Because I have been attending for so many years, there is very little that really captures my attention and makes me say "Oooo, Aaaah". Now don't get me wrong, the Flower Show is ALWAYS beautiful. With all the plants and flowers it really can't help it. But, there is very little that has real WOW factor - for me, at least. So without further ado, here are some pictures of exhibits that had a bit of WOW factor, in my humble opinion.
From the India display:
From the Africa Display: (The shaggy one is a Lion)
I am not sure where these next two critters came from. Isn't he scary? He's a water feature.
Bamboo. This went all the way to the ceiling. The gentleman in the front was six foot tall, just to give you an idea of the scale.
And, of course, the prerequisite orchids. This one is a tree. The guy in the second picture is also a six footer.
Every now and then, an exhibit captures my attention and actually makes me say WOW out loud. These next pictures show that exhibit. The plant bottles were suspended with monofilament twine and filled with colored water. The plants in the bottles graduated in color up a slope to the back. I don't know how else to describe it, but a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.
Don't you just love the color gradations?
Normally, I don't do much shopping at the show. The merchandise is overpriced for the most part and any plant material is better left for another month, or even two, because it is too cold outside just yet. However, this year I found something that will speak to all my quilty friends. Isn't this just lovely?
It is an Indian market bag. It's all purply and embroidered, very deep and it slings over your shoulder. I love it and used it this weekend at the flea market. Drafting a pattern from the bag shouldn't be very hard. When I get it done, I will share if you are interested.