Ode to the Oscars: If They Were Flowers Botanical Stars Shine on the First Annual ‘Conservatory Awards’ Red Carpet…

March 8th, 2010 § 9 comments

Dress by Agapanthus, ‘Lily of the Nile’ © Michaela TGE

As worn by ethereal Rachel McAdams © Steve Gratnitz/Wireimage via Yahoo.com

The great Bard Shakespeare once wrote that “all the world’s a stage”. Well, the thought certainly crossed my mind today as I worked, surrounded by hundreds of surreal beauties inhabiting a small greenhouse temporarily under my care. Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was attended by some of the most beautifully dressed women in the world, yet none more spectacular than the least of the lovely ladies I encountered in the conservatory today.

So as the watering wand drifted from delicate bud to flamboyant blossom, my inner paparazzo got the best of me. Snap. Snap. Snap. At each and every turn I spotted a starlet resembling one I remembered from the night before. Look there’s Demi’s dress! Oh my God, that must be Helen Mirren’s silver gown. Aisle after aisle, it was a breathless whirlwind of divas and ingenues; with diamond dewdrops-a-sparkling and heady perfume filling the air. What a rush. Best dressed? Why, I simply can not decide. They are all beauties to my eye. So you be the judge. Who is the winner here? And who did I miss as I spun my star-struck head this way and that?

Dress by Pelargonium filifolium © Michaela TGE

As worn by delicate beauty Zoe Kravitz © Steve Granitz/Wireimage via Yahoo.com

Dress by Fuchsia ‘Angel’s Kiss’ © Michaela TGE

As worn by the stunning Queen Latifa © Steve Granitz/Wireimage via Yahoo.com

Silvery dress by Kalachoe pumila © Michaela TGE

As worn by elegant Helen Mirren © Jason Merritt/ Getty via Yahoo.com

Gorgeous ruffled gown by Begonia panasoffkee © Michaela TGE

As worn by ever fabulous Demi Moore © John Shearer/Getty Images via Yahoo.com

Dress by Impatiens namchabarwensis © Michaela TGE

As worn by alluring Mo’Nique © Kevin Mazur/Wireimage via Yahoo.com

Dress by Amaryllis ‘Ema’s Grans’ © Michaela TGE

As worn by radiant Jane Seymour © Frazer Harrison/Getty via Yahoo.com

Dress by Streptocarpus ‘Black panther’ © Michaela TGE

As worn by the mysterious Kristin Stewart © Steve Grantiz/Wireimage via Yahoo.com

Dress by Phalenopsis, The Moth Orchid © Michaela TGE

As worn by the exquisite Meryl Streep © Jason Merritt/Getty Images via Yahoo.com

Dress by Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’ image via White Flower Farm

As worn by ravishing Penelope Cruz © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via Yahoo.com

Dress, (detail), by Begonia parviflora © Michaela TGE

As worn by triumphant beauty Sandra Bullock © Jason Merritt/Getty Images via Yahoo.com

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§ 9 Responses to Ode to the Oscars: If They Were Flowers Botanical Stars Shine on the First Annual ‘Conservatory Awards’ Red Carpet…"

  • Victoria says:

    Meryl Streep = just gorgeous.

    Sandra Bullock = divine.

    I liked Cameron Diaz’s dress too. So silvery and feminine.

    What a post!

  • Michaela says:

    Hello Victoria ! Yes, I did get a little carried away, didn’t I? I seem to have an over-active imagination…
    I have Cameron’s photo here on my desktop, and I completely agree with you. She is one of the three I left out, (seeking botanical matches). I honestly couldn’t find anything like her dress in the greenhouse. Perhaps Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, (Eryngium giganteus)? I do not have a photo. I think her dress needs a frost coated flower, or an ice-crystal encrusted seed pod. She looked like an honest-to-God movie star, didn’t she? Gorgeous woman.

    xo Michaela

  • Laurrie says:

    This was so creative. At first I thought it’s a stretch to compare flowers to the dresses, but each one was right on…. the bloom really was the gown and the gown really was the essence of that blossom! They’re all hothouse creations, the plants and the movie stars, and this just showed you can’t even separate which is which.

  • nwfoodette says:

    What a great concept. Really enjoyed this post!

  • such a wonderfully fun + lovely post! adore how you matched the gowns with the blossoms + hope you’re having a great week,
    xo

  • Michaela says:

    Thank you ladies ♡
    Flowers and fashion? Is there anything more distracting? Oh my wandering mind. Thanks for stopping by to see the first annual ‘Conservatory Awards’
    xo Michaela

  • MAC says:

    Beautiful! Simply Beautiful! Wonderful post. So creative.

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