‘Butteryfly boy’ tribute among locally crafted mannequin displays at Ottawa florist competition

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Local participants hail from Winchester, Finch, Ingleside

OTTAWA — A Finch florist’s flowery tribute to the late Jonathan Pitre stands among the entries in this week’s Fleurs De Villes at Bayshore Shopping Centre.

Kelly Coleman of Sweet Clover Flowers and Gifts in Finch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The winged creation by Kelly Coleman of Sweet Clover Flowers and Gifts (formerly Kelly’s Flowers) is one of three talented entries by Stormont-Dundas florists participating in the decorated mannequin competition.

Kelly Windle of The Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts in Winchester paired with Look Good Feel Better to make an Amazon Warrior. Wanting to represent their female mannequin as fierce and strong, the piece exudes a bold statement of “true girl power” with a combination orchids, protea and air plants.

The owner of the Village Green Flower Shop in Ingleside created a stunning wedding gown on her mannequin “Lily” (named by the previous Montreal florist). Elise Francis paired up with Wedding Bells Magazine at just the right time with wedding season quickly approaching.  To complement its amazing looks, the dress carries the sweet aroma of lilies, hydrangea and mums. One could imagine wearing real flowers on their wedding day.

Village Green Flower Shop proprietor Elise Francis of Ingleside. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Kelly Windle of The Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Coleman’s work, a gorgeous butterfly mannequin, was inspired by local hero Jonathan Pitre of Russell.  Paired with sponsor Debra, Kelly’s colourful display of roses, carnations, delphinium and mums serves as a reminder to be grateful for what one already has.

Coleman, Windle and Francis are among 15 florists from the Ottawa area competing in the event.

The trio invite all local patrons to make their way to the Ottawa venue this weekend to cast vote’s for the “Viewer’s Choice” award — in the hopes it will go to one of the Stormont-Dundas trio.

“It is such a great event to be a part of.  It’s so magical to be able to bring emotions to a person through art and design.  When I look at the warrior Charity and I created I cant help but feel empowered and I hope that others feel that as well.  I love my day job, but this is the icing on the cake for sure!” declares Windle.

This article was edited to make a partial correction to the name of Coleman’s business.


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