Lighting up the Season

We are thrilled to be among 23 designers and florists who are creating holiday displays for Light Up the Season, an annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel whose proceeds support Children’s National Health System.

We each worked with a patient at Children’s National to inspire themes for holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork, which will all be for sale to benefit the hospital.

Our “patient artist” is a young lady who loves flowers and butterflies. It was no surprise, then, that she immediately gravitated toward the huge fluffy roses and whimsically colored butterflies that float across Osborne & Little’s Butterfly Garden wallpaper—one of several images we showed her for inspiration. Her delightful reaction, in turn, inspired us to create our own butterfly garden with a holiday twist.

For this iteration, the butterflies would be gold, flying upward toward a crown of poinsettia-like blooms and holiday trimmings atop a ribbon-wrapped Maypole. Our patient painted several butterflies in a tie-dye rainbow of colors, which we scattered among the golden wings like the pops of color you see in the wallpaper. Finally, we mounted the display over more crimson flowers that lie on a soft bed of moss—a truly enchanted holiday butterfly garden.

Here’s our rendering for what it will look like:

The displays will be up for public viewing starting Dec. 7, and the family-friendly fundraising event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 12-4pm. It will feature dance, song and magic shows; cookie decorating; ornament making; and visits from Santa and Children’s National’s mascot, Dr. Bear.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to this young lady for her ideas and inspiration:

l-r: Miriam Dillon, the young artist, and Hannah Bock. Photo courtesy of Light Up the Season


More information about the event and ticket purchasing is right here. Thanks to our designers Miriam Dillon and Hannah Bock, and architect Matthew Fiehn for bringing our Holiday Butterfly Garden to life for this special event!