The assignment was to create a dish garden for a woman whose 45 year career was in nursing. This gift was to be presented as the buffet table centerpiece for her retirement party. Her friends and colleagues spoke with great admiration of her accomplishments in her field and her great sense of humor.

My solution was to source a vintage bed pan, that was beautifully sculptural in it’s own right, as the amusing container of lovely flowering plants.

These flowers provided a conversational ice breaker inspiring lively banter among the guests and brought many months of visual pleasure and fond memories of the celebration and her career.