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Petal Pushers

March 23, 1986

You're dying to hear about the decor at this year's Governors Ball, so here's the scoop from floral designer Jef Hackbarth:

Tables will feature long black undercloths with shocking pink "wet look" vinyl overlays, black napkins and black Lucite cylindrical centerpieces ringed in battery-operated, shocking pink neon.

Each centerpiece will feature large sprays of pink and mauve cymbidium orchids (which currently fill the entire greenhouse of a Hackbarth friend); he sent the flax branches to a local body shop to be lacquered in black. Also touched up were arrow-shaped anthurium leaves, which emerged in "soft sea-foam turquoise" shades with a black lacquer drizzle on top.

For the ballroom: 3,000 blooms of the pink and mauve cymbidiums, plus thousands of pink ginger, anthurium and Rubrum lily blossoms, many of them in abstract arrangements on stage.

Next day, the centerpieces will be used again for a charity luncheon. The remainder go to the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills.

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