We were pleased to welcome Jenni Baker back to Bedford and were grateful to her for filling
in as our original demonstrator
was unable to come.
Jenni’s theme was ‘The Feminine Touch’; she produced six designs which represented
the life and work of six influential ladies – the presentation was made more
interesting as we had to guess the lady involved from the clues Jenni gave.
We started with the bright colours (orange lilies, deep pink
mini gerberas and Mario roses) representing the ceramic artist Clarice Cliff; we then moved on to a white
design (avalanche roses, stocks and gypsophila) representing the white garden
at Sissinghurst and the work of Vita
Sackville West who was a poet and novelist as well as a garden designer.
Next came Mary Quant (or Barbara Mary Blunkett Green), the
Welsh fashion designer with a parallel
design using red carnations, mini gerberas and Anastasia chrysanthemums against
a copper wire frame filled with black and red sisal. (One of several complementary
accessories produced by Jenni’s husband) Then, a real change with
yellow gerberas (for daisies) and bluebells representing the countryside
and the work of natural scientist and writer Beatrix Potter.
Modern sculpture by Barbara Hepworth was the theme for the fifth design – anthuriums and carnations against a background of phoenix palms and willow structures filled with florist wrap representing sails. The presentation wouldn’t have been complete without the influence of a flower arranger and the last design represented the work of Julia Clements . This lovely arrangement included pink aqua roses, cerinthe, and chrysanthemums together with a wide variety of foliage laurel, soft ruscus, euonymus, pussy willow, pittosporum and redwood.
Thank you Jenni for an interesting and entertaining evening – thank you also for allowing us to share pictures of your lovely designs.
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
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.
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.