Inspired by the Emmy Award-winning TV show "Downton Abbey," a drama set during the early 1900s in
"It way exceeded our expectations," said Art 'N Bloom Chair
Fifteen arrangements were displayed throughout the the main floor of the four-story castle. Participants had to use fresh materials and only one accessory for the creation.
"We both like supporting local farms and produce and it reminded us of the local organic eating movement," said Comerford.
The pair used dill, rosemary, basil, parsley and mint to portray the farm and white roses for the pigs, using sunflower seeds for their noses. This was the first time the two had created a floral arrangement.
"We enjoyed it and would definitely do it again," said Roth. "It was a fun project and a fun way to support the museum."
Her arrangement included hydrangea, gerbera daisy, delphinium, palm and button mum, which she used for earrings and a necklace on the display.
Also on display at the Art 'N Bloom event were old dressed that had been donated for the event and could be viewed on the bottom floor of the 15,000 feet castle.
A black silk dress donated by
Hammett said the dress embellished with rhinestones, pearls and medallions dates back to the 1920s and was given to her by an aunt in 1960. She said she had only worn the dress once to her husband's law school masquerade party at
"We're blessed that they picked our place," said
Liechty said that the 12-year-old castle has hosted several weddings and community and fundraising events in the last several years.
"It's a shame to use this just as a private home," Liechty said. "It's gotta be shared with the community. We want to share our house with the community."
In the upcoming months the Liechtys plan to incorporate a day spa at the mansion that will only be open to those with a private membership.
Greer said she is pleased with the turnout at the event due to positive feedback the event may even be back at
She commended all of this year's participants on their creativity and hard work.
"A lot of people had been intimidated to do it in the past because so many had been in competitive events for so long, but this year people are starting to realize that it's not like that, and we had an influx of younger women coming in and learning from older women who have have done competitions in the past," said Greer. "To draw that kind of crowd into the museum means that their kids will follow and so on. The ladies that have been doing this for a while have been so willing to help the young ones. It was an overall good experience for everyone and doing so for a good cause makes it more worth it."
The Art 'N Bloom event this year also served as a benefit luncheon for the
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