by Sue Pappin for 5THE FM newsonlinewattlerangenow
Since the group came together in May last year it was meeting at the Millicent Showgrounds. However as from Tuesday 1st July the Millicent Floral Art and Garden Club Incorporated will now hold its meetings in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Sixth Street, Millicent.
The only changes to the original format are the name and venue change. The aim of the Club hasn’t changed – to promote Floral Art throughout the community through education and recreation.
Anne Ashby, a qualified floral art judge is the instructor. Her entries in the Millicent Show last year were examples of her work, while photographs of her prize winning exhibits in major events are evidence of her amazing talent for thinking ‘outside the square’
Each month Anne demonstrates a simple technique which can be used in an arrangement. A short meeting is then held before a lunch break after which Anne demonstrates an arrangement which members are encouraged to bring to the next meeting.
At the June meeting Anne showed how to make a rose from the folded husks of a corn cob. Anne demonstrated a fruit and flower arrangement which included threading work. Anne gave numerous examples of horticultural things which can be threaded on wire or fishing line- seed pods, gum nuts, wooden beads, grapes, brussell sprouts. The list is only limited by your imagination.
A simple crescent arrangement was also demonstrated by Anne.
During the first year of the club members have been encouraged by many tips to keep costs down with garage sales and op shops being a good source of inexpensive containers. Painted milk cartons are often used as containers. A trading table of pot plants and cuttings also help to keep expenses down for members.
Artificial flowers are often used so don’t be deterred if you don’t have many flowers growing in your garden.
New members of all ages and abilities are always welcome and are asked to bring a pen, notebook, camera, lunch and drink. The Club meets at 10am and finishes no later than 3pm with the first two sessions being free for new members.
For further information phone Sue 87332275 or Chris 87344086