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The Horticultural Society of New York



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(Open to the Public for the First Time)


The Horticultural Society of New York’s New York Flower Show dinner dance (formerly Flowers and Design) this year will highlight the spirit of the Hort's famous and historical New York Flower Show.  It will focus on table designs of New York’s finest floral, fashion and interior designers (see below) and transform 583 Park Avenue into a magical setting by creating table designs reflecting the theme Fire & Ice. For the first time ever, the showing of table designs will be open to the public from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, followed by the Horticultural Society’s annual dinner dance. The New York Flower Show supports The HSNY’s mission of enhancing New York City’s environmental and cultural life by providing unique educational, vocational and therapeutic outreach programs, library resources and exhibitions. ( )


WHEN:            Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

                        3:00pm – 5:00pm Public and Press Preview to meet designers and view table designs


7:00pm – Cocktails   8:00pm Dinner and Dancing


WHO:              Chairman: Ce Ce Black, Elizabeth Scholtz,
                        Shelia Stepenson, Elizabeth Stribling


David Easton – renowned Architect and Interior Designer

Stephen Orr- gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living magazine- author Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening

Frances TenenbaumLegendary Houghton Mifflin garden editor.

Alex Timbers- an Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning writer and director

Flower Show Chair: Huguette Hersch

Judges Chairman: R. Ellen Avellino

Judges: Mario Buatta, David Monn, Rod Winterrowd, Susan K. Gutfreund

Corporate Chair: Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Cohen, The D&D Building


WHERE:          583 Park Avenue at 63rd Street


VIEWING:       Viewing: 3:00pm-5:00pm – Hort Members Free; Non-members $10

TICKETS:        Dinner Dance Tickets from $650 to $1,500 Tables from $6,500 to $25,000        


The Horticultural Society of New York’s programs help to expand New York City’s greening efforts and to ensure that all New Yorkers enjoy the benefits of horticulture, from the beautification of home and garden.  Their program also includes the community enhancement of public green space, the growing of fresh vegetables on urban farms and the job opportunities of landscape and design and maintenance. Funds raised help support, Green City, Green Work, Apple Seed, The Barbara A. Margolis Library, The Art Gallery and Horticulture Services.



Tickets and information Stephanie Chin – HSNY –
 212-757-0915 X101




2011 Horticultural Society of New York Flower Show Designers


Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design

Brian Bowman & Dan Dahl combined their years of fashion and floral event design to create Bowman Dahl a little over three years ago. Their design work has always leaned towards classic with a twist. This is attained by integrating unusual elements with traditional flowers with the goal of creating unexpected, innovative, but always aesthetically pleasing designs. Their trusting and loyal clients like the New York Botanical Gardens, Guggenheim Museum, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren allows them the freedom to do what they love best, showcasing the incredible beauty and variety of nature.

Chestnuts in the Tuileries

Chestnuts in the Tuileries is an upscale event design firm. Launched in 2001 by Emily Pinon, Chestnuts in the Tuileries has become the go to flower design boutique for high end fashion houses, A - list celebrities, and New York Socialites.

The Chestnuts style couples delicate femininity with modern clean lines capturing the defining elements of timeless elegance. This refined approach to flower and event design derives from an eternal love for classic fashion, great escapes to lush Parisian gardens, and everlasting fairytale romance. Whether planning an intimate dinner party, a corporate gathering or a lavish wedding, Chestnuts in the Tuileries will stylize each occasion creating the true essence of sophistication.

Chestnuts in the Tuileries provides a full décor styling service that includes initial mood boards, flower design, custom floor plans and renderings, atmospheric lighting, candlelight, tabletop accessories, and linen selection. The Chestnuts design team works very closely with their clients to create one of a kind events tailoring each detail to complete perfection.

Diane Wagner Designs

Diane Wagner, floral and event designer and author of two popular floral design books, brings warmth, sophistication, and extensive experience to every occasion. Combining her love of flowers and color with impeccable design skills and attention to detail, she creates memorable events for each client. Her floral designs have been seen at parties of all sizes from the Grammies to intimate dinners. With a career beginning in publishing, her design esthetic quickly led her to photo styling and bridal flowers. She has been affiliated with some of NYC’s top event and floral design companies and is the author of the floral design books: Flower Style and Beautiful Wedding Flowers, both published by Hearst/Sterling. Diane publishes a fun and informative blog about all things floral at

Douglas Koch Designs Ltd.

With longstanding relationships as the Florist and event designer to New York's finest hotels such as The Peninsula Hotel, Helmsley Hotels, The Plaza Athenee, Union League, Millennium Hotels & Intercontinental Hotel to mention a few. Douglas Koch has designed parties for many movie stars, television personalities, visiting dignitaries and royalty, plus many of New York's captains of industry, Donald Trump, Paramount Pictures, Altria, HSBC, Barclays Capitol, De Beers, Travelers Insurance, Pfizer, Bloomingdale's, Discovery Channel, Elizabeth Arden ... His inspired designs have dazzled many of societies top tier, such as Stevie Wonder, Enya, Rod Stewart, Hunt Slonem, Deborah Johnson and Jennifer Lopez to mention a few.

His visionary artistry ranges from Simply Chic to Whimsical and sweet, to Romantic & Lush. Douglas Koch creates wonderful imaginative and innovative decor for all occasions. Douglas Koch is pleased to announce his new location, “DKD North” in historic Athens New York. This 7,000 square foot design warehouse, is now used for large event production and to service his Up State, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont clients.

Fleurs Bella

Bella Meyer, founder and Creative Director of Fleurs Bella, was born in Paris and grew up immersed in art. Indeed, as the granddaughter of Marc Chagall, the whole focus on home was on his work, on art and beauty.

Flowers have always been close to Bella’s heart. Working with each flower’s innate beauty, highlighting and juxtaposing their texture and color, Bella strives to achieve the unique message of the client. Each and every installation becomes a manifestation of expression, a unique evolving dialogue between artist and client.

Flower School New York

More to come….


Flowers by Daye

Flowers By Daye is a full-service studio that can go beyond tabletop arrangements to create an entire original look.

Daye's signature style, in a word is "Harmonious." Influences range from European culture and big-city sophistication to her own simple Japanese heritage and revered Buddhist traditions.

H. Hartley du Pont

Hartley du Pont grew up on her family horse farm in New Jersey. From her earliest memories, she was inspired by her grandmother Grace Hartley Mead, who would rise before dawn to pick flowers from her extensive gardens. Du Pont, who is President Emeritus of the School of the Arts Alumni Association of Columbia University finds, flowers to be the most fragrant and colorful artistry. She earned her B.A. degree at Bard College, and her M.F.A. degree from Columbia specializing in printmaking, but for as long as she can remember she was picking flowers, wild and domestic, from her parents woods and fields, and decorating the tables. Du Pont has exhibited in many shows, including Barney's New York Red Window Exhibit, and has had a solo show at the National Academy of Design of her prints and pastels.

Additionally, she trained as a costume designer in New York City, and designed costumes for Off Broadway productions, as well as assisting designers on many shows. She often displays a love of the dramatic in her flair for color and size.

A professional journalist and designer, du Pont has been a sports columnist for the New York daily News, and a reporter for the Associated Press. She has been a feature writer for many national and international publications, including Elle, Self, and Harper's Bazaar magazines. Du Pont has been the designer of the Winter Ball for the Musuem of the City of New York, including all floral arrangements for 13 consecutive years, and has designed for this event every year since its inception 14 years ago. Many of her designs have been photographed for magazines and newspapers, and she serves as Vice Chair of Events and Programs for Columbia's Alumni Association, is a member of the Senate Committee on Honors and Prizes, as well as Chairman of the SolarOne Event in New York. She is currently working on a book of table top settings and flowers called "Lifestyle by du Pont."

Hugh McMahon

Hugh McMahon takes an ordinary piece of fruit and creates dynamic sculptures that enlightens any environment. He's an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins and watermelons has featured him in many restaurants, events, television, magazines, and books throughout the world.

Janet Simon Inc.

A designer since 1979, Janet Simon has distinguished the art of living well with elegance and luxurious style. Based in Morristown, New Jersey, Janet Simon Inc. specializes in one-of-a-kind residential, commercial and civic projects. Janet draws upon her classical art knowledge to transform each assignment into a custom experience; every element personifies a thoughtful process that defines the details to tell the story. Utilizing color as a tool to express her infectious joy for living, Janet parlays her passion for entertaining to create inviting and timeless interiors that lend themselves to be lived-in and not just admired—a genuine quality of a modern-day decorator. Janet received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Lafayette College, and also studied in Florence, Italy, as well as at the New York School of Interior Design. She lives in New Vernon, New Jersey, with her husband and four children.  

Jerry Rose Floral & Event Design

In his 25 years as a floral and event designer, Jerry Rose has designed and produced some of the most talked-about weddings and parties in New Jersey, New York and beyond. A Jerry Rose production, whether for his corporate or private clients, is meticulously planned and designed, with a myriad of custom details and personal touches. Each event is treated as an opportunity to create a singular environment, where flowers, art, and entertainment co-exist in magical harmony for the guests.

Beyond event design, Jerry Rose regularly consults in matters of interior and exterior design. His clients benefit from his impressive facility to work with any material and to bring his inspirations – and their dreams – to life.

LMD Lewis Miller Design

LMD Lewis Miller Design is a boutique floral and event design studio. Our inspiration is old-world, our vision is modern, our passion is quality. We tailor every project, large or small to express a client’s desire: to create a showcase for their best-lived life. We celebrate references to nature, luxury and history for a result that is fresh, timeless and chic. Precise in every way while maintaining a sense of exuberance and artistry, each detail is taken into full consideration. Celebrating the best of nature, color and light, a few moments of beauty that will always be remembered.

Mixed Greens Event Design

Alana Rose Guglielmo-Hearn is a New York-based floral and event designer, specializing in destination weddings and events. Her simple, fresh, and uncommon arrangements strive toward stunning beauty and sustainable design. With an aesthetic rooted in the Rockies and refined by sleek urban modernity, her main inspirations are organic forms, and natural landscapes. She truly loves to entertain and create innovative atmospheres. Recently, Alana's 'Mixed Greens Event Design' was voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick, and she is a featured floral designer in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

Nancy Swiezy Events

Ms. Swiezy is a Floral Designer and Event Planner. As the preferred florist for many N.Y. charities, she has planned many society weddings in Newport R.I., the Hamptons, and NYC.

Rachel Cho Inc.

With clean style and design being the key focus in all of Rachel Cho's creations, she expresses her art and vision through colors, textures, and the graphic structure of flowers. She attributes her start to her mother Sharon who still owns and runs a highly acclaimed local flower boutique in the Bronx. Having a background in fashion, she launched her own company in 2005 focusing on events, weddings, and corporate accounts with a distinctive style that is clean, modern, and luxurious. She quickly built a reputation in the industry and among her clients, receiving glowing reviews as having exceptional talent, unwavering service, and a generous spirit. Having become one of the most sought-after floral designers her clients now include MoMA, the luxury areas of Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, and various fashion houses. She was recently named the exclusive floral expert of Lord and Taylor's new bridal division. Her love of traveling the world and exploring other cultures in floral design has become an important part of her profession that has enriched her unique style and continues to influence honing her craft.

Rebecca Cole GROWs

Award-winning and internationally re-nowned garden, floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole has developed her lifestyle and design business over the past 18 years, known as Rebecca Cole GROWs. Designer of hundreds of New York City’s green roofs, terraces, outdoor "living rooms", events, weddings and interiors for a diverse array of clients that includes The James Hotel, Bono,the Clintons,,Oprah,Nike, Julie Andrews, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Lewis Black, Megan Mullally, Christy Turlington, William Wegmen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pat Fields and the Murdoch clan. Her television and radio credits includes hosting Discovery Channel’s Surprise by Design and America’s longest running home improvement radio show On the House, the garden contributor to the Today Show and has appeared on Oprah, The View, CNN, The Early Show, BBC World News and more. Rebecca is the author of three books Potted Gardens, which won the Quill and Trowel Award for best new gardening book, Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Spaces and Flower Power. She has been profiled in over 300 national and international publications as diverse as Architectural Digest, Forbes, Garden Design, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Us Magazine, Hanajikan Japan, Metropolitan Home, Woman’s Day, Travel and Leisure, Air France, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Greek Maison and countless others.

Winning "Best in Show" in both Seattle and San Francisco’s Flower and Garden Shows just made her wish she did not have to travel so far to win in the future…come on NewYork let’s bring the Flower and Garden Show back!

Renny & Reed

Reed McIlvaine is one of the nation’s premier event and floral designers. He is the proprietor of Renny & Reed, the famed New York floral resource known for creating exceptionally memorable special events, society weddings, and stunningly elegant bouquets.

Sarah Hobden is the creative director of Renny & Reed. With more than 18 years of experience in all aspect of the floral industry, she has both the in-depth horticultural expertise and natural design flair to create events and settings that dazzle and inspire.

Rod Winterrowd Inc.

Following a successful television career as a Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios, Rod Winterrowd founded his own interior design firm in 2001. RWI is a global residential design firm that oversees the design and management of residential projects. Current projects range across the country from a private home in Beverly Hills, a penthouse in Paris, to a client’s own island in the Bahamas, circling home to New York City where the business is commissioned for apartments and townhouses, Westchester estates, and extensive work throughout the Hamptons.

Mr. Winterrowd was recently awarded the annual prestigious Ballinger Award for the best renovated landmark home on the ocean by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. RWI’s offices are located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and works with clients to create beautiful, classic interiors, and consults on new projects as well as the restoration and renovation of existing properties.

Sebastian Li

Sebastian Li was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York. He studied art and photography in Boston before settling in New York and launching his business. A proud descendent of a bohemian family, Sebastian channels the creativity of artists like Hermann Dudley Murphy, a celebrated painter of the Boston School; Dudley Murphy, the pioneer director of Ballet Mécanique (1924) and the The Emperor Jones (1933); and Grace Li, whose award-winning azalea garden once flourished in Glen Cove, New York. An accomplished cook and avid gardener, Sebastian splits his time between an apartment in Manhattan and his prefab house on Long Island.  

Tom Farrington Designs

Zak Events

ZAK EVENTS provides sophisticated event design and fine stationery for corporate and private special events throughout the tri-state area and beyond. Our strong attention to detail and providing the finest in tabletop design stems from the owner’s personal aspirations of providing the highest quality coupled with the most luxurious elements. Although our focus is Floral Design and Full Tabletop Décor, our other services include Graphic Design, Custom Stationery and Invitation Design, Scenic Design and Custom Event Furniture. Our team of dedicated Carpenters, Floral Designers and Production Coordinators provide seamless design and décor for all types of events including Corporate Incentive Dinners, Awards Galas, Birthdays, Weddings, Black-Tie Functions and Fundraisers to name a few.   

Mitzi Perdue

Mitzi Perdue holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. She is the Founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a 9000-member organization which encourages healthy lifestyles through awards for outstanding workplace wellness programs. Most recently, she wrote, "I Didn't Bargain for This!", an autobiography that examines the attitudes of her father (co-founder of the Sheraton Hotels) and husband (the late Frank Perdue) that led to their business and personal successes.


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