Sponsored by the Boxwood Garden Club of Richmond, gardeners and flower arrangers from across the state flocked to Richmond today to a presentation by well-known floral designer Sybil Brooke Sylvester who shared her ideas and philosophies for designing ‘Flowers with a Southern Flair.’ A regular contributor to Southern Living, Southern Accents, Coastal Living and flower magazines and featured in Brides magazine, she is the owner of “Wildflower Designs” in Birmingham, Alabama, where she runs “Wildflower School,” personalized instruction for handling flowers and creating artistic designs.
Today Sybil brought her philosophy of floral design to Richmond to demonstrate her personal style of flower arranging. With the arrival of the wedding season, she created a bouquet of roses and another one of herbs, each spring carrying a unique meaning, that spring brides would be delighted to carry. She created a towering arrangement using a multitude of greenery in all shapes, colors and textures, finishing it with the subtle blooms of hellebores. We watched as she demonstrated a bold, masculine arrangement for a groom’s gathering and a simple, yet beautiful arrangement of cut flowers in bright green aquarium gravel.
Filling the space with colorful arrangements and filling the room with colorful stories of learning the art of arranging in her youth working for two grand dame arrangers, Mrs. McReynolds and Lula Rose Blackwell, we could chuckle along with her as she slowly acquired fundamentals of floral art to become one of the South’s most sought after floral designers.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester