In­grid passes on her flower ar­rang­ing ex­per­tise

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OVER 15 mem­bers of the Bray com­mu­nity took part in a fas­ci­nat­ing flower ar­rang­ing work­shop in the grounds of Festina Lente re­cently.

Neigh­bour and friend of the foun­da­tion, In­grid Good­body, de­liv­ered the demon­stra­tion, which fo­cused on teach­ing peo­ple to ar­range eye-catch­ing bou­quets us­ing flow­ers and other ma­te­ri­als from their own gar­dens.

She made a num­ber of ex­quis­ite dis­plays which were raf­fled off at the end of the day, leav­ing many of the pa­trons go­ing home with a unique as­sort­ment of flora and fauna.

In­grid, who is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist with a breath­tak­ing gar­den of her own which she opens to the pub­lic, gave her time free of charge in sup­port of Festina Lente.

The foun­da­tion which in­cludes gar­dens and an equestri- an cen­tre, pro­vides train­ing and work­shops for marginalised in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in the area.

In­grid used flow­ers both from the Vic­to­rian gar­den at Festina Lente as well as bring­ing some of her own ma­te­ri­als.

‘We hope to host an­other event of this kind in the spring,’ said a mem­ber of staff, adding that the pro­ceeds all to to­wards sup­port­ing the work done by the foun­da­tion.

She added that the 2.5 acre walled Vic­to­rian gar­den is only ten min­utes from the cen­tre of Bray and is open to the pub­lic.

There will be a mask-mak­ing work­shop there for chil­dren at the end of the month with one of the three days al­ready fully booked.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Festina Lente Foun­da­tion on (01) 2720704 or go to www.fes­ti­na­

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