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In November we had our last meeting for the year and the bench was filled with lovely Christmas designs which were judged by popular vote. Vera Singleton memorial prize for the best aggregate in Open was won by Elizabeth Oberin. Ginta, Elaine, Rosie and Margaret won the best aggregate for Intermediate, Novice, Wired work and Horticultural respectively. We had lots of fun socialising and playing games followed by a delicious supper.
On the 19th of September, we had our 55th Emerald Birthday meeting this year. Anne Ashby from South Australia was the guest demonstrator. She kindly offered to auction off her beautiful designs at the meeting. Members from Box Hill, Brighton, Vermont Floral Art Groups and the Waverley Garden Club members joined us to celebrate our Birthday with a delicious supper afterwards.
At our June meeting we had an impose workshop and we all came up with different designs using the same material provided. Thank you to Rosie and Elizabeth for preparing the surprise kits for us to use. We had bark, bamboo, apples, onions, leucadendrons, liliums and more in the bags to choose from.
In July, we were preparing for our upcoming show. Elizabeth and Sandra demonstrated a selection of designs for Novices and Intermediates to learn from. We learnt how to wire a Camellia and discussed how to use the allocated space provided on the bench for the show.
In August, we had our AGM and Marion Baker, the president of the Waverley Garden Club came to chair the AGM elections. After many years of great work as president, Noreen left the committee this year with our heartfelt thanks. Elizabeth Oberin was elected as the new President and Jan Impey is the new Secretary whilst Rosie Dougherty remains as the Treasurer. Ria Henley, Rhonda Dare, Sandra Fallu, Jo White, Binu Sreekuamr and Haeztra Goonetilleke were elected to the committee. A warm welcome to the new committee members Binu and Jan. At the completion of the AGM, Elizabeth showed us the essential items we should have in our basic tool box to do floral art. Then we discussed the Elements and Principles of Design as we learnt more about how to utilise the bench space allowed for our show this month. As the upcoming October meeting is going to be a workshop on “Freestyle” designs, Elizabeth showed us 2 lovely arrangements and advised us what to look for as containers, flowers and branches etc to make a Freestyle.
In April, we had a workshop where we all learnt learnt how to make a basic structure to be used in contemporary designs. ‘A triad design’ was the bench title, ‘Autumn foliage’ was for ‘From the Garden’ and ‘button hole’ was for wired work.
In May, we had a Wired Work workshop conducted by Rosie. We all learnt how to wire a Corsage properly and had fun making them. The bench title was ‘Long and Low'(horizontal design)’ and ‘Foliage’ was for ‘From the Garden’.
At the March meeting we looked at colour harmonies associated with Triad colour schemes and learnt how to use the colour wheel to pick the Triad colours. A big thank you to Noreen for teaching us the Triad concept and we all had fun working out the various colours and picking tints, tones and shades of the chosen colours to use. The bench was filled with “Go for Green” designs and “stem, spike or truss” from the garden.
We started off the year with a ‘Back to Basics’ workshop. Noreen and Elizabeth spoke about the use of Oasis floral foam and the importance of conditioning the flowers. Then they showed us the differences between modern, traditional and contemporary designs. Noreen taught us the importance of the principles of Balance, Dominance, Contrast, Scale, Proportion, Rhythm, Unity and Harmony in floral design. We all had fun making a simple design and then discussing the tools we use to achieve a good design, namely the elements of space, line, colour, pattern, form and textures. The bench title was ‘Let’s Cool it’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.