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Art Museum

Flora in Winter

March 3-6, 2022

Once again Worcester Garden Club played a big role in helping make Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum become a reality.  The museum, ablaze with color, welcomed floral designers, floral professionals, and an enthusiastic public. The pandemic still was controlling parts of the event, which cancelled the Flora Euphoria party, but in turn brought back the video to offer a virtual tour of the interpretive designs led by Kim Cutler, Sarah Ribeiro and Kathy Michie.


This familiar Flora Committee expanded this year with the addition of two long-time Flora floral interpretive designers, Julie Lapham and Sally Jablonski.  They brought some fresh ideas including a workshop, that ran four times on how to make your own Fascinator (helped by Penny Booth and Isa Bayon), along with new Drop-in demonstrations.  They included How-to-make hand-tied bouquets (a well-attended demo led by Sally Jablonski), an Ikebana demo, and a leaf manipulation demo.


Fascinator Demo

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Penny Booth, Julie Lapham, Isa Bayon


Sally Jablonski

As well the Museum’s public spaces were filled with local commercial florists’ bountiful work, many of which were inspired by the on-going show in the museum called “Love Stories.” In McDonough Court there was a display of Tea-for-Two-Tables as a nod to the show. Two of these tables were designed, planned and installed by members Tracy Dill and Marne Mailhot.


Our own Lisa Huntington filled the Lancaster Street lobby with a scene from any love story you could imagine.  People were photographing themselves in her rocking chairs surrounded by plants and fun lawn ornaments. And Sally Jablonski highlighted the Salisbury Street lobby again with her magnificent urns adorning the staircase.


Tracy Dill

Photo by Pat Glennon


Lisa Huntington


Marne Mailhot


Lisa Huntington

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Eleven WGC members worked creating the interpretive floral designs that talk to their respective artworks. Thirteen more designers came from Metro-west, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, from both GCA and NGC clubs, to fill the balance of the pedestals. 


Our own members’ creating interpretive designs are pictured below. All photos on this page by Lynne Tonna unless otherwise noted.

Barbara Athy

Kim Cutler

Susan Dewey

Mary Fletcher


Sally Jablonski

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Julie Lapham


Joan Laracy


Marne Mailhot


Kathy Michie


Sarah Ribeiro


Penny Kaczyk

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