Antique Flower Vase Display – Flowers as Art

Posted on February 2, 2012



The Antique Flower Vase Display will be situated on the stage of the Dunolly Town Hall, off to a brave start, and will probably grow as time drifts along.  The floral heritage in Victoria is long and sturdy, and magazines like “Your Garden” set the trends for many years, well before the pre-decimal sixties of some of these cover images, continuing to do so today, alongside the more contemporary television shows and related publications and books concerning gardens.  The development of the floral display in creating art with flowers was steered by the capable and stylish Constance Spry from the 1930’s onward, influenced by English charm and elegance.  To delve back into antique and collectible flower design books is to step into another world, to find grace and elegance of which can be brought back into the contemporary home.  The designs of Constance Spry appear fresh and directional, even now.   Vintage editions of garden magazines like the ones shown in the images hold a wealth of knowledge about flowers, and are well worth collecting.  The Antique Flower Vase Display will be judged by Maryborough Garden Club judges, and first, second and third prizes have been kindly donated by sponsor Bent Stems Floral Boutique in High Street, Maryborough, Victoria.   Sonia Wright has also sponsored the Fair Programme printing, and both of these gestures are very gratefully received.   It is wonderful to have flowers and design as part of the Art of Elegance Fair, and the Victorian heritage bounty. 

bent stems
floral boutique
Sonia Wright – 120 High Street Maryborough, Victoria, 3465
ph: 03 5460 5568 fax: 03 5460 5538

words: copyright M. Roleff, 2012

images: copyright M. Roleff, 2012

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