Saturday, May 9, 2009

Behind the Scenes at the Coronado Flower Festival

Bright Rose Trio
10X10 Oil
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Available from The Good Art Company

After my show at Art and Frames by Wood Gallery in April on Coronado Island, California, Carlos and I paid a visit to the Coronado Flower Show in Spreckles Park. We got there super early, in time to see some of the contestants just lining up for the judges.

This was just the class four bunch. Look at all those plump petals and bright green tiaras. Have you ever seen such ravishing ladies? That big pink one on the right kept sticking her thorns into the petite yellow beauty next to her. I think it was on purpose, too.

The ladies were all jostling for their turn on the runway. Here is the staging area, where they will all rest their stems as the judges gaze upon their loveliness.

Some of the outfits were a bit over the top, but what do you expect at such a high brow occasion? This one was wearing Valentino, to be sure.

Can you imagine being born with genes like this without having to even try? This orange beauty wasn't even a competitor! She was sitting idly on a bush by the stage, a regular observer just like you or me.

This was the Queen Lateefah of roses, she measured almost 12 inches in diameter and every inch of her was glorious. There was no doubt she had been taking Miracle Gro at some point in her budding career. I wonder if the judges did any testing for substances beforehand?

We spent most of the morning snapping pictures, careful not to touch any of the contestants or smudge their shiny leaves. I could have stayed all day, if some gentleman in a green apron hadn't booted us out after discovering we were not judges or jurors.

Turns out the show wasn't open to the public until 11 am! Oopsie! So there it is, the scoop for you, from behind the scenes. Here are some videos of another part of the show, the homefront winners - Video of the home front winners. Enjoy!

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