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