Philly Recap: Disney Florals

Over Spring Break I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show-- and it was just as amazing as I had heard. This year the theme was movies, with specific emphasis on Disney! Today I'm doing a photo dump of all the Disney-themed florals at the show! I am a Disney dork so I was really excited to see the films reinterpreted as floral displays. I'm kind of a sucker for flowers, too, so this was a dream come true.

Naturally with the new live-action Cinderella coming out, Cinderella got a massive display. Side note: I'm wondering how Disney plans on managing so many doubles of titles. Right now it's Cinderella, and upcoming plans for Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo. They've done it before with lesser known titles, but the princess films are ubiquitous! Even at least Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland involved a new story. I'm curious as to how it handles all this.

Here's some more details of the Cinderella display.

And there's the centerpiece, the glass slipper!

This is part of the animated Cinderella display. I wasn't able to capture the whole thing due to the crowds, but it also included a staircase made of flowers and a slipper left on it.

The Aladdin display, which obviously was more of a Jasmine display since this part of the showcase was all about Disney Princesses, featured a magic carpet made of flowers!

If you could change yer fate, wouldyeh? This is the Brave display featuring Merida's signature color and archery motifs! The decision not to include a bear or embroidery-themed elements makes me a little sad though. I wonder if the artist watched the movie, or if the thought no one else did. Brave is a super underrated movie by the way. Go watch it, and go into it for the mother-daughter tale. It was really heavily marketed as like, a Celtic Mulan or something, and I think it lead to a lot of audience criticism because of the unmet expectations.

This is a Snow White display! It has seven hanging wreaths which I think symbolize the dwarves. There's the poison apple in the middle and I think the long apparatus is representative of Snow White herself when she is put in the case/tomb/glass casket thing. It's a really interesting interpretation, attaching the beaded lengths  to create cones reminiscent of the dwarves hats. I also like the use of negative space and floating-- what's more magical than floating flowers?

The Beauty and the Beast display is another great interpretation of the work. Books are a key element in the story, with Belle being a bookish girl which makes her "weird" and the beast/Prince Adam gives Belle a library in what was the pinnacle of romantic gestures throughout my childhood. the vines and wildness of some of the features represents the rundown castle and the untamedness of the beast's emotions. The rose in the center is of course the magic rose that bears the curse set upon the castle.

This display is all about Tiana from The Princess and the Frog-- another underrated Disney film! It's set in New Orleans and the surrounding Bayou. The art in this film makes a point of showing how beautiful a swamp can be, and I think this display really nails that idea. I wish I knew what the black panel was depicting-- I couldn't figure it out exactly, but shadows are an important motif in the film, and I think it also adds dimension.

Frozen was a massive blockbuster and unlocked a level of merchandising yet unknown to the world (which I'm actually kinda salty about because Princess and the Frog, Wreck It Ralph, and Lilo and Stitch were all better) so of course there was an immense Frozen display. It's not totally undeserved though, as the short Frozen Fever accompanied the new Cinderella in theaters, a Frozen Broadway-musical is in the works, and a Frozen 2 has been announced.

This is the Mulan display! For this one they incorporated more elements of Eastern floral design, using balance between grouping and lines.

This one's not actually Disney, but it was part of the Flower Show's Disney + Movies theme, and this interpretation of the Wizard of Oz was too good to pass up.

At the Flower Show you could even buy movie-inspired bouquets to arrange on your own!

Maybe I'll do a movie inspired floral arrangement some time. I had tons of fun at the Flower Show, and there are more pictures to come!

What were your favorite displays? Which movie would you like to honor in flower-form?


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