Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kiss the Earth - Ginny Smith Writes on Gardening

Now, we like it when we make something we think is cool, we like it even more when other people like it & it's even better when those people share it with others!
Ginny is a writer & avid gardener who saw us at the Flower Show & had some really nice things to share on her blog "Kiss the Earth." after chatting it up with Bailey.

Thanks Ginny!

MODO Moderno

Michael Persico just emailed these gorgeous shots of our display - Thank You Michael!

The PHS Awards have been distributed...

...and we are honored to announce that MODA botanica's "MODO Moderno" has won "Best in Show: Display Garden - Floral" and "Best Achievement: Modern Floral Display."

I was on the way to an event set up when got text from Armas around 2PM directing me to check my email. I figured it was a client that we needed to follow up with or a proposal revision that the boys couldn't get to since they are working the show. I actually cried when I opened the email & read the details that had been hung from our display sign.
Here is what Armas emailed me:

In addition to the great volunteers who helped us implement our design this past week; we would also like to thank and acknowledge the following people/companies who have partnered with us in this venture: Bill Schaffer, AIFD; Britt Plunkett Fabrication; Anna Esther Levin Design; Michael Persico Photography; Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist; Mooi Flowers Wholesale; Dutch Flower Line NYC; Tillandsia International; Campbell Studios and Carl Hill-Popper. Thank You!

MODA botanica

This morning at 6:45 AM we turned on the lights and officially submitted "MODO Moderno" to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show for competition.

Last year MODA botanica was formally introduced to Sam Lemheney, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Flower Show Design Director. He invited us to participate and we are honored to be the only "New Comer" to showcase as a major exhibitor.

The shows overall theme is "Bella Italia" so we decided to put a 21st Century twist on a classical Italian renaissance garden. Keeping with our own personal sense of style - we incorporated some of our favorite things (in mass of course) like Vanda Orchids, green Dogwood,Tillandsia, water tubes...and of course zip ties!

We got a lot of compliments in the beginning of set up which kept us motivated, but once we set out the 2200+ water bottles on top of the light boxes we knew we were on the right track. The PHS Flower Show blog details some of what the guests are saying, we seem to be on the right track.

We had had a ton of great ideas and design details - but they would not have been realized with out the help of our friends & volunteers. We started by pulling a few late hours at MODA botanica weaving and zip tying green Dogwood branches, wrapping water tubes in textured yarns.

And then moved to the show floor the next day, where we tortured our friends even more by asking them to manipulate the Dogwood into "Cypress trees."

And weaving yarn...

...and, well, SOMEBODY had to take all those caps of the water bottles!

Thank you for all of your help and support. Check out the slide show for an overview of the set up. We have some official pictures being taken today, stay tuned. The show runs Sunday to Sunday - we hope you will come by and see us in person! As soon as we get some rest we will post some more details and ideas.