Floral Sculptures

Floral Sculptures

Going by the name, Floral Sculptures are large scale structures depicting objects or things made out of purely flowers. These are designed to depict a certain figure and then filled in with flowers of different colors, textures and sizes. These are massive and sometimes of a scale of 100:1 for certain things. Animals, Birds, and certain day to day objects are formed into sculptures by artists who work their way intricately with flowers.

The base of the sculpture begins with a wrought iron formation making up the ‘chassis’ or exo skeleton of the sculpture that can support and hold the weight of the flowers. Once the formation is made then it is upto the skill and creativity of the artists to create their sculpture. These are most popular in Netherlands in which many parades are witnessed and driven thru the city via trucks to be displayed to the open public. It happens once a year and is a feast for the eyes!

Flowers such as Dahlia’s, Chysanthemum, Gerbera, Roses etc are used along with select foliage to give the color difference and make the texture of the object stand out. Certain abstract florals require extreme patience and can take upto 50 – 70 people working on one sculpture in parts and then finally assembling them together. Flower quantity can range from 10,000nos for a small one to over 500,000 for really large scale ones.

These happen mostly in Netherland and would be a sight to see if you are there during this parade!

Some pictures below to show what floral sculptures are all about and to order flowers online visit Mayflower.in.

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Belgium Flower Carpet

Belgium Flower Carpet

Every two years since the 1970s, gardeners and volunteers in Belgium have merged the decorative arts and grand, historic architecture by squishing together hundreds of thousands of begonia flowers to make a “live” rug in the middle of Brussels’ Grand-Place, the city’s central plaza.

Officially, the first Floral Carpet as its present-day form was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, but, in fact, it was the culmination of a whole series created in various towns in Flanders.
E. Stautemans, who was born in Zottegem, and graduated from the Ghent Horticultural College, had been experimenting since the early 50′s making simple small carpets, more like rugs, mainly consisting of begonias (in Knokke, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas, Lille…).

He very quickly realised that floral carpets would be an excellent vehicle for the promotion of his beloved begonias which he had always worked with, both technically, economically and aesthetically.

After years of attempts and calculations, this architect, who was inventive and imaginative, and knew how to make the most of the numerous resources of begonias, became an expert in the creation of superb floral carpets with sophisticated colors and complicated designs.

His fame spread and he was asked to make carpets not only in Belgium (Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, Courtrai, Hasselt, Tongres, Mons, Durbuy, …) but worldwide (Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Breda, Amsterdam, The Hague, Vienna, Valencia, and as far afield as Buenos Aires and Colombus, Ohio).
Some of these carpets were bigger than the ones created in Brussels (77 x 24 m), like the 1973 masterpiece at Sint-Pietersplein, Ghent that reached a gigantic 164 x 42 m.

However, as E. Stautemas himself says, “Nowhere is the carpet more beautiful and distinguished than in the unique, ancient surroundings of the Grand-Place in Brussels”

Planning for the Flower Carpet Festival begins a year out, but thanks to hundreds of volunteers, the actual laying down of the carpet—with each flower placed by hand—takes only about four hours. So how many begonias are there? Well, to keep the carpet from scattering away with the wind, each bloom is packed in snugly, with about 300 begonias per square meter—so that’s about 750,000 flowers for the whole rug. It all started with a landscape architect (and veritable begonia devout) in 1971, and ultimately grew into a traveling exhibition; flower carpets have been rolled out in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. Above: 2010’s carpet, meant to honor the appointment of a Belgian, Herman Van Rompuy, as president of the European Union’s European Council. The EU logo is visible in the middle, and in the carpet’s corners are images of Saint Michael striking down a dragon, apparently a symbol of Belgian strength and protection.

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Images of Belgium Flower Carpet

Ganesh Chaturthi Flowers

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.

It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival, also known as Ganeshutsav (“festival of Ganesha”) is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana.

Traditional stories tell that Lord Ganesha was created by goddess Parvathi, consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him to stand guard at her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned and, as Ganesha didn’t know him, he didn’t allow him to enter. Lord Shiva became enraged and asked his follower ghosts to teach the child some manners. Ganesha was very powerful, being born of Parvati, the embodiment of shakti (or power). He defeated the ghost-followers (called “Ghana”s) and declared nobody was allowed to enter while his mother was bathing. The sage of heavens, Narada, along with the Saptarshi (the seven wise rishis) sensed a growing turmoil and went to appease the boy with no results. Angered, the king of Gods, Indra attacked the boy with his entire heavenly army but even they didn’t stand a chance. By then, this issue had become a matter of pride for Parvathi and Shiva.

After the devas were defeated, the trinity, the controller, preserver and destroyer of the universe launched an attack against Ganesha. Amidst the fighting, Shiva severed the head of the child. And brought on Parvathi’s rage. Seeing her son dead, Parvathi revealed her true self, as the Adi-shakti, the prime energy that fuels the universe and sustains matter. Taking on a terrible form, she vowed to destroy the universe where her son was killed and re-create a better one. The Gods prostrated before her and Shiva promised that her son will live again. The trinity hunted the world for a head and came across a mother elephant crying for her dead baby. They consoled the mother and fixed the head of the baby elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. Lord Shiva also declared that from this day, the boy would be called as “Ganesha” (Gana-Isha : lord of the Ganas). In this way, Lord Ganesha came to be depicted as the elephant-headed God.

According to the Linga Purana, Ganesha was created by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at the request of the Devas for being a Vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of Rakshasas, and a Vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas achieve fruits of their hard work.

Across India scores of pandals are decorated for Ganpati festival. Flowers being the main product of the decoation. Roses, Gerberas, Orchids are the most common used flowers for this decoration. Flower decoration for these 10 days go into lakhs of rupees at certain locations where the Idols are over 20 – 30 ft tall.

Ganesh Chaturthi Flower Arrangements

We at May Flower do a lot of decoration for Ganpati Festival. Beside online flower delivery service to our customer, we also do some pandals at no charge as a way of an offering to the God. Decorations include trucks, cars, raths that carry Ganpati for Visarjan. Some of our decoration pictures can be found at the bottom of this article.

Ganpati Festival Floral Decorations

Lalbagh Flower Show 2013 Bangalore

Lalbagh Flower Show 2013, Bangalore

Every year on Independence Day and Republic day, flower shows are organized at the Lal Bagh Botanical Garden. The event is jointly organised by Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society., this flower show has been one of the most awaited events in the Garden City. Exhibition spreads across the garden. Main attractions are placed inside the Glass House. A vertical, 17-feet-high garden with more than 5,000 plants is one of the highlights.

A vertical garden bedecked with more than 5,000 plants will be on display at the lawn area of Lalbagh. The other major attractions include a 13-foot floral boat, floral pots, demonstration of roof garden concept and Bonsai plants. The vertical garden will measure 40 feet in length and 17 feet in height.

Flowers are the most important part of puja/worship depicts the traditional “Kalasha” and an Ugra Narasimha Statue. Our horticulturists from the Lalbagh HOPCOMS have made a Rainbow using the vibrant colours. Hundreds of orchids, zinnia, nastardium, chrysantamums, daisies, marigold, cacti, fuchsia, jasmine, geranium single roses, dahlias, etc species of flowers are to be viewed.

A 13-feet-long floral boat full of roses is yet another attraction. For all the nine days, this will use up 2 lakh roses. 780 participantsparticipated in Bonsai, Ikebana, Indian floral art and vegetable carving competitions. Vegetable exhibition had been set up by Horticulture Department of HAL and BBMP.

A walk down the road behind Glass House, you will find stalls for wooden toys, jute bags, flower and vegetable seeds, tool kits for gardening etc.

There were stalls from which you can purchase seeds of fruits and flowers. There were not many fruits to display this year. A floral carpet was the baseline for this show which showed different kinds, varieties, groups and textures of flowers(No you cant walk on this)

There were nurseries outside Lalbagh, which sell flower plants, pots, manure, mud etc. A good time to visit was in the morning so that you can actually observe flowers. If you choose to go in the evenings, there was a lot of rush, and you will end up counting heads instead of watching flowers!

All in all a super success. Looking forward to what 2014 has to offer!

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Images of Lalbagh Flower Show 2013, Bangalore




Floral Demonstration IMC Mumbai

Floral Demonstration at IMC Mumbai by Nalini Kapadia, Founder May Flower

A floral demonstration was held at Indian Merchant Chambers Ladies Wing on 12th August 2013 held by Mrs. Vimla Patil and guest speaker was our founder Mrs. Nalini Kapadia. The main topic of discussion was how May Flower came into existence and the evolution from a hobby into a profession spread over a period of 33 years to which May Flower today stands. A demonstration of making simple basic arrangements with flowers and accessories for Indian festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, New Year etc.

In admist of the festive season, flower arrangements play an important role in commemorating life’s most significant moments and in making homes and workplaces more pleasant.

Mrs. Nalini Kapadia, owner of May Flower, business that specializes in floral arrangements and decorations told her life story – including the difficulties a woman can come across whilst building a business to this height. She explained how to know your talent and use it for making yourself financially self-reliant.

Mrs. Kapadia, after 30 years in the flower buiness, has combined her love for flowers and her buisness acument to achieve enviable success. Starting as a student of Ikebana, she graduated slowly to being one of the top experts in floral decorations and arrangements in Mumbai within a few years of starting her business on a small scale. Her talk included a live demonstration of floral arrangements to go with the festive season which will start from August onward alongwith two ready-made arrangements to the audience.

We at May Flower would like to thank the Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Ms. Madhavi Vora (Chairperson), Ms. Vimla Patil, Ms. Mailti Jain(Co-Chairpersons) and Members of IMC Ladies wing for allowing us to demonstrate and discuss the story of May Flower.

Images of some festive creations in Floral Demonstration at IMC Mumbai



Ruchika Fest 2013

Ruchika Fest 2013

The Ruchika Club is a prestigious organization comprising of women of multiple facets. With 500 members, the Club is like an extended family, spanning three generations, who come together under the same banner. Ruchika is a platform for social interaction, as well as grooming its members to emerge from their cocoons into confident women.

Ruchika 2013 was held at World Trade Center in the posh area of Cuffe Parade in Mumbai. It spread on 2 days i.e. July 2nd and 3rd 2013. Ruchika Fest is very popular amongst the Marwari community especially women which comprise of two or three generations entrepreneurs in their own field.

The Club holds TWO exhibitions annually

The RUCHIKA FEST held for two days, is our pre Rakhi event while the RUCHIKA LIFESTYLE is a one day show held three weeks prior to Diwali.These expos connect the entrepreneurs with their customers. This harmony of statement and style makes for a unique shopping experience, even for the most discerning shopper.The wide range of products on display comprises a kaleidoscope of creative talent from all over the country. Festive items, silverware, real & artificial jewelry, home décor, Lifestyle products and designer wear etc are a major attraction.

This year, May Flower also opted for a stall to display some of our works and spread the word to those who haven’t heard of us. Located at stall number 8 O/D and we got a good feedback and response from alot of new clientele. Pamphlets were distributed and special discount coupons given to those who attended the exhibition for purchases made online on our website. A display of different variety of vases both conventional and abstract were showcased. A display of our
floral works thru electronic media was also showcased and received a respectable response. A few exquisite custom made arrangements were kept on showcase and sold a respectable number of them. All in all a great success and good overall advertisement and exposure for May Flower.

We at May Flower would like to thank Ms. Seema Kejriwal who encouraged us to have a stall there and the tremendous support by Ms. Kejriwal and team proved invaluable for our first exhibition at Ruchika Fest 2013.

Some arrangements that were on display at the show can be found here

 

Floral Demonstration July 2012 by Nalini Kapadia,Founder, May Flower

Ikebana Demostration 10th July 2012 by Nalini Kapadia, Founder – May Flower

A floral demostration by Senior Teacher of Ikebana from the Sogetsu School Mrs. Nalini Kapadia had given a demostration for fellow Sogetsu Members and staff on 10th July 2012 at the Juhu Gymkhana. The Council General of Japan was also present for the demonstration.

The demostration highlighted how to make different varieties of bouquets for different occasions especially outlined for India and how to use techniques of Ikebana that can be adapted and used for any bouquet that can add a sense of style and finesse to the final product.

A selection of a few basic flowers that are available throughout the year with all florists and also available to the general public through their nearby floral markets were used. Mrs. Kapadia started out with explaining simple ways of starting off a bouquet and how the foliage and fillers are to be used to get the final product that is elegant and also easy to make. The demostration went on for about 1 hour and a few designed arrangements were made with different vases and baskets along with different flowers with accessories as given below.

Mrs. Nalini Kapadia is the founder of May Flower and her creations and bouquets are available through our site www.mayflower.in

Feel free to browse through the pictures and should you need something that can be custom made for you do get in touch with us!

 

 

 

Sikkim International Flower Show 2013

Flora and Fauna

Sikkim is situated in an ecological hotspot of the lower Himalayas, one of only three among the ecoregions of India. The forested regions of the state exhibit a diverse range of fauna and flora. Owing to its altitudinal gradation, the state has a wide variety of plants, from tropical species to temperate, alpine and tundra ones, and is perhaps one of the few regions to exhibit such a diversity within such a small area. Nearly 81% of the area of Sikkim comes under the administration of its forest department.

Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants. A variant of the Poinsettia, locally known as “Christmas Flower”, can be found in abundance in the mountainous state. The orchid Dendrobium nobile is the official flower of Sikkim, while the rhododendron is the state tree.

Orchids, figs, laurel, bananas, sal trees and bamboo grow in the Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests of the lower altitudes of Sikkim. In the temperate elevations above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) there are Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests, where oaks, chestnuts, maples, birches, alders, and magnolias grow in large numbers, as well as Himalayan subtropical pine forests, dominated by Chir pine. Alpine-type vegetation is typically found between an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 metres (11,500 to 16,000 ft). In lower elevations are found juniper, pine, firs, cypresses and rhododendrons from the Eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests. Higher up are Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, home to a broad variety of rhododendrons and wildflowers.

The red panda is the state animal of Sikkim.The fauna of Sikkim include the snow leopard, the musk deer, the Himalayan Tahr, the red panda, the Himalayan marmot, the serow, the goral, the barking deer, the common langur, the Himalayan Black Bear, the clouded leopard, the Marbled Cat, the leopard cat, the wild dog, the Tibetan wolf, the hog badger, the binturong, the jungle cat and the civet cat. Among the animals more commonly found in the alpine zone are yaks, mainly reared for their milk, meat, and as a beast of burden.

The avifauna of Sikkim include of the Impeyan pheasant, the crimson horned pheasant, the snow partridge, the snow cock, the lammergeyer and griffon vultures, as well as golden eagles, quail, plovers, woodcock, sandpipers, pigeons, Old World flycatchers, babblers and robins. Sikkim has more than 550 species of birds, some of which have been declared endangered.

Sikkim also has a rich diversity of arthropods, many of which remain unstudied; the most studied Sikkimese arthropods are butterflies. Of the approximately 1,438 butterfly species found in the Indian subcontinent, 695 have been recorded in Sikkim. These include the endangered Kaiser-i-hind, the Yellow Gorgon and the Bhutan Glory.

The Government of Sikkim has decided to organize the 2nd International Flower show from 23-27 February 2013. The Horticulture & Cash Crops Development Department will be the Nodal Department for organizing the event.

The main objectives of organizing Sikkim International Flower Show 2013 are:-

To showcase the floral potential of Sikkim.
To promote Floriculture Industry in Sikkim.
To provide Flower growers of Sikkim an International Exposition for understanding the Global trend of Floriculture Development and Flori-business.
To keep pace with the advancement of World Floriculture.
To highlight Sikkim as a Floriculture State / destination.
To promote Tourism in Sikkim.

FLOWERS

Different species of flowers such as Cymbidium Orchids, Roses, Zentedeschia, Lilium, Gerbera, Seasonal Flowers viz. Ceneraria, Petunia, Flux, Primula, Calendula etc. will be displayed on benches and in gardens as potted plants or live plants.

VEGETABLES

Different vegetables potted plants as well as harvested crop will be displayed.

SPICES

Spices crops like Large Cardamom (Cardamomum Subulatum) which is the native crop of Sikkim will be displayed as live plants and harvested capsules. Ginger and turmeric, which are also important cash crops of the states, will be displayed as harvested fresh rhizomes.

ROOT AND TUBER

Crops like yam, cassava, potato, sweet potatoes are being grown by the small and marginal farmers of the state for their consumption as sometimes as staple food and also as snacks. The root and tuber of these crops will be displayed during the event.

TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, & ORGANIC INPUTS

The firms and companies dealing with important tools and equipment used in Agricultural purposes will be invited for displayed in the stall provided to them. Similarly, organic manure and bio-pesticides available in the country and as well as in the international market will also be displayed.

BAMBOOS & MUSHROOMS

It is proposed to display a set of live species of bamboos during the event. Fruiting mushroom blocks of different species will also be kept for display.
In order to benefit the farmers and visitors, the organizing committee has decided to distribute package of practices of different crops as leaflets and pamphlets during the entire show.

The 1st International FloriShow 2008 saw more than 1 Lakh visitors attending to see the floriculture potential of the state. The event was participated by 22 International Companies, 65 National private companies and 15 State Government Agencies. International FloriShow 2008 was considered as a herculean step in the showcase of Floriculture development in the country. In this retrospect, the 2nd International Flower Show 2013 has an enormous probability of attracting approximately 2 Lakhs visitors from all over the state, neighboring states and other countries as well. The targeted audience include guest officers of the State and Central Government, farmers from within and outside the state, students from school and colleges, local gentries, and tourists.

Source: Sikkim International Flower Show

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Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok (BITEC)

Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013

Horti Asia this year was held at Bangkok and was a big success. Horti Asia is an International Tradeshow for Horticultural and Floricultural production and Procession technology which displayed products and methods around the world for improvisation, innovation and growth mediums for flowers, plants, fruits and agricultural production on a whole.

The event was at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre(BITEC) and held from 9th May to 11th May 2013. Horticulture has evolved from a mere farm activity into a business. Thailand location in the tropical region and the diverse nature of horticulture in various zones continually bring potential markets.

However, while the latest technologies are developed in one part of the globe, farmers in other parts remain ignorant. Processing technologies continue to be inaccessible and importers and processors who want high volumes find no platform to contact suppliers. A need for a common platform persists. South East Asian horticulture also needs an international platform to be able to play in the global market.

ASEAN market access and development is not just about tariffs and market entry price and price competition. The industry needs to take a differentiated marketing approach to its exports to deal with its competitive threats from major competitors (that is, China, South Africa and South America) in order to sustain and increase its market share for the short, medium and long term.

Horti Asia 2012, poised to become the most massive horticulture trade show in ASEAN, will present the platform to the entire horticulture and food sector from producers to retailers, to come and connect together.

The Kingdom of Thailand, thanks to some government initiatives like Strong Thailand Project in 2010-2012 and The Royal Rachapreuk Project 2011-2012, is continuously promoting modern marketing concepts and creating competitive atmosphere in favor of Thai farmers, circumventing middlemen, to increase the income of farmers.

Global export value for floricultural products cut-flowers, cut-foliage, bulbs and plants was at US$18,314 million in 2008, more than half of which (US$9,099 million) was from the Netherlands. Cut flowers for exports consist of orchids, roses, chrysanthemum, and gerbera. Thailands exporting value for floriculture products ranked 20th in the world, and estimated at US$111 million.

Cut flowers and ornamental plants have gone from domestic commodities into export and import substitutes. However, domestic demands for cut flowers and ornamental plants remain stable as hotels and condominiums expand around the country.Orchids, Thailand’s top floriculture product, remain in-demand. While the Netherlands ranked first in the global export value of orchid flowers with US$111.7 million (48.2%), Thailand ranked second with export value of 73.3 million U$ (31.6%). Thai orchid export value in 2009 accounted for 77% of all Thai floricultural products, with its estimated value at US$79.8 million.During the past year, dendrobium contributed 94.7% to total orchid cut flowers followed by Mokara (3.1%), Aranda (0.9%), Oncidium (0.7%), Aranthera (0.5%) and Vanda (0.1%). Key products were whole stems (88%), loose blooms (8.4%) and garlands (3.5%). The biggest importers for cut orchids were Japan (29.8%), USA (21.6%), Italy (9.4%) and China (8.6%).Thailand has a good variety and good quality and there is a soaring demand overseas. These markets include Amsterdam, and the United States. Thailand is the third largest exporter of flowers to the US, after Mexico and the Netherlands.Other floriculture exporting countries in Asia are Malaysia (US$66.8 m), Singapore (US$36.3 m), India (US$141.1 m), China (US$138.6), Taiwan (US$108.5), Japan (US$67.8 m) and Republic of Korea (US$59.7 m) Amongst the highlights of the show there was a huge display of flowers and plants at the entrance which caught everyone’s attention and here are some pictures to display the same.

Flowers, Plants and Machinery from Netherlands, Thailand ruled the roost and Orchids were the highlight of the show. I would like to see where the next show would be held and whether it would be on a larger scale than this one. You can get further information on flowers and how to order flowers online.

Images of Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013:

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