A Tropical Spring Installation at Styer's
Spring is the season of renewal, growth, and fresh starts. And for our stores, that means more than the bounty of bright blooms and green plants that begin to fill the nurseries (although they are some of our most anticipated arrivals!). It’s also a time for us to reimagine our store displays, bringing in new ideas and creative concepts to inspire and excite our visitors as they think about transforming their own homes and gardens. Kaitlin Dodds, our display coordinator at Styer’s, says the latest painted botanical displays allowed the team to “tap into art genres that we typically don’t have an opportunity to visit.” She adds that “the pops of unexpected colors brings a sense of whimsy to the installations and mentally transport the viewer from this dreary transitional weather to the much anticipated and lively spring and summer months.”
For the canopy spanning the length of the store’s conservatory, the team used PVC pipe, chicken wire, and moss mats as the base. Kaitlin explains the installation itself “includes a variety of live, faux, and metal stems.” She was able to visit New York’s Flower District to collect some of the materials for the display, saying she “stuck to the live stems I knew would hold their form during the drying process and stems that had an exciting geometry and bold shape like areca, sago, and pacific fan palms.” She also incorporated banana leaves, ferns, and monstera leaves, “knowing that while they wouldn't hold their shape for the life of the canopy, they would at least provide intrigue for awhile.” The color palette was “born after finding dramatic preserved plumosa ferns that had been preserved in a variety of bright pink hues,” which she complemented with “a variety of greens, a burgundy color, and a sky blue as a surprise pop of color. She finished the canopy with faux leaves (to help to bulk out the canopy as the live stems dried), and some ornamental ferns as well.”
And while the kitchen display is not necessarily meant to be a companion to the canopy, Kaitlin says it has a “similar language to the conservatory installation and was another opportunity to merge painted botanicals with live plants.” She approached this design differently, “creating a three dimensional plant painting as the backdrop with a variety of yellow tones within it to provide color dimension.” She also says the hanging orb consists of a variety of planted ferns, dried stems, citrus (both live preserved in wax and faux), and sago palms. Kaitlin saw the sago palms as a transitional element between the orb and the wall, explaining that “the sago palms, over time, dry to this amazing nutty-yellow color, so they were perfect to incorporate into the orb.” It’s an eye-catching, innovative installation we’re excited for everyone to experience this season.
If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by our Styer’s location to see these amazing displays for yourself!