Seasons Set the Mood for Horticultural Gala

Designers cooked up a crop of different looks to match the four-seasons theme, interpreting a single season or combining many.

April 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT

Verde Custom Flowers’ playful summer setting—a field of wheatgrass dotted with artist Leon Joosen’s paper butterflies—contrasted with the sleek feel of the table’s black furniture.

You can’t blame global warming for the mixture of spring, summer, autumn, and winter inside Guastavino’s last Tuesday, April 17. Thirty-three designers interpreted the four seasons, this year’s theme for the Horticultural Society of New York’s Flowers & Design fund-raiser. While some tables referred to only one part of the year, others married aspects of all four.

Utilizing color, patterns, and seasonally indicative plants (as well as a sense of vitality), designers not only created pretty settings but also presented an assortment of useful ideas for centerpieces, place cards, chairs, and napkins. Maureen Ferry, the society’s director of special events, oversaw the event and worked with design chair Chris Giftos (the former events chief of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), who supervised the designs. The night’s honorees included Giftos, lauded for his 40-plus years of work, as well as interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper and benefactors Harvey and Constance Krueger. While gazing upon the various designs, guests dined on Guastavino's menu of grilled vegetable terrine with pesto and goat cheese, followed by herb-crusted rack of lamb served with a truffle mascarpone polenta cake. The event grossed $350,000 for the organization.

Mark Mavrigian

Posted 04.25.07

Photos: Marina Fragoso Senra for BizBash

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