My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show, one of the best known Floral Art Competitions on our design calendars:

“It’s A Party… Life is a Celebration!
The passions of architecture and nature converge to ignite your imagination and illuminate your soul. The sights, sounds and scents of this garden will trigger your senses into overload.”

I was invited to exhibit in this year's show as an International Competitor to represent Canada. Competitors came from Canada, Bermuda, France, South Africa, United States, Barbados, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia to create a design based on the theme “Celebrate!”

My design was inspired by a bubbling glass of Sparkling Wine. But I wanted it to look light and suspended in the moment. I researched aquarium designs and made 9 tubes powered by a small battery to add a constant stream of bubbles between my flowers. Each bubble tube is controlled with a tiny tap to open or close for more… or less bubbles to add dimension.

Celebrate floral art design

As plant material I used 140 meters of Tillandsia Usneoides that I wove into garlands with about three strands running up the length of a garland. I also used willow tips manipulated into tendrils and I suspended a total of 120 white Phalaenopsis orchids from 160 meters of beaded wire and fishing line. Each tiny stem was placed in a water filled glass seahorse to keep it hydrated.

Celebrate design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

Judging of the floral arrangement exhibits at the Toronto Flower Show are by General Show Regulations and the Judging Criteria Of Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design and by International Flower Show Rules, World Association of Floral Artists (WAFA) criteria

Invitational class 10 International Exhibitors: Celebrate!

Tillandsia Usneoides woven into garlands, willow tips manipulated into tendrils and white Phalaenopsis orchids

  • Staged: on a base
  • Area Allotted: 122cm x 122cm x 203cm (48” x 48” x 80”)
  • Base and Background colour: Caribbean Coast

Tillandsia Usneoides garlands, willow tips, Phalaenopsis orchids

The design was judged from the front and both sides

 I won a Gold Ribbon for my Celebrate! Floral Art Design

I won a Gold Ribbon for my Celebrate! Floral Art Design

Gold Ribbon Canada Blooms

Thank you to Canada Blooms, The Garden Club of Toronto and The Toronto Flower Show and for inviting me to design.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Tillandsia Usneoides

Spanish moss, Florida moss, long moss, or graybeard

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow