Andover Flower Club

MEMBERS of the Andover Flower Club gathered for their June meeting and welcomed Alison Finch from Blandford Forum whose demonstration was entitled ‘Well Read’.

Using a wonderful variety of flowers and foliage, Alison created arrangements depicting some of her well read books. While designing, Alison regaled the audience with a synopsis of each story explaining how her choice of flowers and foliage fitted into the plot of the book.  Her creations were stunning, through a variety of books from ‘Wind in the Willows’ to ‘House in the Woods’, the tale of Laura Ingles Wilder of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ fame. At the end of the meeting several lucky members won the arrangements in a raffle.

The competition piece for members was ‘My Favourite Book’ and a variety of titles were depicted in a very colourful display.

The results were as follows: Novice: 1,  Jo Brambley – ‘Water Babies’; 2,  Kerry Muir – ‘Four Fires’; 3,  Beryl Lawrence – ‘How Green Was My Valley’. Intermediate: 1, Jackie Hasler – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. Advanced: 1, Lillian Pierce – ‘Creative Flower Arranging’; 2, Elizabeth Howard – ‘Gum Boots and Pearls’; joint 3, Mavis Cotton – ‘The Secret Garden’ and Sandra Oliver – ‘Flower Fairies of the Garden’.

The judge’s choice monthly cup, awarded for the arrangement the judge would most like to take home with her, was won by Lillian Pierce for her stunning display of garden flowers.

The next club meeting will be at 2pm on 1 July at St Ann’s Hall, Suffolk Road, Andover when demonstrator Marion Catt from Southampton will present arrangements entitled ‘Supermarket Dash’.  The competition piece for members will be ‘Flowers and Fruit’.

On the 7 July, the club is offering a special workshop from 10am until 3pm not only to members, but to anyone interested in learning more about the art of flower arranging and who would perhaps like to become a member of this friendly club. The workshop will be held at St Ann’s Hall and those taking part are advised to bring a packed lunch, although teas and coffees will be provided. The cost for the day will be £15 and participants will be taught how to create two different designs.

For further details, please feel free to call Sandra Oliver on 01264 353972.