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Gardiner Museum



May 3 - 5, 2013

Toronto’s Top Floral Designers
Create Stunning Installations
Inspired By The Gardiner Collections

For one weekend only, spectacular floral installations by 10 of Toronto’s top floral designers will be displayed throughout the Museum to celebrate the arrival of spring in the city. Each designer will create a stunning floral installation inspired by a particular piece in our permanent collection. Don’t miss this must-see spring event!


Cocktail and Oyster Gala Reception 
Thurs May 2, 2013  6 - 9 pm
Regular: $125 | GROUPS (6 OR MORE): $95 eaCH
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Sun May 5, 2013  1 - 4 pm
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Sat May 4, 2013  2 - 3:30 pm
Speaker: Bruno Duarte, Fresh Floral Creations

$15 General | $10 Members 
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Sun May 5, 2013  2 - 3:30 pm
Speaker: Michael Renaud, Horticultural
Design Inc.

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 Bert Brown

Bert Brown
Earthwork Floral Design

507 King East | 416.703.7910 | earthwork.ca

Born and raised on the tropical island of Trinidad at the foot of the Caribbean, Bert comes naturally to the world of floral design. After coming to Canada and graduating from art school, he trained at the famed Toronto floral studio, Sissinghurst, under the formidably talented Richard Hayter whose creativity, generosity of spirit and deep love of flowers and design were a source of daily inspiration. Indeed the guiding spirit of Richard, who passed away in 1995, continues to inspire and influence Bert.


 Sue Clarkson

Sue Clarkson
The Garden Club of Toronto

Sue Clarkson is an award winning floral designer who recently won silver representing Canada in the international class at Canada Blooms 2013. Sue is a certified Floral Design Judge and Horticultural Judge who has regularly taught floral design and horticulture courses/workshops at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, The Garden Club of Toronto, and to various community groups. For many years, Sue was involved with The Art Gallery of Ontario as a buyer of gallery gifts for both the Gallery gift shop and for special exhibits such as The Barnes Exhibit, Degas, and Turner. She is an experienced printmaker, oil, and water colour painter. She has been a member of The Garden Club of Toronto for twelve years and feels that her fine art background has helped foster her love of floral design.


 Joseph Delarge

Joseph Delarge

364A King Street East | 416.214.6479 | ecostems.ca

eco|stems award-winning designs use only local, organic, and fair trade flowers to create unique and beautiful floral arrangements for weddings, events, sympathy/condolence and everyday occasions.

Throughout our operations we make a difference by reducing water use, emissions from car use, energy consumption, reducing and diverting waste and always buying used before new such as reusing and repurposing floral containers and materials.


Bruno Duarte - Fresh Floral Creations

Bruno Duarte
Fresh Floral Creations

175b Danforth Avenue | 416.968.1270 | freshflorals.com | facebook.com/freshflorals

Bruno's approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.

His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and A-list celebrities in Canada as well as international glitterati such as Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, Sir Elton John and Shania Twain.

Bruno frequently appears on local and national television programs, and gives floral demonstrations at Home and Garden shows. He is also a regular contributor to magazines in Australia, Canada and the United States, where his seasonal decor and wedding work are prominently featured.


 Bella Jackson - Floral Fetish

Bella Jackson
Floral Fetish

416.651.7775 | floralfetish.com

Bella Jackson founded her bespoke Floral Fetish design studio in 2003. She curates an avant-garde yet romantic style in floral design through her boutique-sized company, allowing for personalized relationships with corporate and private clients. As with most creatives, inspiration begins with Mother Nature and her seasonal moods, from which Bella weaves lush designs with the most beautiful product. The look is often layered and filled with varying textures, using local and eco-conscious product whenever possible, and is often inflected with bark, branches, moss and other objects found in nature.


 Phyllis Lill & Marilyn Lill - Lilium

Phyllis Lill & Marilyn Lill

416.482.5380 | lilium.ca

Lilium is the creation of the mother-daughter team - Phyllis Lill and Marilyn Lill. Prior to founding Lilium with her daughter, Phyllis successfully ran her own floral design studio in Toronto for six years. She was highly inspired by all aspects of her studies in England at the renowned Constance Spry Flower School and Catherine Muller's incredible Flower School in Paris.

Marilyn spent over three exciting years in the fashion industry in New York before embarking on studying floral design in England, and interning at a well-known flower shop in London. Phyllis and Marilyn use their experiences in European floral design when creating their lush Lilium arrangements for their extensive clientele. They have been featured on local and national television shows such as Canada AM and the Marilyn Denis Show.

Phyllis and Marilyn also share their knowledge and passion for flowers by offering high quality workshops and comprehensive courses at their studio to those eager to learn more about the beautiful world of floristry.


 Rosemary Little Jeffares - Quince Flowers

Rosemary Little Jeffares
Quince Flowers

660 Queen Street East | 416.594.1414 | quinceflowers.com

As a grad student in London, England, Rosemary unearthed her love of all things botanic while moonlighting, cleaning flowers at dawn in a South Kensington flower shop to help pay the rent. Stripping, cutting, and bundling blooms into market bunches and hand tied bouquets, she found her fine arts career re-directed by the romance and peace of working with flowers. That presence still informs the creativity at Quince Flowers which celebrates its 16th anniversary this spring.


 Michael Renaud - Horticultural Design

Michael Renaud
Horticultural Design

1610 Bayview Avenue | 416.488.7716 | horticulturaldesign.com

As one of Canada’s leading floral designers, and founder of Horticultural Design Inc. Canada’s first environmentally friendly garden lifestyle store, Michael Renaud has also had his work featured in film, television, newspapers and magazines, and is a regular contributor to Cityline, House and Home TV, and HGTV.

With a distinguished and dedicated clientele, Michael Renaud is known for creating inspired floral designs of exceptional design and quality, and has had his work featured by the Junior League of Toronto’s Designer Showhouse and other national organizations. A popular instructor at Horticultural Design and guest speaker at Toronto Botanical Gardens. Mr.Renaud also raises money for non profit organizations and both local and international causes.


 Lidia Tacconelli

Lidia Tacconelli
Fiori Floral Inc.

633 St. Clair Avenue West | 416.658.0715 | fiorifloral.com

Lidia Tacconelli has been in the floral design business for 31 yrs. She started doing floral arrangements for Andre Oliver(men’s clothing in Hazelton Lanes), Chez Catherine, Windsor Arms Hotel and Auberge Gavroche. These locations gave Lidia the exposure to some of Fiori's present day customers.

Throughout the years Fiori has evolved into a full event design business with attention to every detail including lighting, linens, furniture rental and room design and layout. Lidia studied Fine Arts at the University of Toronto. She has applied this knowledge to her present day business where she likes to be always challenged with creating new visual designs.



Margaret Taylor
The Garden Club of Toronto

For over 15 years Margaret Taylor’s passion for flowers has led her to exhibit, judge, demonstrate and teach floral design in Canada and abroad. A recipient of many awards, Margaret’s most recent accolades include Canada Blooms’ Founder’s Gold Cup for Best in Show and the Madelaine Weir Foy award for 2013. She has also been awarded Best in Show at the provincial level and has represented Canada at the World Association of Flower Arranger’s triennial show. Margaret is currently a floral design judge accredited by the Garden Clubs of Ontario, a horticultural judge accredited by the Royal Botanical Gardens, and a rose judge accredited by the Canadian Rose Society. Much lauded for her design acumen by the horticultural community, Margaret is a past President of the Garden Club of Toronto and is a Coordinator of Floral Design Studies at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.


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