Joyce Dean, of Redlands, California, was awarded the California Garden Clubs' Flower Arranger of the Year Award for an arragement of lilies, according to the Press-Enterprise.
Dean submitted the arrangement to the Inland Region Iris Society's show in San Bernardino. She told the news source the award came as a surprise. "I was shocked and amazed to win this award. It was the furthest though from my mind and quite an honor."
The California Garden Clubs and Plant Societies is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1931. It offers educational programs and resources to encourage gardening, floral design and more to over 20,000 members.
Dean told the source that she was inspired by arrangements she saw at various flower shows. She is particularly fond of bouquets that feature African violets, dahlias, orchids, cactus and succulent plants. She went on to say that she is rewarded by the happiness flowers bring to many people.
Lilies are a much-loved flower in the United States. According to a survey conducted by the North American Lily Society, the three most popular varieties of lily in 2008 were Conc D' Or, Anastasia and Iowa Rose.
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