February 2019 Meeting

We started the new year 2019 with a workshop focusing on ‘Elements and Principles’. Noreen showed us how to do a traditional design and then all of us attempted to make a traditional design using an O Bowl. The bench was filled with designs titled ‘Calm and cool’ and ‘From the Garden’ was a stem, spike or truss.


December 2018 Meeting

We ended the 2018 year with an informative evening led by Noreen. At the request of some of our members, Noreen showed us many samples of foliage and made suggestions on various ways in which we can use them in our floral art designs. It is easier to grow most of these plants at home ready to be used whenever we need them. Being the Christmas meeting, the bench was filled with Xmas wreaths and Sandra Fallu was judged the winner by popular vote.

During the meeting we all had the pleasure of witnessing our president Elizabeth Oberin being handed the ‘John Pascoe Fawkner Gold Award’ by the Royal Horticultural Society for her great contribution to floral art over the years. She is also the president of Victorian Floral Art Association Inc and is a very worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations Elizabeth!

The bench winners for 2018 were Noreen Donovan for Open, Ginta Pindard for Intermediate, and Binu Sreekumar for Novice. ‘Wired work’ was won by Sophie Ye and ‘From the garden’ was won by Haeztra Goonetilleke. We had lots of chatter sharing a delicious supper afterwards.

October 2018

On the 16th of October, we celebrated our 56th Birthday when members from Box Hill, Brighton, Vermont Floral Art Groups and the Waverley Garden Club members joined us. Nicole Gibson who is the head teacher at Marjorie Milner College of Floristry was the guest demonstrator who was assisted by Susie Portelli. Nicole used to be a member of our floral art group and she showed us seven beautiful contemporary arrangements at  the meeting. The night ended with a delicious supper and fellowship.

August/September 2018 Meetings

In August, we had our AGM and the president of the Waverley Garden Club came to chair the AGM elections. After serving the committee for many years, Ria left the committee this year. As  it was just after our busy Floral Art show weekend in August, we had a relaxing night listening to Margaret Myers and Jan Impey talk about their latest trip to Japan with the garden club.  They showed us some lovely garden pictures of their trip.
In September, we had a workshop on making wreaths. Elizabeth and Rosie showed us different ways of making wreaths – some with oasis, cane, willow, sticks and wires. Then we all had fun making wreaths with flowers, foliage, gum nuts, pine cones and moss. ‘A design using bundling’ was the title for the bench and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.

June/July 2018 Meetings

At our June meeting we had a workshop making fascinators.  Thank you to Rosie for teaching us how to do the wired work. For the bench we had bouquets and stem spike or truss was the horticultural item. 

In July, we were preparing for our upcoming show. Noreen demonstrated a selection of designs for Novices and Intermediates to learn from. She also showed us how to make posies so that we could make posies to sell at the stall in the show. We discussed how to use the allocated space provided on the bench for the show.

April/May 2018 Workshops

In April we had a workshop to learn about European Vegetative designs. The bench was titled ‘A design using clamping’  and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was from the garden. In May, Noreen demonstrated a traditional bouquet whilst Rosie and Elizabeth showed us how to make a contemporary bouquet. Then we all had fun making a contemporary bouquet with the items supplied. ‘European Vegetative design’ was the bench item and ‘foliage’ was the horticultural item.

Feb/March 2018 Meetings

We started the year with a back to basics workshop where we learnt how to manipulate leaves and basic pinning techniques. We learnt how to split/tear/bend,  plait and weave various leaves and had fun pinning leaves and making different spheres. The bench designs were titled ‘A summer Design’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.

At the March meeting we learnt about bundling and clamping. Elizabeth showed us how to make contemporary designs using these techniques. For the bench we had ‘A foliage design incorporating spheres’  and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.