Inside Floral Architect Lily Kwong's Living Botanical Installation in L.A.

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More than 20,000 blooms were used to transform the Houdini Estate into a mystical wonderland.

Fresh off its New York City launch last month, model turned floral architect Lily Kwong's botanical installation in collaboration with St-Germain liqueur landed in Los Angeles for a one-night-only visual experience Wednesday at the legendary Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills. A mix of L.A.'s cool kids — Olivia CulpoDita Von Tease, stylist Johnny Wujek, Cleo Wade and Michelle Trachtenberg — were on the scene, while D.J. Chelsea Leyland spun some tunes.

The floral architect's vision was to cultivate an immersive discovery experience for modern "bon vivants." Says Kwong: "I was deeply inspired by the project site. I wanted to layer the landscape with dynamic performances and art pieces ranging from dance to archival 'magic' projected films to a sound installation featuring sacred tones."

The visual experience featured elements of magical realism and illusions; magicians, a performance by art organization No)one. Art House, improvisational sound art by Patrick Belaga and Celtic tarot reading were enjoyed by guests throughout the five-acre property. Vintage black-and-white films were projected in gazebos, and the creation of a "Light Maison," made out of projected lights and hanging flowers, was a highlight among guests who flocked to snap photos. 

"Lily's take for L.A. includes discovery moments throughout the estate that still has caves, hidden tunnels, and terraced gardens," says St-Germain brand ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal. "Her romantic-yet-whimsical journey celebrates the joyful decadence of summer indulgence, with an opportunity for guests to enjoy a rare fleeting moment of exuberance in the spirit of 1920s années folles."

Following the event, all florals were donated to 14th Factory Gallery in downtown Los Angeles to accompany the "Garlands" installation's disassembly, creating a one-day pop-up floral shop experience, where flowers will be gifted to the community of Lincoln Heights and greater Los Angeles.

To experience the over-the-top glamor of the event yourself, scroll through photos below of the insanely gorgeous event.

Feeling inspired to mix up an aperitif? Check out the signature St-Germain cocktail that Ralph Vidal and Kwong created, below.


1 oz Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 oz Kaffir lime-infused St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz Noilly Dry
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
5 dashes chartreuse
Pour all ingredients in a shaker and serve in a coupette. Garnish with kaffir lime leaf.