Over twenty members enjoyed a busy and challenging day at a workshop led by Gill McGregor. She showed us how to be creative with laurel leaves in two very different designs. A few pictures below of the first arrangement – thank you for a very instructive day Gill
We were delighted to welcome Jo Poulter back to Bedford this month.
Designs featured an arched window, a copper circle, a traditional triangle, a hand tie in a ‘cube’ bag, a traditional triangle, a star and a spiral – a demonstration which certainly lived up to its title ‘All Shapes and Sizes’. There was something for everyone – traditional and contemporary – large and small; and certainly ideas which could easily be adapted to use at home – something which many of our members appreciated.
Flowers included delphiniums, stocks, daffodils, muscari, iris, sunflower heads (with and without the petals), roses, gerberas, chrysanthemums, antirrhinums – we were introduced to a lovely different coloured rose ‘Golden Mustard’. There was just as wide a range of foliage and accessories used.
Jo gave us an interesting commentary throughout with hints and ideas together with entertaining stories. Thank you Jo for a very enjoyable evening. There are just a couple of pictures below.
For the first demonstration of the year we welcomed back Sharon Badger who took for her theme ‘A Vision for the Future’.
Sharon’s arrangements reflected turning points in history. The first represented ancient history and mythology: Aphrodite (red roses) and Roman roads (canes) . This was followed by an asymmetrical design reminiscent of the Edwardian period with palms, ferns, white spider chrysanthemums and carnations, and red tulips. The third very striking and structural arrangement with yellow roses as the main flower echoed the days of Art Deco styles. Next was a flamboyant, psychedelic and energetic arrangement depicting the 1960s, using sunflowers, orange carnations and red mini gerberas. The final arrangement using white anthuriums and silver bear grass was a delicate and glittery futuristic design.
Thank you Sharon for sharing your expertise. It was a wonderful display and much appreciated by both longstanding and new members.
BFAS is still a flourishing and successful club! – this was reported at our AGM by officers’ reports. We have a membership of over 90 and have welcomed several new members this year. We have had a varied and successful programme including inspirational and entertaining demonstrations, an enjoyable and instructive workshop with Barbara Collins, a visit to Ely Cathedral Flower Festival and a practical members evening when we again realised the talent and expertise we have within our membership. We continue to provide weekly flowers in the Faith Room at Bedford Hospital. Committee members were all thanked for their hard work throughout the year especially on meeting the challenge when three demonstrators had unavoidably cancelled at short notice. Volunteers and members were also thanked for their contribution and hard work. We were delighted to announce that a cheque for £475 would be sent to Magpas Air Ambulance as a result of charity fund raising throughout the year.
Following the formal part of the evening Rachelle Merrill gave us an illustrated talk entitled ‘Home Grown Talent’ . She concentrated on three areas: Why Buy British flowers? The Flowers from the Farm organisation and Merri Flowers. Merri Flowers is a local small business focussing on growing and selling Christmas trees and British flowers; they like to provide customers with personal experiences e.g. tagging your chosen Christmas tree and selecting blooms of your own choice.
We look forward to starting our programme of demonstrations on March 5th when Sharon Badger will present ‘Vision of the Future’.
There were lots of baubles, lots of silver birch, lots of glitter and lots of laughter during our Christmas demonstration ‘ Joyous Noel’ with Kathy Stangaard! Add to this some lovely Christmas music and of course beautiful flower arrangements; a very enjoyable evening was had by all and we went home in a relaxed but festive mood – thank you Kathy. Thank you also for allowing us to share pictures of the arrangements.
The designs were varied in shape and colour resulting in a beautiful, final stage display. There was a wide variety of both foliage and flowers. Flowers included roses, chrysanthemums, germini, clematis, anthuriums, carnations and a tropical selection. There was traditional foliage associated with Christmas such as blue spruce , pine, and silver birch (coloured or glittered) together with bergenia, fatsia, viburnum, aspidistra, palms, ruscus and pittosporum (to name a few!). Accessories included cones, a candle, and of course, baubles. There were many happy raffle winners.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to and then participated in our successful ‘hamper raffle’ the proceeds of which go to our charity.
We have had a varied and interesting year; demonstrations, workshops and visits – thank you to everyone who has worked hard in any way to make this happen. A very Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2019 – we look forward to seeing you at the AGM on February 5th.
It was lovely to see sixty of our members participating in our practical Members Evening this month. We all started with an 8” foam based wreath ring, a stem of spray chrysanthemums and a small amount of foliage. The designs were enhanced by accessories and sundries brought by members together with some extra foliage. The stage looked stunning at the end of the evening – we had Autumn, Christmas and celebratory designs together with imaginative ways of using the wreath ring – we certainly didn’t finish up with sixty circles! As always we realised what talent and expertise we have within our membership.
We enjoyed a ‘bring and share’ supper with more time to ‘chat’ than at an ordinary meeting and the evening finished with three members demonstrating a decorative orb ( this had been learnt at the NAFAS ‘Masquerade’ weekend) – we look forward to the competition set for next month!
Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to make the evening such a success.
The arrangements in Anna’s ‘Do you see what I see?’ presentation provided a design for everyone; from traditional (a pedestal) to contemporary (using silver birch twigs as mechanics). The exciting colour combinations and quality and choice of flowers resulted in stunning designs which provoked lots of comment and inspiration. This, together with insight into life at Oxford gave us a very entertaining evening.
Twenty members had a lovely day at the workshop led by Barbara Collins. Everyone worked very hard, we learnt new techniques and all created two beautiful designs – all starting with the same materials but such different results – we have very talented members. Thank you Barbara for a very enjoyable day and to Ann for organising it.
We were very disappointed that our expected demonstrator could not come at the last minute due to illness and hope she is feeling better very soon. However we did utilise the beautiful flowers that she had already purchased. The evening’s theme changed from ‘Around the World’ to ‘Turning a Bad Day into a Good Day’! A very big thank you to all committee members who worked hard both during the day and the evening but particularly to Ann and Sandra who shared their talents and expertise with us to present some beautiful arrangements – a few pictures are included below.
It was a very hot evening last Tuesday so we were delighted to welcome a good audience of members and friends to our successful Open Evening – held in August for the first time. Due to the extreme weather this year John Chennell admitted he had had to to change his ideas from when he first gave us the title of ‘Shades of August’ over twelve months ago. Consequently we saw seed heads, foliage and flowers more reminiscent of Autumn being included in his arrangements.
As always John’s love and knowledge of gardening shone through and we appreciated his tips on design and mechanics. He used a very wide selection of home grown garden material including poppy and phlomis seed heads, shrub honeysuckle, honesty, fennel, horseradish and silver elaeagnus. Flowers included sunflowers, larkspur, agapanthus, roses, asters and delphiniums – a real mixture of Summer and early Autumn.
A wide variety of arrangements provided a stunning stage display and the vote of thanks incorporating the words ‘fantastic, fabulous and phenomenal’ summed up the audience’s reaction and appreciation.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the evening in any way – from preparing refreshments at 5pm to clearing the stage at 10pm. The refreshing refreshments on a very hot evening were very much appreciated.
A couple of pictures below give an indication of John’s talent and expertise.