Alison Webb, certified by the American Institute of Floral Designers and an employee at Inland Bays Garden Center, was building an ocean out of flowers this week, creating a floral display that represents the sea.

“It’s meant to be uplifting, giving people spiritual joy and a reason to look up. And, heaven knows, after the past 18 months, we can use it,” the Ocean Pines, Md., resident said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

She used white crepe myrtle to represent ocean foam, blue hydrangeas for water, baby’s breath and taller cattails, gladiolus and delphinium to bring to mind the vertical thrust of ocean waves.

The floral design, titled “Seascape” and created in two blue ceramic pots placed side by side, was part of the American Institute of Floral Designers’ “Phoenix Rising” project.

“It’s strictly for enjoyment,” said Webb, who made the display in about three hours on Wednesday. She said she expects it to last through Friday.

Inland Bays Garden Center is located at 38320 Muddy Neck Road, near Ocean View.

Staff Reporter

Veteran news reporter Susan Canfora has written for many newspapers and held positions ranging from managing editor to her favorite, news reporter. She joined the Coastal Point in June 2019. She teaches college writing, tutors and professionally edits.