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.

Xmas meeting 2017

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. 

October 2017 Workshop

At the October meeting we had a free style workshop. Elizabeth and Jenny showed us how to do a freestyle design and we all had fun. The bench was filled with ‘Spring has sprung’  designs, corsages for wired work and stem, spike or truss from the garden.