This is the shield of Yale’s new Jackson School of Global Affairs established by the generous gift of John and Susan Jackson. It is the launch pad for intentional design of floral arrangements to welcome the Jackson family to New Haven for the dedication of the new School that they made possible. My design process began with the palette of the School Shield; yellow, white and blue. For me, the colors represent air (white), Fire (yellow) and Water (blue).
The flowers, sourced from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas, represent the global reach of the School. The Coxcombs (brains) and Craspedia (satellites) represent intellectual engagement and the gathering and dispersement of global knowledge and initiatives. Agapanthus, Gentian, Delphiniums, Kangaroo Paws, Sweet Peas, Damask Roses, Veronica, Gold Thread Cypress, Calla Lilies complete the recipe. Big Ideas packed into a modest scale, proportionate to modest accommodations.
The floral arrangement, visible upon entering the hotel suite, is a welcoming, intimate, knowing gesture of appreciation that sets the tone of two days marking the culmination of a great vision, now a reality.