Valley Forge Flowers
Creating a hanging garden[rev_slider alias="85-volunteers-2"] More than just a hanging garden, this was a color-changing work of floral art “featuring undulating lines spanning both vertical and horizontal areas of the entrance garden,” says Renee. Valley Forge Flowers also decorated the entrance bridge and windmills with fresh flowers, but the amazing floating field of flowers was the main attraction. The metal grid foundation of the garden arrived seven weeks before the show for volunteers to begin preparing the project for a March 3rd installation. “It took nearly five weeks to cut the 16 miles of the colorful cord into varying lengths and attach them in just the right places on the forty10-foot by 4-foot grids,” Renee explains. “The Excel spreadsheet that helped us keep it all straight was a mind-boggling list of numbers.” Each attached cord was rolled up and placed into a grocery bag tied off with a chenille stem to prevent tangling during transportation.
Decorating 4,000 flower spheres“Smithers-Oasis donated the Netted Spheres and OASIS™ Bullion Wire needed for the project. We wrapped the spheres in coordinating colors of reindeer moss, fern-pinned the moss in place, overwrapped it with bullion to create a tailored look and then added flowers to finish it off,” continues Renee. The team soon realized they would be unable to water or replace blooms in the 4,000 spheres hanging from the ceiling during the ten days of the exhibition. The decision was made to use 15,000 preserved flowers that looked fresh from a distance. It took three to four minutes to create each decorated sphere. That didn’t seem like a lot of time until they multiplied by 4,000 spheres! They needed additional help.
Calling for more volunteers“A month to go we realized we were never going to finish on time, so we put out the mayday to PHS and local garden clubs for help. We soon had a small army of volunteers helping us,” says Renee. “After Valentine’s Day, the majority of our staff was also available. It’s safe to say that over 85 people worked to get the spheres created and installed.” When the Valley Forge Flowers team arrived at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the grids and strings were already hanging from the ceiling. As hoped, the cords did not tangle when unfurled from their bags. The team trimmed each one to the proper length and began attaching a sphere to each cord working from the shortest to the longest strings.
Hooking spheres to cords[rev_slider alias="85-volunteers-3"] “We originally planned to zip-tie each sphere to its cord. One of our staff members came up with the idea of using a crochet hook to make a slip-knot attachment. It worked like a charm,” says Renee. “The grids were raised a few feet at a time so designers could work comfortably beneath the design.” The Valley Forge Flowers team’s spirits soared with the flowers when the grids were lifted and the impressive hanging garden hung from the ceiling rigging. It worked!
Designing the canal bridge flowers[rev_slider alias="85-volunteers-4"] Before tackling the hanging garden project, decorating the canal bridge with its abundance of window boxes, hanging baskets and garden pots of flowers, may have seemed like a big task. After accomplishing the airborne project, this down-to-earth job felt simple. It took the staff only three days to complete the Dutch garden designs. Smithers-Oasis offered ‘how-to’ instructions for volunteers to follow when creating designs using OASIS® Grande Brick and OASIS® Designer Block products. CLICK HERE for link to the howtohangingbasket.pdf Thousands of flower enthusiasts are inspired each year by the floral artistry showcased by the Philadelphia Flower Show. Valley Forge Flowers helped deliver the 'flowers in the air' excitement of this year's event. How can you use these basic techniques to create floral show-stoppers for your customers?
Bob Dole released from a medical facility
miami (msnbc) Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is finally back on the mend after three stays in various hospitals after suffering from an infection that led to a fever.
Want my friends to know I left Walter Reed Army medical, Dole said in a prepared slavic women dating history on Thursday. Appreciate the great care I received from the outstanding folks at Walter Reed. I feel a whole lot better after being managed for a minor infection. Was admitted to Walter Reed for an elevated temperature early last week He was then was launched later in the week, Only to head back to George Washington University hospital for a check out Friday, proper was admitted to Walter Reed later that night.
The 87 year old Dole is vowing to get right back to work at Alston Bird, An Atlanta based law firm that has a large lobbying office in houston.
Excited to make contact with work tomorrow and to be joining my new colleague at Alston Bird, Earl Pomeroy, he said. Going to be a different Congress and various players on each side of the aisle.