Midway in my ramble around the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s L’Orangerie Flower Show I noticed one of the judges wrote “Showstopper” on Wylene Commander’s unearthly Spathodea campanulata. By then I had already seen various designs, displays, arrangements, and cuttings worthy of being classed “Showstoppers,” which might be the prevailing standard for the Palm Beach group’s landmark event that attracts entries from a wide-range of GCA clubs. This year the three-day convergence was highlighted by the presence of Jeff Leatham, fleuriste artiste extraordinaire, whose Saturday lecture-demonstration filled the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium.
Regarded as the Dr. Oz of the floral design arts, Los Angeles-based Leatham has served as the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. The George V is home to the L’Orangerie restaurant overlooking the hotel’s marble courtyard. In a parallel universe, Palm Beach’s Orange Garden at the Everglades Club was first part of the club’s Marble Patio before it was moved to the lakeside. When Addison Mizner redesigned the Marble Patio, he placed an orange tree in the middle of the fountain.
7 April 2017
GCPB Preview Party
Garden Club of America Flower Show
The Society of the Four Arts – Palm Beach
The Garden Cub of Palm Beach welcomed guests to Friday night’s preview party for L’ Orangerie, the group’s 2017 Garden Club of America Flower Show. Patrons shed garden gloves, sun shades, tweezers, and trowels, donning their resort wear for the festive biennial gathering. GCPB president Sue Strickland and incoming president Sugar Thebaut were assisted by: Nancy Murray and Carrie Murray, event co-chairs; Mary Pressly, show design and gallery display along with Mary Webster, show design and graphic design; and Lisa Cregan and Leigh Failing, preview party co-chairs.
Club members participating in various capacities were Marilyn Beuttenmuller, Susan Collins, Paula Cook, Terrie Davis, Vickie Denton, Mary Doffermyre, Beth Dowdle, Annette Dowell, Melinda Hassan, Heather Henry, Cindy Hoyt, Vicky Hunt, Ellen Kaufmann, Christina Kramer, Cat Miller, Betsy Matthews, Elizabeth Matthews, Jean Matthews, Peggy Moore, Kit Pannill, Ginny Parker, Katie Pressly, and Alex Woodfield.
The coveted Best in Show awards were conferred on Kathy Powell (Floral Design), Kit Pannill (Horticulture), Colesie Sterling (Photography), and Mary Pressly (Botanical Arts). Among the standouts in Floral Design: Kathy Powell (The Dorothy Vietor Munger Award), Mary Pressly (The Harriett DeWaele Puckett Creativity Award), and Allison Sieving (The Sandra Baylor Novice Floral Design Award). Recognized in the Horticulture division: Jean Matthews (The Catherine Beattie Medal and The Rosie Jones Horticulture Award), Lisa Bertles (Clarissa Willemsen Horticulture Propagation Award). Colesie Sterling merited the Photography Creativity Award. Twig Murray earned the Botanical Arts Creativity Award). GCA Novice awards recognized Lisa Bertles for Horticulture and Christina Kramer for Botanical Arts. The Garden Club of Palm Beach received the Marion Thompson Fuller Brown Conservation Award.
The Garden Club of Palm Beach gave citations for Floral Design and Horticulture. Among the recognized: Mary Webster and Mary Pressly (Bunny Nelson Memorial Trophy), Tina Hagler Boswell (Traditional Arrangement), Christine Aylward (Best Novice in Orchids), Pam Williams (Best Novice in Par Class Award), Marilyn Beuttenmuller (JoJo Walton Memorial Trophy) and Jo Anne Rosen (William G. Pannill Photography Trophy). Kit Pannill secured the club’s Sweepstakes Award, Silver Cup, Best Orchid, and the Frances Archbold Trophy.