Good work bloomed at Sum­mer Show

AOIFA de­lighted with its show­case of works at Cork Sum­mer Show, and toasts its suc­cesses.

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The As­so­ci­a­tion of Irish Flo­ral Artists (AOIFA) said it was de­lighted to have been pre­sented with an op­por­tu­nity to high­light the work of its mem­bers at last month’s Cork Sum­mer Show.

The na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion, cel­e­brat­ing its 45th an­niver­sary this year, has over 80 clubs based all over Ire­land.

The ex­ec­u­tive of the as­so­ci­a­tion moves around the coun­try ev­ery two years and, for the pe­riod 2018-20, it is within the Cork area.

AOIFA said, at club level, mem­bers get to ex­pe­ri­ence a wide va­ri­ety of demon­stra­tors and learn from teach­ers with a vast amount of knowl­edge.

Gar­den­ing also plays a huge part in clubs ac­tiv­i­ties while a vast ar­ray of lessons, ad­vanced cour­ses, teach­ing and de­mon­strat­ing cour­ses as well as com­pe­ti­tions and fes­ti­vals are hosted by clubs an­nu­ally.

Ni­cola Desmond of AOIFA, said: “This year we were de­lighted to be in at­ten­dance at Cork Sum­mer Show and to have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the work we do all around the coun­try.

“Over that week­end, many prizes were dis­trib­uted but Best in Show went to Teresa Kenefick from Ladys­bridge & District Flower & Gar­den Club and the very pop­u­lar Peo­ple’s Choice went to Es­ther Ross from the Owenabue Gar­den & Flower Club.

“Many thanks to ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated and we look for­ward to plan­ning an­other more ex­cit­ing show in 2019.”

She said AOIFA also hosts a ‘Friendly Bou­quet’ day ev­ery year in Septem­ber where clubs make bou­quets and place them around towns and vil­lages hop­ing to bring some joy and friend­ship to the peo­ple that re­ceive them.

A new char­ity is cho­sen ev­ery two years and all clubs fundraise for the char­ity.

In the past six years alone, the as­so­ci­a­tion has raised and do­nated €36,000 to Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Ire­land, €73,000 to MS Ire­land, and, last year, €54,000 to Irish Can­cer Re­search.

The cho­sen in­com­ing char­ity for the next two years is Pi­eta House.

AOIFA also has an in­ter­na­tional presence with mem­bers hav­ing just re­turned from the World Show in Bar­ba­dos and Canada Blooms as well as the Chelsea Flower Show.

Mean­while, Ni­cola ad­vised read­ers: “Why not con­sider join­ing, check out your lo­cal club on www.aoifa.com or watch the gar­den­ing notes on the Satur­day edi­tion of the

Irish Ex­am­iner for events in your area.”

Ger­ard Mur­phy, Cork Sum­mer Show; Mary O’Brien, AOIFA, Cllr De­clan Hurley, Teresa Kenefick, Ladys­bridge & District, win­ner of Best in Show; and Ni­cola Desmond, AOIFA.

Es­ther Ross, Owenabue Gar­den & Flower Club, won Peo­ple’s Choice at the re­cent Cork Sum­mer Show.

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