Floral arranging at the Ritz

One hundred and sixty five garden enthusiasts turned out recently to learn the art of floral arranging at the Ritz-Carlton.

The event, hosted by the Garden Club of Grand Cayman as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, featured the renowned Frank Laning

Mr. Laning, who has designed flower arrangements for three presidential inaugurations and was the personal florist to President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, now lends his talents to the Ritz-Carlton as in-house floral arranger.

At the event Mr. Laning presented a number of floral arrangements. One elaborate lily bouquet was won by Garden Club member Glenys James.

After his demonstrations, he was presented with an Honorary Anniversary Membership of the club.

Ritz-Carlton General Manager Jean Cohen also received honorary membership for outstanding artistry in using local and tropical flora to maintain a Caribbean character in the themes, paintings and floral styling of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Garden Club president Lois Blumenthal said the demonstration was a huge success. ‘The day presented an opportunity for club members to learn more, get better results with their own floral arrangements and an opportunity for new members to join the club,’ she said.

The Garden Club produces a yearly flower show as well as other landscaping and beautification projects for the community.

The latest and largest project this year is the landscaping of the Seafarer’s Hall, Prospect, using trees that were used in shipbuilding, as well as other native trees and plants.