HARPERS FERRY – Continuing a project from last year, members of the Shenandoah Garden Club were divided into four teams – each was assigned a painting to be performed in a flower arrangement. Team No. 2 consisted of club members Lou Cox, Pat Magnone, Mary O’Hara and Jennifer Privee. They chose to interpret a painting by the English artist David Inshaw entitled “The Badminton Game”. Their presentation was made at the February meeting.
Inshaw painted The Badminton Game in 1973 when he was 30 years old. He lived in Devizas in Wiltshire (England), where he was inspired to paint this landscape. This work, the first of his works to be acclaimed by the public, remains his most famous achievement.
Many of the greens used in this rendition were cut from team members’ home gardens. The fresh flowers used were purchased from Flowers Unlimited in Martinsburg.
A written explanation of the team’s floral choices and rationale was provided: “As we looked at this painting, the varied textures of the prominent trees and shrubs, the very angular building and hedge, seemed to dominate the scene. We agree with the artist, David, that this is a mysterious place. Then our eyes are drawn to the action on the badminton court. We suddenly see the two slender women, illuminated as they play gracefully, casting long shadows in the early morning light.
“Our arrangement echoes the multiple textures and austere, manicured English garden and ivy-covered mansion. We used blue spruce and an assortment of white pine and cedar for these structures. A favorite, Eryngium thistle, also provides an interesting texture. There is a box hedge in the foreground.
“The aquamarine sky, thin, flowing cirrus clouds and a faint moon provide background and color above the dark central trees. We interpreted them using blue delphiniums and rice flowers.
“Like painting, the game of badminton is something very distinct from the angles and weight of trees and shrubs. We have created a floral arrangement to suggest a flowing, moving point of interest in the foreground as the garden looks on the badminton game. We know this game is frozen in time, the shuttlecock in the air. The playing field has boundaries made of tape covering it to remind the badminton net. We used foam as surface of the pitch, adding Burg Plumosia and Kangaroo Paw to echo the game and elegance of the players.