Friday, May 6, 2011

The Art of the Garden Party to feature Manhattan Floral Designer Mark Rose

Bridal Luncheon at Marble House, Newport, RI by Mark Rose Flowers & Events

The Center for Contemporary Art will hold its annual spring benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 17th at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. “The Art of the Garden Party” will take place from 11 am to 2:30 pm and feature table designs by well-known area designers and businesses including Laura Clare Floral Design and Event Decor, Eggsotic Events, Classic Home and Garden, Philosophy Boutique, Diane Durocher Interiors and House of Jawi.

Mark Rose
The day’s special guest is acclaimed Manhattan floral designer Mark Rose who will share highlights of his own events and give a presentation on the elements of a fabulous garden party. Mark Rose was raised in New England where his fascination with nature and love of flowers began at an early age. His education in architecture, design and horticulture combined with his extensive international travel continually provide his inspiration.

Mark’s professional career began in Washington, DC where he designed events at The National Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and The Washington Opera, establishing himself in his field. Mark moved to New York to work with event designers Robert Isabell and Preston Bailey, and soon after was offered the position to oversee the public flowers and in-house events at The Plaza and The Pierre Hotel for Atlas, where he worked for almost a decade. These grand hotels and other prominent venues throughout New York have been ideal locations to showcase Mark’s style, where he has designed spectacular wedding receptions, corporate galas, and charity balls in the celebrated spaces. Mark is also sought after for his beautiful residential flowers, and brings his elegant point of view to every project.

“The Art of the Garden Party” is co-chaired by Kathleen Palmer and Debbie Bergen. Tickets start at $85 per person and all proceeds benefit education and exhibitions programs at The Center for Contemporary Art. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit our website or contact Ellen Rannells, Special Events Coordinator at (908) 234-2345 or

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