If you have never seen the tropical rainforest gardens of Kauai and Hawaii, here is a walk through the gardens of Honua Lani. Each picture is coupled with one showing the magic our floral artists created with similar tropical flowers, foliage and images.
A decorative palm growing in my garden and the similar seed pods in a tropical arrangement at the flower show.
In my garden we use structural bamboo to make fences, we also split it to use as decorative wall covering for green houses and other buildings. At the flower show this same bamboo was used to build a beautiful floral sculpture.
A Torch ginger stand of flowers in my garden and similar flowers pinned to a wall at the flower show mimic tropical flowers growing in the rainforest.
The natural waterfall at Honua Lani Gardens and the floral creation at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Art mimic’s nature! The show for us flower growers is a platform in which we see the beauty we co-create presented to the world. I would like to thank Laura Blanchard for permitting me to use her terrific photos, some she was nice enough to take of our Kauai flowers just for this article. I would also like to thank Linda Sherman and Ray Gordon of The Courage Group. It is with their guidance and patience that my ideas come to fruition.
The Hawaii – Islands of Aloha Philadelphia Flower Show continues through March 11. More posts here about the show.
I would love to hear your thoughts about comparing art and nature as well as the opportunities and inspiration that Kauai provides for creating beautiful artwork.