To celebrate Black History Month, Tony used his creative talents to pair floral designs with African American spirituals. As Africanized Christianity took hold of the slave population, spirituals served as a way to express the community’s new faith, as well as its sorrows and hopes.
Tony told the story of each spiritual as the inspiration for his design and we listened to the songs while he unveiled the arrangements.
Cattails and Spanish moss symbolized the river for Wade In The Water; tilting bricks illustrated Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho; and lights represented lanterns on the way to freedom. Tony presented an incredibly creative and thoughtful program, respectful of America’s history and where we stand today.
February 11, 2022 at Houston Federation of Garden Clubs; photos by Tricia Bradbury and Viviane Tondeur