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Bouquet-Making Champion Recreates Stunning 1935 Cascading Arrangement

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Marie Lenon knows how to arrange a bouquet — she won Australia's national bouquet-making competition six years in a row from 1995 to 2000. But even champions can be challenged. Such as trying to reconstruct a nearly 80-year-old bouquet from a grainy, ghost-like wedding image. 

"It's hard to discern what the flowers [in the photograph] are," she told the Canberra Times. "You can see roses in it, and there's a daisy of some sort, but in those days lots of these wedding bouquets were made from whatever people had in their gardens. And so I've done my best. I've used roses and chrysanthemums and carnations and gladioli."

The creation will be a part of the Centenary of Floral Art in Canberra exhibit at the Canberra Centre. The exhibition is presented by the the Floral Art Guild of the ACT, of which Lenon is a member. The bride in the 1935 photo, Jean Valentine, was the aunt of another guild member.

[Photo: Jeffrey Chan, Canberra Times]

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