March 08, 2015

Iron Florist at St. Louis Art Museum

The first annual Iron Florist competition, part of the annual Art In Bloom event, was held at the St. Louis Art Museum March 7. The event consisted of three teams, a celebrity & florist paired together in each, that had 40 minutes to put together a floral arrangement interpreting a mystery painting in the Museum’s collection, using the materials given. The three celebrities that took part were Heidi Glaus (of KSDK), Laura Kathleen (of Project Runway), and Aisha Sultan (of STLPD). The three florists that took part were Daniel Whitehurst (of LaSalle Wholesale Florist), Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel (of Wildflowers), and Michael Schrader (floral director for Schnucks). Heidi & Daniel were awarded first place, second runners up were Aisha & Michael, and third runners up were Laura & Rhonda. The judges were Tony Montano (of Buds), Trisha Haislar (of Elegant Celebrations), and Melissa Wolfe (Museum’s curator of American Art). The event was hosted by Keith McDonnell & Dean Riebeling, from Botanicals Design Studio.

Photos by Abby Gillardi for the Riverfront Times.

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Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel and Laura Kathleen took third place at the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel and Laura Kathleen took third place at the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Keith McDonnell & Dean Riebeling, hosts of the first annual Iron Florist at St. Louis Art Museum.
Keith McDonnell & Dean Riebeling, hosts of the first annual Iron Florist at St. Louis Art Museum.
The first annual Iron Florist, sponsored by Brown Shoe Company, took place March 7 at the St. Louis Art Museum.
The first annual Iron Florist, sponsored by Brown Shoe Company, took place March 7 at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Keith & Dean introducing the celebrity contestants for the Iron Florist, which included Laura Kathleen, Heidi Glaus and Aisha Sultan.
Keith & Dean introducing the celebrity contestants for the Iron Florist, which included Laura Kathleen, Heidi Glaus and Aisha Sultan.
Keith McDonnell, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Keith McDonnell, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Dean Riebeling, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Dean Riebeling, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Heidi Glaus & Daniel Whitehurst teamed up to compete in the Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Heidi Glaus & Daniel Whitehurst teamed up to compete in the Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Dean Riebeling, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Dean Riebeling, one of the hosts of the first annual Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Aisha Sultan was paired with Michael Schrader to compete in the Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Aisha Sultan was paired with Michael Schrader to compete in the Iron Florist event at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Michael Schrader and Aisha Sultan beginning to work on their floral arrangement at the Iron Florist event at St. Louis Art Museum.
Michael Schrader and Aisha Sultan beginning to work on their floral arrangement at the Iron Florist event at St. Louis Art Museum.