60-year-old Belgian owns flower shops in both Brussels and his home town of Sint-Niklaas, close to the Dutch border. He provides arrangements for prestigious individuals, events and occasions. Ost has received numerous awards and accolades in both Europe and in the Far East.
Ost trained in Belgium and the Netherlands before visiting Japan for the first time in 1983 when he befriended Noboru Kurisaki, one of the most prominent grand masters of ikebana, who became his mentor and teacher. He taught Ost that a single flower used the right way can have more impact than thousands of flowers used en masse.
The artist said: “I get lots of e-mails and letters from people saying that my work makes them emotional. They’re nice, but I’m also afraid of reading them because I always want to keep my feet on the ground, like a child who is playing. The title on my card is bloembinder. It’s an old Flemish word that’s hard to translate. It refers to what you do to bind flowers together, but it’s not like ‘florist’ in English or ‘fleuriste’ in French. It’s much more beautiful than that."
Orchid Show visitors may select from thousands of top-quality orchids, from exotic, hard-tofind specimens for connoisseurs to elegant yet easy-to-grow varieties for beginners, available for purchase at NYBG Shop. The Orchid Show is on view from Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, April 22.