Butler County Times Gazette
  • Walter’s Flowers provides centerpieces for Symphony

  • For years, Walter’s Flowers and Interiors has provided gorgeous centerpieces and other decorations for a variety of community events, but this weekend they are undertaking their largest single event.
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  • For years, Walter’s Flowers and Interiors has provided gorgeous centerpieces and other decorations for a variety of community events, but this weekend they are undertaking their largest single event.
    Walter’s Flowers was asked to do the floral arrangements for the Symphony in the Flint Hills events.
    Harold Harmon, who owns Walter’s along with his wife Linda, said he was told back in January they needed to inquire about doing the decorations for the event. He didn’t know much about it, so Harold called Christy Davis, whose parents live in El Dorado and is involved with the Symphony.
    Davis told him it was a contract service with a florist in Topeka.
    Harold didn’t give it another thought until three weeks ago when he received a call telling him the Topeka florist could not provide the flowers because of surgery and asking if he could do it.
    “We’re honored to be able to provide table decorations,” Harold said.
    After agreeing, they got to work on the project.
    “The only stipulation was they had to be wildflowers,” Harold said.
    He looked at previous arrangements and found most were in baskets, so he wanted to do something different.
    He combined wildflowers, with sunflowers and a cowboy boot in a metal container.
    Most of their flowers come from South America or Holland, while the sunflowers come from Kansas. He said the sunflowers posed a bit of a challenge getting so many on such short notice, but they were able to get them. For the cowboy boots, they got them from local boot representatives Kevin and Mary Ellen Mulvaney who had sample boots available.
    In all, they created 110 arrangements each with a different boot, which will be placed in the patrons tent at the concert site for the Saturday night banquet for those donors.
    They starting prepping for the arrangements a little over a week ago and had five designers working on them the week before the event.
    They also created the entrance flowers and a piece for the stage.
    Harold enjoyed the project.
    “Being creative and more or less the honor of getting to do it,” he said of what he has enjoyed most.
    In addition to the Saturday events, they also are creating the different Butler County towns’ centerpieces for the Friday evening banquet at Butler Community College.
    “It’s neat it’s here in Butler County,” Harmon said, adding he also liked the other things the community is hosting to go along with it and bring more attention to El Dorado.

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