I devoted Saturday's post to the State Museum's West Hall, which houses the Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany and The Adirondack Wilderness exhibits, and to part of its South Hall, which houses the permanent Native Peoples of New York exhibit and two temporary exhibits. I planned to devote this post to the remaining South Hall displays and to the East Hall, which focuses, for the most part, on the rise of New York City, but in impulse I decided to dash through the West Hall and revisit a couple of arrangements that I photographed badly on Saturday.
I'm glad I did. I somehow missed this lovely arrangement, which Olive Felio of the Greenbush Garden Club created using willow, 5mm star gysophilia, mini carnations, asters, solidago yellow, and stock. It's one of my favorites.
Moving right along to the South Hall . . . .
An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War (closes 22 September 2013), which documents New York's contributions of men, materiel, and money to the war effort and draws upon the collections of not only the State Museum but also the State Archives and State Library and cultural heritage institutions throughout the state. Pam Taft of the Bethlehem Garden Club situated this arrangement of roses, hypericum, snapdragons, delphinium, and laurel in the section of the exhibit devoted to antebellum New York.
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks. Stoddard was one of the first photographers to document the Adirondacks, and the images he created helped to make the region a popular tourist destination. Meg Bugler of the Capital Region Career and Technical School, Van Rensselaer Garden Club, and Meg Bugler Floral Design used tree fern, bear grass, lemon leaf, curely willow, pussy willow, forsythia, tulips, liatris, seeded eucalyptus, spider mums, sweet William, lily, pine cones to create an arrangement that welcomed visitors to the gallery. Capital Region Career and Technical School students built and finished the Adirondack chair.
Felthausen's Florist created. It brings together liatris, iris, white Monte Casino, sheet moss, and pussy willow.
Metropolis Hall exhibit that occupies most of the East Hall focuses first on the natural environment. The arrangement that Sue Hankamp of the Bill Doran Company created using kalanchoe, phalaenopsis orchid, croton, sansviera laurentii, hedera, and other plants exemplified the diversity of plant life that can be found in vacant city lots. (It also honored Whiskers Animal Benevolent League, which is dedicated to humanely stabilizing Albany's feral cat population and finding forever homes for the displaced house cats that end up living on the edge of feral colonies. One of my cats came to me via Whiskers, and I can attest to the good work Whiskers does.)
Mohonk Mountain House placed this arrangement of cymbidium orchids, red aranal calla lily, peony, flowered tulips, rananculus, leucadendron, agonis, seeded eucalyptus, maiden grass, wisteria branches, and lotus pods in front of the skeleton of an Atlantic right whale.
Henry F. Clas Florist splendidly complements a reconstruction of a Lenape dwelling. It bamboo, bear grass, carnation, chrysanthemum, delphinium, eucalyptus, feathers, heather, hypericum, huckleberry, laurel, raffia, roses, sphagnum moss, and statice.
Schenectady ARC created a simple, delightfully spring-like arrangement of tulips, iris, lilies, statice, chrysanthemums, pussy willow, and lemon leaf.
Bethlehem Garden Club.
Bethlehem Garden Club created: it features Bibb lettuce, orange unique roses, baby green hydrangea, hypericum berries, carnations, miniature sunflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, pears, garlic, and onions.
The Country Florist created a compelling arrangement of Asiatic lily, trachilium, bear grass, carnation, ruscus, and seeded eucalyptus to complement the Tuck High Company storefront, which highlights the development of New York City's Chinatown.
tablescapes" -- a word often used by the governor's girlfriend -- that occupied the Bird Hall in years past. However, yesterday I noted that the tablescapes hadn't gone away; they had merely moved into the South Hall. Donald Bennett of White Cottage Gardens used cymbidium orchids, carnations, magnolia leaves, and sumac branches to create a very modern tablescape in a small gallery chronicling the city's development.
LUSH Floral Design and consists of iris, bird of paradise, circus rose, and spray rose.
When I came to work today, "Once Upon a Time," David Michael Schmidt's mammoth main lobby installation, was being dismantled. All other traces of New York in Bloom had vanished. It's always sad to see New York in Bloom go, but I'm glad that the State Museum's after-school programs will continue to give children and teens who live in Albany's roughest neighborhoods the intensive academic, social, and personal support that they need -- and deserve. And in just a few short weeks, New York really will be in bloom.