whoa. Nice floral displays.
I like the first one the most too. It's so simple with the least flowers but yet looks sophisticated with its artistry
I think the second one isn't so good. It looks like crazy bunch of flowers...there isn't much movement in the design.
I think the christmas tree wasted a lot of precious blooms. It's too much
Thanx for re-aligning the photos. I think they use a lot of cymbidiums because they last a long time and the exhibits have to last thru heat and thousands of people passing thru. Remember ikebana schools have certain rules, proportion of plants in the vertical alignment relative to horizontal alignment, use of other materials, some must incorporate water, etc. so they can't be just minimalist. The Christmas tree was just one of the displays;there are a lot more, maybe I'll post later.
Cymbidiums are easy to obtain in large numbers so they are used as a substitute for the traditionally used cattleyas a lot. (lol at my local show the lady who organised the many florists to make arrangements fo the show thought they were cattleyas...I had to convince her they were cymbidiums) I think cymbidiums are the new corsage orchids now.
Dends are also easy to obtain and in large numbers from asia.
....paphs were not used probably because they cost a lot. I head they were $9 a stem for the 2007 Rose Parade and they were the most expensive bloom they used for the float (and these are wholesale prices probably) on SOF.
Still...I wanna see a paph floral arrangement made one day. Maybe I'll submit my own, some of my maudiaes won't mind. Might be a waste though...(someone teach me a little bit more about the Japanese disipline of floral arranging. all I do is set the blooms the way I think looks nice and sophisticated)