About That Botanical Arts Thing (again)

Earlier this month the Memphis Garden Club presented a Garden Club of America Flower Show entitled A Joyous Festival…


Works in the Dixon Gallery’s permanent collection were the creative inspiration behind the show.  What a lovely way to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dixon where the club has been presenting the Memphis Flower Show for many years.

I was disappointed to be unable to attend the show in person.  The tulips in the gardens are always spectacular.  These photos from their Facebook page attest…



If you’ve been around here for a while then you probably know what’s coming next!  Several months back I entered the botanical arts division of the flower show in a class with instructions to create an 18th century hair comb.   After a lot of digging around on the Internet I was finally able to conjure up the inspiration for my creation.

Sadly, a phone disaster resulted in the loss of all the pictures I had taken during its construction and now all I have are photos of the finished product…


A dear friend was going from Jackson to Memphis the week before the show and was able to drop off my “baby” with the division chairman.  In the meantime there was quite a bit happening OPP what with the “Luncheon of the Year” and a certain person ending up in surgery and a cast!  I really did not give the comb and the outcome of the judging a fleeting thought until I received a call with a Memphis area code…


It was Brandon, my sweet division chairman, telling me that I had won 1st place in my division and the Memphis Garden Club Curator’s Award as well.  At least that is all I comprehended from our conversation…


A little while later I caught site of that other ribbon,  the blue, red and yellow one, and the card above it reading Best In Show!!!

Really?  Best In Show?  Little Ole Me?

Ok, I was on cloud 9 and jumping up and down for the rest of the weekend!

My inspiration statement for the entry…


Sweet Brandon picked up my comb and all its accoutrements and is holding them for me until I can arrange to have them picked up.  She told me I even get to keep the pretty acrylic and mirror display stand…


So about that botanical arts thing, I’m kind of hooked…


Image from Sean Casey rescue

until the next time…


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  1. Kandy sims says:

    Wow! That is really beautiful and I’m not surprised you got Best in Show!! Congrats!!!

  2. Kathy Gray says:

    I’m so proud of you! It really is beautiful. Don’t you love finding an outlet for your creativity that is appreciated by others? Well done, Marsha!

  3. It is amazing!!!! You deserve lots of blue ribbons for that beautiful piece and the fabulous luncheon!!!

  4. Loicka hodges says:

    Congratulations Marsha!!
    You are so talented!!

  5. Wow, that is wonderful. The comb is a true work of art.

  6. Susan McNamara says:

    Congratulations Marsha! It is well deserved and great timing! You deserve to enjoy that timeless beauty forever. I can’t wait to see it in person! Bravo!

  7. leslie dement says:

    oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my !!!!!!!!!!!!! I am jumping up and down for you!!! It really is “a thing of beauty”….. as are YOU!!!! Muy congrats you little thing of beauty, you!!!

  8. Deborah says:

    Congratulations, Marsha! You are a real star in the botanical arts things!!! It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to see you wear it.