The British Floral Influencers Lunch

Take a look at the exciting and very beautiful day!



The sold out British Floral Influencers Luncheon took place on February 27th in New York City. The benefit luncheon was in support of the forthcoming exhibit October 20th at

The Garden Museum, London on the life & legacy of Constance Spry.

Each tablescape was styled by a different designer. The designers took their influence from Ms. Spry and created their own individual looks.

Each table had a common linen of a beautiful spring green provided by Nuage Designs and chairs from Luxe Event Rentals.

Martha Stewart served as honorary guest table designer. She, in collaboration with Dennis Schrader of Landcraft Environments, created a table with topiaries and grasses and touches of hellebore. (above) Martha arrived at the event (below)with massive, bright pink orchids grown in her own greenhouse. She placed these at each of the speakers place setting!


Holly Chapple created "fresh floral fashion" seen here on a model from Elan Artists. David Beahm Destinations tabletop was a splash of color and springtime vibes with dishes scattered with butterflies from the Tabletop Company. (middle) The Marchioness of Normanby, Nicola Shulman,(bottom left) lectured on fashion and gardens and the relationship each have had on each other from the royal court of past times to today's fashion designers. Lady Normanby is a trustee of the Garden Museum where she curated the exhibit on the same theme.

I am joined by Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum, London,

Char Hubble of the Cameo Foundation, our event chair, Shane Connolly, Lady Normanby, Ron Miller, marketing committee chairman (bottom right).

(left to right) Char Hubble, Event Chair, Cathy Graham, Christina Matteucci, director of David Beahm Destinations, Joshua Werber,

Holly Chapple, Martha Stewart, Ryan Zoeller, creative director of David Beahm Destinations, Dennis Shrader, Landcraft Environments,

Shane Connolly, speaker, designer and curator of the forthcoming Constance Spry exhibit, Taylor Patterson,Fox Fodder Farm,

Emily Thompson, speaker and designer, Nicolette Camille Flowers ( not pictured).

I styled a styled a tablescape with Maison de Carine, and Kim Seybert both luxury tabletop goods company and David Beahm Destination flowers accented with calligraphy by Gunsteens Lettering. Garbage Goddess, champions of floral sustainability rescued and repurposed all possible plants and flowers for reuse in sustainable, eco style.



Shane Connolly designed this lovely tablescape (left) using Frances Palmer Pottery, Frances was a guest at lunch as well! Joshua Werber wowed everyone with his creative "crowns and tiaras" at each place setting at his table. A fun nod to Constance Spry's royal events, and of course, Shane- today's "royal florist".



Take a look at the gorgeous tablescapes below!


( from top left)

David Beahm Destinations, Martha Stewart with Dennis Shrader of Landcraft Environments, Holly Chapple, Emily Thompson

(from bottom left)

Nicolette Camille Floral, Josh Werber, Cathy Graham, and Fox Fodder Farm



Shane Connolly lectured and shared his insight and the influence Constance Spry has had on the floral and creative worlds. He was joined by the New York celebrated florist, Emily Thompson. They gave a live floral demonstration and wowed the luncheon guests as they created two massive pieces of floral artistry right before the guests’ eyes.

Plants and foliage were made available by New York Flower Group and Foliage Garden.

The Marchioness of Normanby, Nicola Shulman spoke after lunch. Lunch was the very same menu Constance Spry created for the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth!

The presentations were made available thru audio visual by ESP Creative.



Holly Chapple created the most gorgeous "fresh floral fashions". In keeping with the garden theme these lovely ladies from Elan Artists flowed thru the room as a jazz trio from Elan played lovely music.



Many thanks to the wonderful and very talented photographer, Andy Marcus of Fred Marcus Studios for all the gorgeous photos. So grateful to him and Hart Studios for the photos and filming of this memorable day!




It is always good to get a little help from your friends and things are certainly more fun with these peeps around!!

(above)

Leslie Mastin with Jana Rosenkrantz, My partner, collaborator, colleague and friend, Char Hubble, Victoria Samuel, Ryan Zoeller and Cornelia Bower

(below)

Flowers from Shane and our own copies of Constance's book!

David Waterman, Lukas Barwinksi-Brown, Andrew Habich- Soloman, Victoria Dubin

Char and the lovely ladies from Phoenix, Arizona. Wendy Lentz,

Victoria York (right) provided the menus, escort cards and programs. All beautifully designed with a lovely floral motif.





It was an amazing day hearing about Constance Spry 80 years after her arrival to New York City where she set up shop on Madison Avenue. The creativity and beauty inspired by this trailblazing woman was outstanding. It was a lovely and warm day, despite being chilly February temps. If this is any indication... I think we all have something to look forward to on October 20th when the exhibit Shane Connolly is curating at the Garden Museum opens. I'm sure hoping to hop across the pond and I hope many of you will too!





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