Flowers 4 the Float

The Nurses' Float
Celebrate and Honor All Nurses
at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade®

Float Construction

Construction of the Nurses’ Float began at the end of April 2012. The first time a member of the board of directors saw the Nurses’ Float was on May 3, 2012. The progress of the construction was documented each week until the frame was completed.  We have prepared a slide show for each construction step.

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Floral Decorations

Decorating the float was a wonderful experience and each individual had their own personal experience during the process. There were a variety of materials used and we have provided an overview of some of the materials used.

Turtles

Eyes – seaweed lined with onion powder; Head, body and legs – grey/green fine ground parsley, light yellow fine ground split pea, yellow fine cut strawflower, light orange fine ground lentil, orange ground lentil, black onion powder; Shells – dark grey poppy seed, light grey green silverleaf, black small beans, green whole split peas; Tail – grey/green fine ground parsley

Raccoon

Eyes – bronze fine cut strawflower, seaweed, powdered rice; Around eyes – black onion powder, dark grey poppy seed; Outer edges of eyes – black grey small buffalo grass pieces; Nose – seaweed highlighted by powdered rice; Around the nose – dark brown/tan uva grass, cream/white pampas grass, dark grey/black buffalo grass; Mouth – black onion powder, dark grey poppy seed; Under chin – dark grey buffalo grass; Body and ears – dark brown uva grass, dark grey buffalo grass, light grey pampas grass; Belly – light grey pampas grass; Tail – light grey buffalo grass, dark brown uva grass

Front tree trunk

Dark grey poppy seed, light grey lettuce seed, dark brown flax seed, tan paper bark, black onion seed; Inside trunk – dry green sheet moss; Front large leaves – dark green ti leaves accented by green mung beans, grey green silverleaf; Green pipes – green ti leaves, aloha yellow dendrobs blooms

Cardinal

Eyes and lids – black onion powder, powdered rice, brown flax seed; Beak – black onion powder, orange ground lentil, yellow fine cut strawflower; Head – red fine cut strawflower, light orange ground lentil, peach fine ground lentil, bronze/dark red fine cut strawflower; Body – red fine cut strawflower; Wings and tail – black onion powder, grey/green fine ground parsley, bronze/dark red fine cut strawflower, red fine cut strawflower, orange/light orange ground lentil

Nest

Outside – bronze fine cut strawflower, natural raffia, dark brown palm fiber, light tan strawflower pieces accented by various sticks, light blue delphis, dark blue delphis, white cymbidiums; Base - black onion seed

Large green pipes with butterflies

Green Ti leaves accented by aloha yellow dendrob blooms; Monarch butterflies – Onion powder, rice powder, yellow fine cut strawflower, white fine ground rice, seaweed, pink fine cut strawflower; Cocoon – grey/green fine ground parsley, dark green ground parsley; Caterpillar – grey/green fine ground parsley, yellow fine cut strawflower, ground onion seed, fine ground rice, light blue fine cut statice

Owls

Eyes – seaweed, bronze fine cut strawflower, yellow fine cut strawflower, highlighted by rice powder; Eyeliner – onion powder; Beaks – light lettuce seed, poppy seed and onion powder; Around beak, eyes and head – light grey chopped ming moss, bronze fine cut strawflower, gold clover seed, black/grey buffalo grass; Top of head/outside of ears – cream cornhusk, tan uva grass, black/grey buffalo grass; Inside of ears – onion seed (one owl – dark brown flax seed; one owl – tan fine walnut); Chests – white pampas grass, cream corn husk, black croton leaves, dark brown palm fiber, bronze fine cut strawflower, red corn silk; Wings, back and tails – corn husk, bronze fine cut strawflower, dark brown palm bark, shiny grey silverleaf; Backsides of tails – dark grey lettuce seed