Rekha Naidoo September 2013

This month we welcomed Rekha Naidoo who presented  ‘A Taste of India’

Her designs all, in some way, represented the culture, flora, landscape or foliage of India together with the sparkle and embellishment we associate with Indian dress. Her commentary also gave us an interesting insight into Indian culture especially Indian weddings.

The first arrangement was a spice design. This incorporated cinnamon sticks, cardamom, bay leaves, clove balls, mintola and tamarind pods which provided a wonderful background for ginger flowers, heliconia and gloriosa lilies.

Red anthuriums and prada carnations for contrast were the main flowers in  a beautiful Paisley design container  made from gold wire with colourful Indian buttons.

The third arrangement represented the Indian sunshine which included yellow and orange roses embellished with gold twigs.

The bead design in a hot pink vase included Banyan foliage (the national tree of India)  with lisianthus, gerbera, veronica, zinnias, antirhinums and dahlias.

The monochromatic white design representing the Taj Mahal incorporated salal leaves, eucalyptus, hydrangea, white roses, stocks and gerbera embellished with white shiny beads,

The final large arrangement was The Bird design  where palm leaves, hebe, hosta and dracaena formed a background for strelitzia (which grow wild in India) and shamrock chrysanthemums. This time the arrangement was embellished with peacock feathers.

A really different,  interesting and enjoyable evening which resulted in a stunning display of arrangements.


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