A group of Flower Society members had a lovely day on Saturday in the Church Hall at Kempston Church End where they were able to spend a whole day arranging flowers and trying out new designs expertly led by Ann Gray. The contemporary designs were based on 2 ideas featured in the Summer edition of ‘The Flower Arranger’ magazine and a selection of the results of the ladies efforts can be seen below.
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31 Members and friends went on the trip to the Rose Gardens. The weather stayed dry and fine and everyone enjoyed the afternoon out. Linda Robinson has written the following report:
Tuesday 7th dawned fair and bright although the weatherman warned of showers later in the day. But we were lucky and not one drop of rain spoiled our visit.
Leaving promptly at 12.30pm we negotiated the diversions in Kempston, and the road works on the M1 to arrive at Chiswell Green about 1.45.
Armed with our free guide we went our separate ways to explore. Some to the flowerbeds, some to the tearoom and some to the toilets! I like to have a quick look all round and then prioritise which bits to look at more closely. In fact the two and a quarter hours we had in the gardens allowed us time to look at, study, discuss and photograph all the rose beds and have something to eat and enjoy a cup of tea.
The roses were lovely of course, especially the scented ones; my favourite was Gertrude Jekyll. But what made the afternoon special for me was the tranquillity – being able to sit quietly near one of the ponds, watching the fountain playing gently and appreciating, admiring and revelling in the beauty that is a garden.
I’ve read that banana skins dug in around the roots of roses (with the inside of the peel facing down) will improve the quality of them.
Ikuyo Morrison has sent in some photo’s of the Rose Garden Visit which she is happy to share. Please click on the thumbnails to see the pictures in full size.
The Royal National Rose Society
The Gardens of the Rose
Hertfordshire AL2 3NR
Tel: +44(1727) 850461
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On 26th June 2007 a coach full of BFAS members went up to York to visit the home of George Smith. After lunch in York George welcomed us and took us round his garden before showing us into the Granary where we had tea and biscuits and admired a wall arrangement he had done. (photo’s taken by Ikuyo Morrison). Please click to enlarge.
On 5th June Carole Johnson produced a selection of flower arrangements under the title of “From Dreams to Reality”. Carole is the Home Counties Area Joint Secretary and has been an Area Demonstrator for 10 years. Carole says Flower Arranging is her ‘stress-buster’. It was an excellent evenings entertainment with some beautiful flowers which you can see below. (To see the photos full size, just click on it).