SOURCE: Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

September 14, 2009 12:00 ET

Cathedral Festival of Flowers Celebrates International Year With Distinguished Floral Designers

Attendees Can Explore Free Event, Take Part in Creative Workshops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) - The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption will host its Third Annual Festival of Flowers Oct. 1 to 4, bringing together renowned floral designers from the Bay Area and Europe. The event includes an opening night gala, unique floral elements, distinctive exhibits and creative demonstrations by the artists.

For nearly four decades, flowers have been used to decorate and augment the beauty of the 19-story-high architectural masterpiece atop Cathedral Hill in San Francisco. This year's free Cathedral Festival of Flowers includes more than 20 floral artists from San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arranging Societies, National Association of Floral Arrangement Societies of England and Association of Irish Flower Arrangers. Event highlights consist of:

--  A 30-foot asymmetrical composition of curved copper enhanced with a
    massive white flower cascade and sparkling glass globes flowing skyward
    above the baptismal font;
--  A display of the Cathedral's sacred treasures comprising of an 1883
    Parisian gold chalice, a custom-made vestment worn by Pope John Paul II and
    California missions' and historic churches' artifacts;
--  The Little Flower Festival incorporating floral arrangements designed
    by liturgical art and environment ministers;
--  Artist demonstrations focused on both American and European floral
    design techniques;
--  A gala preview and reception for $50, Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to
    9 p.m.

"Showcasing international floral artists during the Cathedral Festival of Flowers is an outstanding complement to the Cathedral's overall mission as we approach its 40th anniversary," said the Most Reverend George H. Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco. "It's with great pride that we welcome visitors from far and wide to the Cathedral Festival of Flowers during the Feast of St. Francis weekend."

Ron Morgan and the Rev. William McMillan are among the notable designers participating in the Cathedral Festival of Flowers. Morgan is considered a master designer, and his book, "The Center of Attention," has become an important component to tablescape design. Additionally, Rev. McMillan is an Albert Schweitzer Award winner and a native of Belfast, Ireland. His innovative creations have garnered him extensive recognition including Best in Show at the World Association of Flower Arrangers.

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About The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, also known locally as Saint Mary's Cathedral, is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco in San Francisco. For more information about the Cathedral of St. Mary, visit

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