Low Flyer: Low Profile Design

Design October 6, 2017

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Lynn MacFarland demonstrated the new NGC Advanced Design, Low-Profile Design, a three-dimensional design incorporating three (3) or more design techniques.

From the Flower Show Handbook 2017:

1. Completed design must be at least four (4) times long and/or wide as it is high.

2. Design to be viewed and judged from above.

The first design used Steven Brown's structure for tunneling shown at OFAD. She used tunneling, graduation of color and size with amaranth, wandering jew and morning glory, and layering of lamb's ear to lessen the amount of white. Unfortunately, she forgot to take a picture. This large structure was raised on 2 wooden blocks so it's height was about that of a coffee table. Below is a picture of Steven's design at OFAD with a detail of tunneling.

Steven Brown        Tunneling

vertical stackingThe second designed transitioned from layering to leafwork with lamb's year and loquat. Vertical stacking of California bay leaves created zones for carnations that were clustered.

Carrots created a skewered structure to support spiraled Fatshedera lizei and bundled mini carnations. Carrots inspired by FAB

Hydrangea create natural pillows. The hydrangea on the left are fenced in by an open palisade. Rolled Aspidistra elatior creates a smooth transition to the other Hydrangea with smaller petals. Another aspidistra is rolled and twisted to create a connector to Hydrangea in a closed palisade of birch.

natural pillowing     natural pillowing


Pillowing or tufting of moss and zoning the plant material creates colorful mosaic with horizontally stacked thistle. Horizontal stacking and pillowing


The next design uses a birch structure to support a web of yarn used a a transparency. Hypericum were sewn onto Fatshedera lizei which also was sewn to manipulate the leaf to be smaller and to have folds giving depth and movement. Fatsia and Acuba leaves are under the transparency and a string of hypericum are above connecting the sewn leaves.



The program concluded with Low Flyer, her husband's army nickname for crawling on belly. The design mirrors plant material and design. Birch creates terracing down to clustered carnations with manipulated New Zealand flax.



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