The Shreveport Garden Study Club, a member of the Garden Clubs of America, will host its biennial floral design symposium, “Bouquets”, beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Admission to the event is $75, with limited seating. This year’s speaker will be the highly entertaining Bruno Duarte.

The Garden Shop opens at 10 a.m. with the Demonstration starting at 11 a.m. Coffee, as well as a Mimosa or Bloody Mary cash bar, will be served and continues with Bruno demonstrating the construction of eight to ten arrangements, ending with a light lunch following his presentation. There will be a raffle of items donated by local merchants, as well as a way to purchase Bruno’s arrangements.

From the mountains to the markets, Bruno grew up surrounded by flowers on his family’s farm in Madeira. This island paradise off the coast of Morocco is known as the floating garden and is home to rare species of flowers from around the world. It’s here where Bruno’s passion for orchids and all things floral began.

Much like his Belgian contemporaries, Bruno’s approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.

His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and A-list celebrities in Canada as well as international glitterati like Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle and Elton John.

When Bruno’s not in his studio he can be found designing in front of a live audience. He frequently appears on local and national television programs, and gives floral demonstrations at Home and Garden Shows. He is also a regular contributor to magazines where his seasonal décor and wedding work are prominently featured.

Now is your chance to see Bruno in action. To obtain tickets, mail your check, made out to Shreveport Garden Study Club, to 924 Oneonta, Shreveport, LA 71106. Please include your name, address, and phone number, as well as, the number of tickets requested. For more ticket information, email Judy Chidlow at jchidlow@gmail.com.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the projects of the Shreveport Garden Study Club, a member club of The Garden Clubs of America. One of the main projects of the SGSC is the restoration and maintenance of The Greenwood Cemetery including the new Educational Pavilion, pond, and fountain as well as student field trips to study this historic cemetery. The Shreveport Garden Study Club is a 501(C)(3) organization.

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