Tropical Nouveau- What is this Exciting New Trend?


Hello my name is Valerie and I am an infoaholic. If I could make a living at being a perpetual student, I think I would try, so when learning opportunities are presented to me you bet I'm on it like white on rice. 

Recently Heather De Kok, a local Edmonton florist hosted a free design showcase demonstrating a new flower trend - Tropical Nouveau. A design trend using beautiful tropical flowers which are strong and bold in colour and form with everyday temperate flowers like roses, carnations, snapdragons and just about everything you see at your local florist shop. These temperate flowers soften the design both visually with softer colours and textures and they add a familiar element to the unfamiliar. The result is stunning arrangements that push the envelope of design in form, structure and beauty. 

Although the Neotropica Hawaii showcase was at Heather De Kok's floral studio, the showcase was hosted by Hitomi Gilliam  AIFD Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association. Hitomi is one of the great Canadian Floral Artists from BC and her designs are so structurally beautiful, I was excited to see what she was going to do with all of the gorgeous flowers. I had attended one of Hitomi's workshops a few years ago in Santa Barbara so I knew those that had never seen her design in person were going to be blown away, not just by what she would create through her design principals but also by her ease in teaching what she knows and why. 

BUT........if that was not enough, we also had the privilege of having Mr. Neville MacKay from My Mother's Bloomers in Halifax join us for the day. Both Neville and Hitomi were here for the Maple Leaf Cup earlier in the week, so we were doubly blessed to have them both along with Heather present their designs and share their passion using some of Hawaii's most beautiful blooms.

When you attend one of Neville's presentations you won't soon forget it. His wisdom is as vast as his wit. His LOVE for flowers is as pure as his love for life and sharing of his passion. He'll have you in stitches throughout his presentation and by golly you'll learn something too. 

It felt truly blessed to spend the day  amongst such amazing talent and oh don't forget the amazing flowers. 

The following are just some of the pictures I took of the flowers from Green Point Nurseries that were on display for the Saturday meet and greet. I hope you enjoy them and are as excited about this new trend as I am.

 Just look at those gorgeous red Anthuriums - so stunning.

 Bright bold Oncidium Orchids, Bromeliads and Bee Hive Ginger.

 Speckled Mokara Orchid - how sweet she is. 

Chocolate coloured Anthuriums ......... hello , how delicious!

With those flowers and via the hands and brilliant minds of our presenters we were treated to some amazing designs. I wish I could have taken better pictures of all the works of art, but here are a few of them.

 Wouldn't this look amazing at the front desk of an office?

 Exploding starbursts of happiness mixed with roses and carnations. 

 Hitomi and Neville working together on a design.  A perfect statement piece at a wedding. 

When Hitomi turned this around after she was done working on it the whole room gasped. Hitomi is legendary for her unique and practical mechanics that both add beauty and functionally to her designs. 

 So simple yet so beautiful. 

Oh Neville, if your cheeks aren't sore after spending a day with him, there is something wrong with you. 

 Grand but not grotesque like some larger designs can be. 

 A broken Heliconia  leads to an opportunity to design differently with it. There are no mistakes only opportunities to embellish. 

A huge THANK YOU to Heather De Kok for opening up her studio for this event, and pushing the trends to the forefront in the floral industry. I look forward to opportunities to explore this new trend and practice the art of Tropical Nouveau.

Heather De Kok 

Hitomi Gilliam

My Mother's Bloomers (Neville MacKay) 

Green Point Nurseries

#tropicalnouveau, #flowertrends, #tropicalflowers, #floraldesign, #continuingeducation,

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