At the meeting on March 24, Iris Shaw, a Kent area demonstrator, gave a demonstration entitled ‘Facets of my Life’ in which she captured texture, colour and form using both foliage and flowers gathered from her garden and her supplier. The arrangements had titles such as Our Garden, Ring of Friendship, La Cuisine, etc, each display being accompanied by anecdotes and stories which had given Iris the inspiration for each one – her garden, her friends far and wide, living in France, holidays, particularly Jamaica and cooking for friends and relatives. A profusion of flowers and foliage was used such as buddleia, which was just sprouting its leaves; eleangus, choisya and skimmia to name a few. There were also stock, tulips, sunflowers, freesia (in her favourite purple), red and yellow roses, germini, cymbidium orchids and many more beautiful flowers. Iris also used an anthurium ‘sweet tips’ which had the audience enthralled with it’s beauty. Additions to some displays included intricate wire musical notes and golden balls. Inspiration and ideas were given to many in the audience, for instance the use of a decorative wire mannequin dummy.
The next meeting of the society is on April 28, when Tan Strong, who is a national demonstrator, will give a demonstration titled Colour our World. Visitor’s fee for this meeting will be £7. The society meets at St Bartholomew’s Church, King Edward Avenue, Herne Bay on the fourth Tuesday of each month except for December, which is the member’s social evening, date to be confirmed. Doors open at 7 for a 7.30pm start. There is no meeting in August. Visitors are welcome, fee per visit is £5. For a national demonstrator the fee is £7. For inquiries regarding the society or membership contact Ann Berry on 01227 634428.
Herne Bay Gazette, April 9th 2015