One more thing about the Flower Show: it’s part exhibition, part competition. And it’s gets very competitive. A section of the Convention Center floor was devoted to various smaller-scale plant life competitions, all related to the theme of Hollywood. For example, there was a row of “jewelry” made out of plant life, and the jewelry was supposed to be inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s style. As you might expect for a show of this size, the submissions were elaborate and impressive. It all looked like real jewelry to me and was all worthy of praise.
The judges, whose comments were printed above each entry, seemed to have felt differently.
Here are some of the judges’ comments for the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry competition:
“Admirable intricate, well-interpreted design; unfortunately, visibility of cotton stringing violates rules that mechanics must not show and that manufactured materials are not permitted.”
“Length of entire drop creates imbalance and weight allows wire to show.”
“Questionable connection to class theme.”
“Distinction affected by inconsistent metal texture on leaves.”
Then there was a competition to create a flower display inspired by a Bollywood movie poster. The judges, even for winning entries, remained basically unmoved:
“Top curly willow out of scale.”
“Static placement of components creates imbalances.”
“Lotus leaves dominate the design.”
Some of my favorite comments came on the diorama competition, in which participants created intricate dioramas inspired by movies.
The judge of the diorama of Little Shop of Horrors had this to say about the entry:
“Ineffective sight line.”
And regarding a scene from Lady and the Tramp:
“A whimsical ‘take.’ Minor scratch-built details could be improved.”
[I’m not sure if putting “take” in quotation marks indicates criticism or praise.]
Regarding a diorama of a scene from The Wizard of Oz, one judge went the nonsensical criticism route:
“Willingly palpable energy.”
And my favorite comment of the event, regarding a scene from Sleeping Beauty:
“A well-crafted juxtaposition of good and evil. More menacing plant material would enhance the evil.”
And now, let us all go forth and enhance the evil with more menacing plant material, shall we?