Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ADAC in Bloom 2018

There is something fun that happens every July at ADAC.
If you are not familiar with the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, 
also known as ADAC, you can find out about iHERE

Flower Magazine presents ADAC In Bloom! 
I can not remember what year Flower Magazine started hosting
this event. I think around 2011 or 2012. I have only missed one 
year (I was on a Greek Isle cruise) It takes something major
to keep me from attending!  This event is open to the
public. ADAC has a number of special events that 
they host. Discover ADAC will be the next big event. 

ADAC in Bloom is a day of fun, food, programs and flowers! 
I have a group of friends that have gone with me every year. 
We usually don't make it for the 9:30 program, because the
early traffic heading into Atlanta is horrendous, even with
a Peach Pass! 
We did arrive in time to have a cup of tea or coffee. 
They served them in your choice of one of these beautiful cups! 

Our first program was the lovely Rebecca Vizard 
held in the Make Goods  showroom. 
Rebecca was working as an interior designer in New York in 1994, 
she was looking for an antique textile pillow that was tailored 
and not over done. After spending more time looking for the perfect pillow 
than any other element of the project, she decided to make her own. 
"At that time it was impossible to find an antique textile pillow 
without gobs of passementerie. I felt like the actual hand made textile 
should be revered and not over shadowed by trim." 

With that first pillow her present business creating clean-lined 
antique textile pillows was launched and by 1996 Neiman Marcus 
had placed an order for 22 of their best stores. You can find out 
more about Rebecca, see her pillows and order pillows or
her new book "Once Upon A Pillow" HERE

The next program was held in the Up Country showroom.

They served us lunch which was yummy! This program was 
a panel. Featuring, interior designer - Jessica Bradley, landscape designer -
William McDonald and Abbey Glass - Fashion Designer.  
These three are consider "Designers to Watch."

Our first afternoon program was the nationally know 
interior designer, Amanda Nisbet, (on the right.) 
She is being introduced by Margo Shaw, 
the editor of Flowers magazine. 

 There was plenty of laughter while Amanda shared the history of her 
design career. She is a very laid back and relaxed speaker. 
She has a variety in her design style and you can 
tell she loves what she does.
You can find out more about Amanda and how to get her book,
"Dazzling Design" on her website HERE

I could have set and listen to our next speaker for hours.
James F. Carter is an Alabama native. His architectural style is 
classic Southern design. 
This lovely home was part of the slide presentation he shared with us. 
I could sit on that porch for hours! 
This Birmingham home was another home we got to visually tour. 
But this is a photo from his personal home. 
You can find out more about James and see his other architectural 
achievements at his website HERE
 ADAC being a good hostess was concerned that we were
getting fatigued by now. Every year they have the most amazing 
cookies and of course the drink of Georgia, Coca Cola! 
Famed NYC floral designer, Lewis Miller`concluded with one of 
my favorite programs at ADAC in Bloom. He talked about
his career history while he put together an effortless

Lewis MIller and his work friends participate in something they call 

Flower Flash. They gather their extra flowers and go out on the streets of New York and create beauty. Seeing people’s reactions to the Flower Flashes emphasizes the basic goodness in all people. You can see more of the 

Flower Flashes on Lewis's website HERE
On the back row are some arrangements that he had 
already put together. They had a drawing at the 
end of the program. We turned over our chairs....
and my friend Susie won the grand prize. The magnificent floral
arrangement that Lewis had put together during his talk. 
Flower Magazine will be bringing "ADAC in Bloom" back to Atlanta
in July 2019. So stay tune for the date and make your reservations
early, because this event fills up fast. I hope to see you 
there next year! 

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Source: Flower Magazine (Facebook and Website) ADAC Website

Friday, May 18, 2018

Going on a Garden Walk

Back in 2006, the Cassina Garden Club of Saint Simons Island started
hosting a tour of usually 7 private gardens in St. Simons and some years, 
Sea Island, for the public viewing. This event has evolved into 
a much loved annual event for visitors and residents alike.  
I have been wanting to go on this tour for several years, but this
is the first year everything fell into place. 
Myself and several other floral enthusiast packed up the car 
and headed South to Saint Simons Island. 

Our first tour stop on the Garden Walk took us to the part of the island
known as East Beach. This is where a 1950's bungalow, that was
original at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, was moved.

The front of the bungalow and garden pathways were created
using pebbles. 

One thing I noticed at almost all of the 
gardens was the use of free standing pots. 

Fences create wonderful backdrops. In this garden one was covered in 
Confederate jasmine and had a border of purple agapanthus and fern.

At each home, there were local artist working on paintings that would 
be for sale later at the Marketplace. 

We really enjoyed this home. The owner had a beautiful
deck area for outdoor entertaining. 

The deck also included a place to enjoy the sun or the shade. 

I loved the creative privacy treatment on the doors leading 
from the deck into the house. This was the only home that
we got to actually go into the house. But interior pictures
were not permitted. Oh how I wish I could have used 
my phone camera to capture all the great details inside! 

Tour Stop 2 was a gardeners delight. This is the home
of a Master Gardener and the garden was started two years ago. 

The front yard has raised beds for herbs, vegetables and
citrus. All of these need plenty of sun! 

As we started around the side of the house we saw
the beautiful hanging baskets that were on the porch. 
What a great place to relax and the ceiling is painted a 
beautiful blue. This comes from and old southern tradition.
 There are many stories and legends, such as keeping bugs at bay. 
But in the Deep South, a darker blue sometimes called “haint blue,” 
is believed by some to keep away evil spirits.

Also in their side yard was this interesting piece of 
"yard art." I wish someone could have told us the 
interpretation of this unique piece. 

We walked through this arbor, with the bright blue
gates, into their back yard.  

Again in this yard, they had a combination of planted 
landscape and pots. 

Would this not be a great place to relax and read
in their arbor swing. The bright blue sculpture is a fountain.
Such tranquility! 

This home also had an outdoor dining area

and as we walked around the other side of the house, we found a 
comfortable sitting area that offered a wonderful place 
to enjoy visiting with friends and neighbors. 

We strolled across the street  to see Tour Stop 3.

This home had a large wrap around porch and the 
ceiling was painted with an ivy trellis. 

Here you can see one of my friends talking with the 
artist about her painting and also a chandelier that 
they had hung over their table area.

The gardeners at this home liked to grow plants
that don't normally thrive in the coastal Georgia 
climate, outdoor philodendron and numerous 
rare perennials. 

Their prize plant (in the back top corner) is a blue grey 
century cactus, or American Agave. It started at12 inches
and has now grown to 8 feet tall! The pictures don't 
begin to show how big it is!

Our next stop took us to a beautiful marsh side 
home with numerous heat loving plants and azaleas. 

This home not only had the beautiful mash view, but 
a lovely pool area with tropical potted plants. 

This lovely white column home, from the front, offers 
a Southern plantation feel.

The side of this home had  a partial sun and shade 
area that was perfect for a large grouping of 
different types of hydrangeas. 

The back of the house offered you a beautiful view 
across the marsh!

Another partial sun and shade area had a grouping 
of ferns. I think, but am not sure, these are 
bird nest ferns. 

This is a sour orange tree. It is said the 16th century 
Spaniards settlers made sour orange pies.

We got a sample of these sour orange dainties. 
They were sour, but good! 

There were two more stops. One that did not allow any pictures made 
of their yard. The other had so many people roaming around in 
their garden area, I was not able to get a good picture. 

Our fun wasn't over yet. We went back to Gascoigne Bluff 
to visit the Marketplace. 

They had unusual yard art for sale.

They also had gifts, plants and the artist paintings you could purchase.

The late Audrey Hepburn said

To Plant a Garden is to believe in tomorrow!