Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bruce’

Macy’s Flower Show Features Some of Our Favorite Designers

March 27, 2012

We’ve barely caught our collective breath after a trip to Hawaii during this year’s Flower Show, and now Macy’s invites us to another exotic locale during their show, “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise,” March 25 through April 7 during store hours at the City Center location.

Celebrated at Macy’s in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, the show features a variety of activities for the entire family, including organ concerts; floral, tabletop, and cooking demonstrations; guided tours; and more. Also featured is the “Bouquet of the Day,” where local designers create floral masterpieces within the store.

You’ll recognize these participating artists from the Philadelphia Flower Show: Jamie Rothstein, Jamie Rothstein Distinctive Floral Designs (March 25-26); Michael Bruce, Michael Bruce Florist (March 27-28); Donna O’Brien, Beautiful Blooms (March 29-31); Barb King, Valley Forge Flowers (April 1-2); Eric Schellack, Robertson’s Flowers (April 3-4); and Bill Schaffer, Schaffer Designs (April 5-7).

Remember, no passport is required to experience the lush, vibrant South American plants and flowers as interpreted by some of Philadelphia’s most-recognized floral designers. Enjoy!

A Tale of Two Michaels: The Landscaper and the Florist

March 9, 2012

The list of exhibitors at the Flower Show reads like a “Who’s Who” of the horticulture industry, and includes some of the area’s finest landscape architects and installers, as well as respected floral designers. Every visitor has a favorite, and here are two that exemplify the differences.

The exhibit created by award-winning Michael Bruce Florist is a whimsical compilation of three sand-filled islands, connected by pass-through arches of gently manipulated bamboo. Individual cut blooms have been draped like jeweled necklaces from carefully woven and suspended mats, interspersed with sparkling capiz shell medallions. Brightly colored orchids are the stars of this show, placed in tear drop-shaped vials that hang at eye level. Truly a display that’s not to be missed.

In the Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens display, gravity-defying stacks of lava rock punctuate this fantasy landscape inspired by the wind-carved stone formations and lunar-like landscape of the Garden of the Gods (Keahiakawelo). Legend has it that ancient Hawaiian gods created the high-desert area on the island of Lanai by dropping boulders from the sky. Winner of the “Showcase Garden Award,” the “”Mayor’s Trophy,” and “Best Achievement Blending Horticulture, Landscape, and Artistic Elements,” this display continues to wow visitors with its size, scale, and story.

Whether you want to appreciate a single, cut blossom or be enlightened by landscape possibilities, the Flower Show has inspirational moments for everyone!

Michael Bruce’s Recycled Shadows

March 11, 2011

If you have a shadow of a doubt about this year’s Flower Show, head over to Michael Bruce’s Urban Graffiti Shadow Art exhibit (823 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108) and you will be pleasantly surprised. Let your eyes play tricks on you as you take in four different structures made from recycled products and trash. What at first looks discombobulated turns into something fabulous and oh-so-French when the shadows take shape.

Four French images are projected onto the screen, including a can-can dancer made with tin cans and a paper-made French woman walking her plastic bag French poodle. With items made from actual trash spilling out onto the floor,  this exhibit is  anything but safe. “We are not perfect,” Michael Bruce says, “It’s just not what I pride myself on because I know it is something I will never be. What I can do is inspire and provoke.”

Watch Michael of Michael Bruce Florist (823 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108) in a video here!

Read about Michael Bruce’s dislike of lawns

August 10, 2009

A recent feature in the Courier Post shared Flower Show exhibitor Michael Bruce’s take on the alternative to lawn care.

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