Floral Design Show

Be Inspired: floral design show

Thu, June 14, 4 to 8pm; Fri, June 15, 10am to 3pm; Sat, June 16, 10am to 3pm

$15/pp. Free for Gore Place members

Join a celebration of early summer at Gore Place in Waltham with beautiful floral designs in 15 rooms of the magnificent 1806 Gore mansion. The mansion is called “The Monticello of the North” and its lovely rooms inspire local floral designers in this annual event. Visitors vote for their favorite arrangements. Tickets are available at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased by visiting www.be-inspired-gp.bpt.me


This show is open to all floral minded artists, garden club members, horticultural students, gardeners, and professional and novice designers. This is NOT a juried show.


There is no entry fee for this exhibition, however, all submissions are required to be refreshed as needed for the duration of the show (3 days). All work must comply with the guidelines.


To participate, e-mail: scottclarke249@gmail.com or call 781-894-2798 no later than April 1, 2018, with your name and contact information. Spaces are limited. A PDF of the choices and requirements is here: Be Inspired A celebration of floral design


There will be a chance for a People’s Choice Award for all designers. Visitor will vote for their favorite arrangement, and there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  The award, are as follows:


  • 1st Place:  $100.00
  • 2nd Place: $75.00
  • 3rd Place:  $50.00


Please select three choices from the available locations. We cannot guarantee your preferred choices will be assigned to you. You will be notified as to your assignment. Please make sure we have your preferred contact information.


  • Great hall- pedestal, North West wall between windows
  • Great hallpedestal, North  East wall between windows
  • Oval parlorpedestal, adjacent to 1827 piano forte
  • Oval parlorsmall scale, Empire card table with lyre base and playing cards
  • Formal entry1825 Empire pier table with mirrored background and applied brass design with chariot pulled by butterflies
  • Formal entrypedestal, alongside faux marble spiral staircase
  • Dining parlorpedestal, adjacent to 1810 fancy side chair
  • Dining parlorpedestal, oil painting “The Holy Family” after P.P. Reubens
  • Officepedestal, oil painting “The Boston Manufacturing Co”1825 Elijah Smith
  • Breakfast roompedestal, oil painting, Copley 1754 “Daughters of John Gore”
  • Top of spiral stairsQueen Anne dressing table
  • Billiards roomblock front chest c 1790
  • N center bed chambersmall scale, candle stand adjacent to pillar print chintz bed covering
  • NW chamberwindow seat between 1814 silk embroidery showing historical themes
  • SE chamberpedestal, 1795-1800 court suit worn by Christopher Gore
  • East entrywall niche, between two silver candelabra
  • LibraryNorth window sill
  • LibrarySouth window sill
  • Libraryfireplace
  • Mrs. Gore’s dressing room–  pedestal alongside lacquered dressing table
  • Maids roomtop of chest of drawers




Please select three choices from the available locations.  You will be notified as to the location of your design depending on availability.

Please remember at all times you are exhibiting in a museum with works of art, period furnishings and sensitive areas.

You are encouraged to visit the Museum as many times as is necessary to plan your arrangement.

Suggestions to consider:

    • An arrangement should express the essence or spirit of the selected location and should be in scale with its surroundings.
    • Consider the elements of design- color, texture, shape, size, line, pattern, light, space in the surroundings and plant materials you choose.
    • Organize components according to the principles of design- balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, dominance and scale.


  • Pedestals will be placed in the museum by staff and may not be moved.  Each location has been approved by the Collections Manager.
  • The use of fresh plant material is required.  Silk, plastic or any artificial materials are not permitted.  Limited use of dried material and potted plants may be accepted with prior approval.
  • Containers must be watertight. Any leaking containers will be removed without notice.
  • A brief statement of intent is encouraged. Statement of intent should clarify the interpretation of the arranger to the visitor. Please submit to Scott Clarke:  scottclarke249@gmail.com. Business cards or appropriate business advertising is encouraged.
  • Photography must comply with established protocol.
  • You are encouraged to complete (or almost complete) arrangements before they are placed in designated exhibit location. Arranging in place may be allowed with prior approval.