Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spring Savoir Faire at David Jones

Combine millions of flowers and Sydney’s premier department store and you have a virtual Garden of Eden. Full of riotous colour and temptation this is a paradise for the flower lover and shopper alike.

For 25 years David Jones, Sydney’s iconic department store has ran their annual flower show in Sydney. Heralding the beginning of spring down under in the antipodes, flower lovers flock in the droves like bees to pollen to experience this over the top flower display. Comprising of upwards of 350,000 flowers plants and foliage, floral displays are cleverly mixed with merchandise to tempt shoppers to touch smell and even buy.

Behind the scenes of this public display is almost 12 months of continual organisation, culminating in a very long night after the store closes at 5.30, to bring the concept to fruition on the opening day. Store windows and retail space comes alive, like magic, in the few hours before opening next day.

Different themes each year have Sydneysiders on edge wondering how DJ’s can top the previous year. One year a complete window was transformed with 1000’s of live butterflies. Windows take on the personas of tropical rainforests or desert landscapes depending on the whim of the floral designers.

The prospective fashions for the coming season are checked to ensure that the theme will complement them. It is after this aspect is clarified that the first meeting with the florist takes place, and the theme is presented to them, with a brief of how it is envisaged the Flower Show should look. This year is distinctly different from last year, which was very contemporary, using very bright vivid colours. The brief for each flower show is a challenge, trying to come up with an idea that is completely different from any done before.

There is a team of florists who come in to water every day at 6.00 am before the store opens and also to replace all of the spent blooms because the air conditioning and lighting causes the flowers to perish more quickly than in more natural conditions.

So if you are down under in September a little foray into DJ’s would not go astray. Maybe like Adam or Eve you will be tempted in one way or another.

*Images courtesy of Bluemountaindaisy


  1. What a explosion of color, of creativity, of beauty flowers, I'm in love whit all them!!!
    really beautiful!
    Hugs, Elena

  2. Fabulous! the economy must be better in Oz because here in Canada such luxuries are few and far between.....

  3. I like to think I am worldly but I have never heard of David Jones until I read your post today, until now, he was just the little guy from The Monkees.
    Beautiful images, enjoy spring, it is fall here in NYC.
    X David

  4. I've never heard of him too, so, thank you for the post and the photos.
    Simply wonderful.
    I'm not really experienced with flowers (all my pot plants died, my own orchid, in contrast to my mom's, survived, but looks like almost dead) so I never thought that you can do such fantastic things with them.

  5. The lavish floral and plant displays remind me of those at the Plaza Athenee or George V Hotel in Paris. Such exciting promotions are seen in many deluxe department stores in Europe, London, Tokyo, or New York, but certainly not in Canada (well Ogilvy's in Montreal is better than most). In spite of the Bay's makeover, they have a long way to go.

  6. Amazing!! What blows my mind even more than all the lush colors and textures is the beautiful architecture and shape given to these stunning arrangments. Love it!

  7. beautiful decorations!
    thanks for ur comment on my blog btw. :)


  8. Elena, Each year the creativity and the colours amaze me.

    Susan, I am not sure whether economy plays any part of it. Each year they just seem bigger and better. I think it is for the leagacy and tradition.

    Joe, I love flowers, you will have to buy some today for your house!

    Mr SWF, unfortunately I do agree with you on this one. When I first came to Canada I was surprised that no department store had a food hall!

    Nancy, they are always spectacular.

    Jon, you are more than welcome!

  9. Astounding, wonderful displays. Thanks for posting this - most inspiring! Mark


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