This weekend's Cathedral Flower Show opens the creative doors wide for its 37 participating florists.
“Floral Fantasy: A Tribute to Our Floral Designers” is the theme of the 28th annual flower show at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St., which is free to the public Saturday and Sunday.
“We've simply assigned the spaces in the cathedral to the designers and told them to have at it, create something beautiful,” said Brother William Woeger, executive director of the Cathedral Arts Project, which sponsors the show.
Woeger said florist participation has been steady in recent years, as has attendance, which he estimated between 7,000 and 10,000 people.
“Weather is sometimes a factor,” he said, “but we've observed that sometimes the worse the weather, the more people come. It's an act of defiance.”
Though planning begins weeks and even months ahead, florists will start assembling displays in the cathedral late Thursday afternoon. The work must be done in less than 24 hours due to the delicate nature of the flowers.
A patron party Friday night will give a sneak peek to donors, who pay $75 each for the candlelight viewing and a reception.
Live music will be performed in both the main body of the cathedral and in its Our Lady of Nebraska Chapel during the flower show. Wheatfields will sell food in the cathedral's cultural center next-door, and the gift shop will be open. Sunderland Art Gallery in the cultural center will feature icons from the studio of Jane Tan Creti of Omaha.
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