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"Good Trouble"-Inspired Virtual Floral Design

Brightly colored vase by artist Roberto Lugo featuring a portrait of John Lewis and the graffiti-style word “Good”Taking inspiration from ceramicist Roberto Lugo’s Good Trouble vase, which was recently acquired by Hillwood, we will create a vibrant arrangement with blooms in yellows, oranges, greens, and blues evocative of the rich colors in Lugo’s vessel.
The Good Trouble vase was recently acquired by Hillwood and is featured in the exhibition The Luxury of Clay: Porcelain Past and Present. For this work, Roberto Lugo highlights the late civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (1940–2020), on the front, and on the reverse, portrays three influential women in politics—Vice President Kamala Harris, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and voting rights advocate and politician Stacey Abrams.

Ami Wilber helps you create a beautiful arrangement with step-by-step guidance and plenty of time to ask questions. Supplies are not included, but a materials list will be shared in advance, should participants wish to follow along at home. 

Good Trouble vase
Roberto Lugo (American, b. 1981)
Philadelphia, 2020
Glazed ceramic, enamel paint
Museum purchase, 2021 (2021.4.1–2)


For an additional fee of $65, interested participants can order materialsincluding flowers, greenery and a container, and collect them from Hillwood the morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 10 a.m. and noon on May 13. If you have purchased materials from Hillwood in the past, please consider returning old flower buckets when you collect supplies. Exact supplies may vary based on availability due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues. Participants will also need water and floral shears or scissors. Materials are limited to twenty.

  • Brightly colored vase by artist Roberto Lugo featuring a portraits of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, and Vice President Kamala Harris.Blooms
    • viburnum (5-7 stems)
    • blue delphinium (5-7 stems)
    • orange ranunculus (1 bunch)
    • yellow tea roses (5-7 stems)
  • Greens
    • Pittosporum (1 bunch)
  • Other Materials
    • chicken wire to secure stems, 9"x12"
    • ceramic bowl, 6.5"x4.5"
    • floral snips (Ami is fond of Saboten model 1210)
    • floral tape


This virtual workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. and is presented live via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to share their arrangements when complete via video; questions can be submitted via the chat feature. Please note that this workshop will be recorded.

Registered participants will be emailed a link to join this Zoom program. To get started, please download Zoom on your chosen device and explore the Frequently Asked Questions


Ami Wilber became the floral and event décor designer at Hillwood in November 2016. Ami has over twenty-five years of experience as a floral designer. She received a bachelor's degree in fine art from Miami University of Ohio and a Master's of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts. Prior to joining Hillwood, Ami created sculptures and exhibited her installations at galleries and public spaces in Washington, D.C.