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It’s Almost Show Time!

It is a cold, snowy, blustery day here today. The birds are huddling around the feeders and I see snowmobilers scooting across the trail down in back.

Before I know it the family and I will be packing up the trailer and heading to Philadelphia for the Flower Show. Can’t wait. The colors, the creativity, the happy thoughts of spring and the smell of fresh dirt and mulch. From the PHS website “Holland: Flowering the World will showcase the extraordinary plants, creativity and talent of this region’s top horticulturists and designers along with award winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands.

The Flower Show is a top destination and “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829.

From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the 2017 Flower Show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands.”

Count me in. My design for this year’s theme features the Hedges & Hares team happily pedaling alongside a canal with an Amsterdam-ish hedge of row houses in the background. A sweet narrative available on a variety of items to take along as souvenirs/gifts from the show. The new design will be available online as well. For more information on attending the show click here. I’ll be set up in the Marketplace- Booth Z-1002.  Hope to see you there!




CountryLiving FAIR here we come!

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Michelle Masters Topiary Art is so excited to be showing in the CountryLiving Fair in Rhinebeck, New York this year! What a thrill! The Fair is June 5-7.  I have heard that it is a must see show. If you are in the area you have to put it on your to-do list!

Stay tuned for new products and designs as we prepare for the show!

You can buy your tickets HERE.




Poodle Club National Specialty Show

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Are you a “poodle person”? My in-laws have always had standard poodles. They make wonderful farm dogs… who knew!

My friend Jane Hellman from PUDELZ.com will be set up at the Poodle Club of America’s 83rd National Specialty show in Salisbury, MD starting this weekend.

IMG_1214Jane has everything that you can imagine that is poodle related… including these lovely cards by yours truly. : ) She will have a nice assortment of my cards including the Topiary Poodle, Holiday poodles and Oodles of Poodles on the topiary couch. Stop in, see her and find your perfect poodle themed gifts.

Can’t make it to the show? You can order all of my poodle designs on various gifts right here!




Highlights from the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

IMG_1002Lights, Camera, Bloom! The theme this year was Celebrating the Movies and well, the world’s #1 event did not disappoint. The partnership of PHS with Disney/Pixar produced quite a spectacle with a lot of WOW factor. I was very happy to see so many young families walking through the show… starting the tradition. Many customers that I spoke with had grown up attending the show and this year had brought along their own children.

Now, the whole princess thing can be a bit much I know and I was concerned when I heard all of the movies represented were Disney… but the displays were so creative, sophisicated and artful.

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IMG_1009Cinderella’s Banquet Table  IMG_1011Loved the colors in the Alladin themed design

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Cinderella’s Glass Slipper is back there under the glass dome…

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I thought the interpretation of the Disney Princesses was so creative! Above is Merida from Brave…

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Pochantas

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Ariel

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Loved this take on Rapunzel!

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A little Remey’s Bistro from Rataoullie

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Enjoyed Burke Brothers design… they incorporated real chickens who where quite a hit.

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This garden was my favorite, I think. The Mulan inspired garden.

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It was sublime.

IMG_1052  IMG_1054Loved the ceramic fish swimming above the pond and in and out of the irises.

IMG_1055  IMG_1057How gorgeous is that?! Can’t I do something like this on my deck?

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Mustn’t forget Never Never Land and the Lost Boys.

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Do you see Hook’s hat? Tinkerbell was in there too!

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Lots of orchids.

IMG_1063This design was so creative and the photos won’t do it justice. Imagine that the rope line in the photo is the line from a boat with an anchor at the other end. The vertical beams are a dock and we have an underwater view with the fish swimming by. Clever, right? J Downend Landscaping did the design based on the movie Nemo.

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Do you see the fishing boat at the top with the oar?

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A Winnie-the-Pooh inspired landscape. Very sweet. Made me think of the Bean.

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This landscape was based on the original Parent Trap movie. Loved that film.

11037879_10203988189160505_5396313622474975104_nAnd my MOST favorite highlight of the 2015 Flower Show was working with my two favorite girls- Junebug and Lala. Three generations of gardeners… what a joy!




Additional Goodies for Flower Show Booth

I always enjoy finding charming objects that compliment my artwork to offer my customers.

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2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Design

 

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What a fun theme to work with this year… Celebrate the Movies! The hares from Hedges & Hares are dressed up in their favortie costumes and ready to celebrate topiary and the movies at the Hollywood Hedge Theater! We even incorporated the Flower Show poster into the design. What fun. This design will be available on notecards, marble coasters and other goodies as a whimsical keepsake from the show. If you are attending the show be sure to stop in and say hi to Junebug and me in booth Z-1002!

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2014 Jr League Holiday Shoppes

 

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Getting ready to load my trailer for the show! What a busy time of year. I do enjoy kicking off the Holidays at this show. It is usually where I hear my first Christmas music for the season. It always makes me want to come home and pull out my Holiday piano music and start playing!

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I will have lots of topiary themed gifts for the people on your list. The monogrammed guest towels are perfect hostess gift as well as gifts for garden club members.

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I love “the Fundaments” topiary design for elementary school teachers. The design comes in blank notecards, lavender sachets as well as 8 x 10 matted/framed prints. Too sweet!

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My newest Hedges & Hares topiary design “Book Club” would make a charming gift for your book club members… a set of notecards or a bookmark.

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Don’t forget, linen hemstitched lavender sachets and blank notecard sets make lovely stocking stuffers for the dog lover in the family. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite dog stretched out on a hedgey topiary piece of furniture for a unique and whimsical garden portrait?

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New Work for Clothesline Festival

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Oil Landscape on canvas paper

I’m looking forward to exhibiting at the M&T Clothesline Festival in Rochester, New York again this year! It is one of my favorite shows!

I hope to bring some of the sketches and small oils shown here to the show. There will be framing in my future. : ) It’s so nice to be up in the studio… finally! Finishing up some custom work and going on to new things. Yay. Stay tuned and hope to see you at the festival Sept. 6th & 7th!

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Graphite Drawings

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Oil on Canvas Paper

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Ceramic Pendants!

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Some of you may know that I really enjoy ceramics- making, touching, throwing. I think its an “earth/soil” kind of thing, you know… toiling, digging, planting, making mud-pies, composting. Seriously! There is something about that connection to the earth that is joyous, playful, fulfilling and meditative.

Where was I? Oh yes, during my play with clay these ceramic pendants have come to the surface. I experimented with making them last fall and loved giving them as Christmas presents!

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I will have a limited number of these little darlings to sell at the Flower Show along with the neck cuffs. I’m thrilled with the way they came out! Some of the designs are flowers made from pressed almonds and pressed rosemary. Others are burlap textures with plants incorporated into the design. I even have a couple of little topiaries featured to tie it all together. Hope you likey. They make a beautiful, artful statement!

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ARTiculture! Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

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What a theme to work with! Where do you start… where does it end? ARTiculture. The fusion of ART and HORTICULTURE. A fun concept to work with- but rather challenging to encompass.

My design went through many revisions. I wanted it to be fun, colorful, current, yet historical and relevant to Philadelphia and the Flower Show. There are numerous Art and Garden references. Can you find them? I’ll post the nods at the bottom.

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I love the little guy in the gallery of the garden who is viewing the flower series. A Surrealist exhibit is currently being featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and it seemed only fitting to add a melting clock to this fantasy garden full of sculpture, art and topiary. I had hoped to sneak a de Chirico train in the distance but there had to be some restraint… believe it or not!

Did you find the art references? Here is the list:

There are also historical garden references…

Every year we stay with friends in Kennett Square during set-up for the show. They live a half of a mile down the street from Longwood Gardens. For years I have driven by the gate on my way to work in Philly. This summer I finally had the opportunity to go! It was amazing. The topiary garden was more than I could stand! The conservatory, views, orchids- were completely overwhelming. I really couldn’t take it all in. A second visit is in order. : )

Come to the Philadelphia Flower Show! It is a blast and a welcome relief to the winter. I’ll be there in booth Z-1002. Stop in and say hi! For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 




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Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.

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