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What Did Flower Arrangements Look Like in 1908?

What did flower arrangements look like in 1908? If you are familiar with Dutch Master oil paintings, you may have an idea.  Painters in this period often painted still lifes of lush, opulent flower arrangements.  Roses and dahlias were popular, as were jewel tones mixed with light pastels.  Arrangements were often loose, asymmetrical, in a garden style, and spilling out of metal or stone containers.

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Large Garden Style Arrangement

Kahn, Donovan, Dees, and Kahn Law celebrated their 110th anniversary last Thursday and we were tasked with creating arrangements that would have been similar to those 110 years ago.

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Large Garden Stye Arrangement

I doubt imported flowers were available in Evansville in 1908. So, I checked with three of our local farms to see what they would have available and started to make my plan.

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Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container

We had beautiful dahlias from Wild Willow Farms, zinnias, celosia and solidago from Timberview Flower Farm, and other zinnias, celosia, and unique foliage from Darnell School Farm.  I did use some non-local flowers, specifically roses.  Roses were so popular then but unfortunately, we do not have any commercial rose growers in our area.

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Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container

We used our vintage gold containers for the majority of the arrangements.

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Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container

The arrangements were spread throughout KDDK’s large office and bud vases were set on bistro tables throughout the space.

Bud Vase
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container
Garden Style Arrangement in Tall Glass Cylinder
Garden Style Arrangement in Vintage Brass Container

What do you think of this style?  What was the most unique aspect for you?

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