• Set 2 Celebrate

Meet Our Designer: Bill Cusano

Bill Cusano has participated in Set 2 Celebrate (S2C) since our second year when this event found its new home at the Town & County Club (T&C). Reflecting on his favorite installations, Bill recalled an intimate setting using treasured items from his own collection to compliment a stunning floral arrangement in the style of a Vermeer painting. Another year his “Party with a Punch” glittered as tiny tea lights reflected their delicate warm light on rich layers of crystal and silver. For last year’s raffle Bill designed a “Winter Solstice” themed buffet table which won the People’s Choice for “Most Elegant Table”. This year his theme will be “Opulence."

Bill is well known for his floral artistry at weddings, galas, floral accents for Holly Holden’s CPTV pilot program “You are Cordially Invited” and Hill-Stead Museum’s “Rooms in Bloom”. A career highlight was when First Lady Barbara Bush spoke at The Bushnell Theater: Bill created formal floral pieces for the stage and personal bouquets for her guest room at the T&C. Mrs. Bush kept her personal flowers then sent him a hand-written letter of appreciation which is now framed and holds a special place in Bill’s memory. 

In addition to his superb florist services, Bill is available for hands-on workshops and speaking engagements for Garden Clubs. You may reach Bill by calling 860 523 1235 or visiting De Vars Phillips Florist & Antiques at 242 Sisson Ave, Hartford to find a lovely floral gift or a unique heritage piece to add character to your home.

Bill Cusano with his 2018 Set 2 Celebrate table, Winter Solstice


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