpretations.
The Photography Division classes, staged in the Education Center of the Van Vleck, featured both color and black and white images that illustrated patterns or reflections in nature, as well as an “Avis Campbell Jubilee” class with photo exhibits of the club’s beloved gardens in celebration of its 70th anniversary. Three classes of photographs were judged.
The two Education exhibits highlighted the importance of native trees and showcased the dedicated efforts of the Avis Campbell gardening team.
Arts & Flowers was free and took place at Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair NJ.