The theme for the 2017 edition of FleurAmour Passion for Flowers flower design event was ‘CULTURE’; where participating florists created floral expressions through the worldview and way of life of a people, and also through other values, customs and traditions of certain cultures. The event is traditionally held at the Commandery of Alden Biesen and features an impressive display of amazing and inspiring floral decorations. This is the 22nd edition of FleurAmour Passion for Flowers which saw many renowned florist drawn from various countries participating.
Tasked with decorating the Lower Bottom of the Castle was floral designer Angelica Lacarbonara. Angelica’s idea and project was called The Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi and she decided to use Porta Nova Red Naomi in creating her arrangements. She also created a gorgeous bouquet of Porta Nova roses.
This is what she said when asked why she chose Porta Nova red naomi roses; “In projects where I use roses, I choose one which brings out the needed authentic character of a red flower. “A first woman, a flower that leaves room for dripping and has a shape that is well defined with such beauty.”
In making the arrangements, Angelica was assisted by six florists from different regions of Italy who had attended her school. This was an opportunity for her students to enjoy some hands-on work experience. These Italian florists were Michela Torti, Daniela Marchetti, Roberta Travaglia, Beatrice Virgili, Cristina Cosso and Laura Morelli.
Making of THE FOUR SEASONS OF ANTONIO VIVALDI with Porta nova rose
The Summer Structure
The summer structure was designed in a large three-dimensional basket. Angelica and her team made the basket with a number of aluminum rims covered with natural rays.
Each circle was attached to each other to create the base. They used OASIS® Floral Foam and test tubes to hold the flowers in place. In addition to the Porta Nova roses they used oncidium stems, glorious, setaria and rose berries to truly represent summer colors. The initial structure was 4 semicircles made out of iron.
The Autumn Structure
The Autumn Structure made with mulberry branches has been tied to the base using string. Angelica and her team achieved an illusion of depth by adding the Porta Nova roses. Through the blend of colors, it helped bring out a nice autumn feeling. They used Sanguisorba stems, Porta Nova roses, setaria and cambria.
The bouquet was made with Porta Nova Red Naomi rose petals to create a bigger flower. The petals were attached together and placed on spiral silver wire to create the bigger flower and the cascade. Angelica used thin flexible wire to enable the cascading bouquet maintain its ‘flowing’ shape. Angelica then added some crystals for elaborate decoration.