Flowers take center stage at Farm Fair

LIHU‘E — Balance proved to be the edge for Donna Gottlieb who captured the Amateur Flower Design Contest, Friday, at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.

The fair wraps up its four-day run today with a bingo contest, hypnotist and dance performance along with all the rides, attractions, food and exhibits.

Bill Schaffer of Schaffer Designs, one of two award-winning designers from the Philadelphia Flower Show, said all contestants used the same floral supplies with identical containers.

Schaffer pointed out the dynamic character of Gottlieb’s design, the dynamics created through the use of narrow croton leaves at the base and the balance created through the use of large orange anthurium.

The strong base allowed Gottlieb to be able to have elements flow from the top. The flow was created through effective use of oncidium orchid sprays and leaves with anthurium, both orange and white, balancing the design.

With the win, Gottlieb’s name is added to the Mayor Bryan Baptiste Perpetual Trophy for Excellence in Tropical Flower Design, displayed at the Mayor’s Office.

The contest, hosted as part of the Hawai‘i Tropical Flower and Foliage Association, Kaua‘i Chapter, saw Laura Goroza and Dale Rosenfeld fill in second and third places, respectively.

The judges worked on a wedding theme inspired by flowers in Hawai‘i’s own backyards.

Johnny Gordines of the HTFFA said there are several growers who are planning to participate in the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show where the theme will be “Hawai‘i – Islands of Aloha,” March 4-12, in Philadelphia.

Neill Sams of The Orchid Alley in Kapa‘a, capturing two American Orchid Society awards in the Garden Island Orchid Show exhibit and sales area, had already seen the impact of the Philadelphia show after visiting the 2011 event where he said more than a quarter of a million people pass through the doors over the duration of the show.

In addition to the special demonstrations Friday night, Gordines said Schaffer and Kris Kratt did the displays surrounding the stage in the entertainment tent, raising the bar with two columnar designs and a strong ground design anchored through the use of discarded Dasani water bottles wrapped in ti leaves and each containing a ginger head.

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