Extravagant Floral Displays at the Four Seasons Hotel
The team creates new arrangements for the hotel's lobby and restaurants each month, as well as for events and for guest rooms by special order. It's an unusual, behind-the-scenes role — most florists work in retail stores or are hired for events on a freelance basis. In fact, the hotel's team still brings in freelance help for big projects.
Assistant florist Jeffrey Moore (left) and freelance floral designer Renato Cornacine update the display with Vanda orchids. From left, freelance floral designers Kay Ortiz and Renato Cornacine and assistant florist Jeffrey Moore take down the previous month's floral installation in the 60th-floor lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City on Saturday, May 29, 2021. The hotel's floral team brings in additional staff when needed for bigger projects. Assistant florist Clifton Cortez cleans the pedestals for vases before the team installs a new floral display in the lobby. Freelance floral designers Renato Cornacine (left) and Kay Ortiz stand in a service elevator amid several carts of Grammatophyllum orchids for the new lobby installation. Freelance floral designer Kay Ortiz wheels a cart of flowers from the previous month's lobby installation through a service hallway. Assistant florist Clifton Cortez removes a plastic protective covering from Grammatophyllum orchids as the team installs them. Grammatophyllum orchid flowers from Hawaii are part of a new display. Floral supervisor Jennifer Torpie (left) and floral director Eduardo Verdi place roses into the bathtub of the suite. Floral director Eduardo Verdi places a peony next to roses in the bathtub of the suite. Floral director Eduardo Verdi handles a rose while preparing a special "VIP floral experience" ordered by a guest who booked a suite at the hotel. Floral director Eduardo Verdi handles a rose while preparing a special arrangement in the suite. From left, freelance floral designer Kay Ortiz, floral director Eduardo Verdi, assistant florist Jeffrey Moore, freelance floral designer Renato Cornacine, and assistant florist Clifton Cortez place Grammatophyllum orchids into vases as they update the lobby installation. Assistant florist Jeffrey Moore (top) places a vase of Grammatophyllum orchids atop a pedestal. From left, freelance floral designer Kay Ortiz, assistant florist Jeffrey Moore, and freelance floral designer Renato Cornacine work in a storage room to clean vases and prepare Vanda orchids to be brought to the 60th-floor lobby. A Vanda orchid cultivar — named after celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham, who leads the hotel's floral team — is part of the newly updated lobby installation. Freelance floral designer Renato Cornacine places Vanda orchids into a vase. Guests walk past part of the newly updated floral installation in the 60th-floor lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel.