Barber takes four at flower show
Quononoquott Garden Club member and Jamestown artist, Jillian Barber, came away with four awards from last weekend's Newport Flower Show, "Sea Fever: A Salute to the Tall Ships." The three-day event was held at Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue Avenue.
Barber won a blue ribbon for her horticultural entry and another for her Class 8 exhibit, "The Vagrant Gypsy Life." Barber also won the Judges' Commendation and the New Exhibitor's award.
A gypsy shawl, which she decorated with dried plant material, was worn by a mannequin dressed to interpret the "Vagrant Gypsy Life," a theme found in John Masefield's 1902 poem, "Sea Fever." The poem asks the question "wouldn't we all want to set sail to wherever the wind blows us?"
One judge commented on Barber's shawl, "This is an extraordinary masterpiece of textural design." The design on the shawl was fashioned with many dried flowers including achillea, allium, eucalyptus, yarrow, flowering dogwood and other materials from Jamestown backyards.
Barber's horticultural blue ribbon was given in the "Lonely Sea and Sky Division" for the container garden she created using an air scoop from a Norwegian Freighter. She filled the scoop with foliage plants of greens and blues to simulate ocean colors.