Join John Sundling, Artist, Designer, plant enthusiast and Owner of Plant Office in Portland, Maine for an afternoon floral workshop. Learn the art of floral arranging by combining seasonal flowers sourced from local farms with branches, plants and flowers foraged on the Tarbox property. Take a walk through the wooded pines down to the salt marsh and gather native botanicals to build your wild bouquet. Back at the Inn, fresh local flowers will join our found treasures as we compose blossoms and arrange stems in to beautiful take-home arrangements. In addition, participants will receive a photograph of their work. Experience the magic of early evening on the coast of Maine, wrapped in the scent and wonder of flowers. Beverages and light fare will be provided.
Tickets: $90 or 2 for $75
About John Sundling
I’m as surprised as anyone to end up a florist, though it is just the latest medium in a life full of art and design. My professional life began in set design for theatre, working in Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, New Haven, Maine, and beyond. This is where my love of collaboration comes from.
In an attempt to realign myself and my practice, we moved to Maine in 2010. Soon after I was washing buckets at a flower shop, and about the same time found myself in the woods creating my first art installations. I struggled for a long time with my identity: am I an artist? Florist? Designer? But as the years have passed I realize that I am only myself, and that I love all these things equally, and that my advantage is being able to combine these together.
My other pride-and-joy is Institute for American Art, an itinerant art museum-style project that I run with my husband, Chris Stiegler.
John’s floral installations enrich the spaces of award winning restaurants in Portland, ME including Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s, The Honey Paw, Drifter’s Wife and Cong Tu Bot. Visit his new plant shop at 17 Marion St, Portland, ME 04101. Follow @plant.office | plantoffice.net