‘Flower Girls’ visit

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Closeburn SWI Pres­i­dent Kath Bin­nie wel­comed mem­bers to the first meet­ing of the new ses­sion.

She said the de­mon­stra­tors for the evening re­ally needed no in­tro­duc­tion, as they were the “Closeburn Flower Girls”, Karen Kinkead and Jill Pater­son.

Karen ex­plained that they were both quite new to flower ar­rang­ing. They re­cently com­pleted a course at Stir­ling, and are mem­bers of Dum­fries Flower Club.

Karen worked on three ar­range­ments, the first an au­tumn wreath with an ivy base then a va­ri­ety of colour­ful flow­ers. Cen­tre stage on her sec­ond dis­play were two large sun­flower heads.

Again au­tumn fo­liage set these off very well, with lily grass or reeds an ex­cel­lent con­trast. Thirdly she used a pedestal birth bath as a base and cre­ated a won­der­ful dis­play with gla­di­oli, as­pidis­tra and hosta leaves, fin­ished off with colour­ful flow­ers too many to list.

Jill used an un­usual three-legged teapot for her first dis­play with fo­liage as a base, then merged into it a mix of car­na­tions and pink and white roses.

She had pre­pared ear­lier match­ing ar­range­ments us­ing a milk jug and a su­gar bowl.

A bas­ket with essen­tial fo­liage was the set­ting for her sec­ond dis­play and she blended in a mix of pink al­stroe­me­ria, pink roses, pink lilies and skim­mia.

Both em­pha­sised that, as much as pos­si­ble, they use fo­liage and flow­ers from the gar­den and ac­ces­sories can be used to fin­ish off the dis­play.

It is im­por­tant to use dif­fer­ent tex­tures. They are also per­fect­ing the skill of telling sto­ries while they work – a dif­fi­cult com­bi­na­tion to achieve with so much con­cen­tra­tion go­ing into the ar­range­ments.

On Novem­ber 14 Dum­fries Flower Club will cel­e­brate its emer­ald an­niver­sary.

While sup­per was or­gan­ised, Karen and Jill judged the com­pe­ti­tions. Nancy Sloan gave a warm vote of thanks, de­lighted to see how both had pro­gressed in flower ar­rang­ing.

Com­pe­ti­tion re­sults A small posy for the Jenny Lethardy Plaque: 1 Re­nee Rorije; 2 Jackie Stewart; 3 Morag Mur­ray.

Flo­ral notelet: 1 Anne Mof­fat; 2 Ge­orgina McKin­ley; 3 Deirdre Hold­ing.

Re­nee was pre­sented with the Jenny Lethardy Plaque and the raf­fle was drawn.

Cor­re­spon­dence, group and fed­er­a­tion mat­ters were dis­cussed by the mem­bers. Nine dog coats had been knit­ted by Kath Bin­nie, San­dra Ormesher and Cath Car­ruthers. These would be taken to the D&G Ca­nine Res­cue shop in Thorn­hill to sell for funds for the cen­tre.

The next meet­ing is an open night on Oc­to­ber 16 in the vil­lage hall.

Kath thanked Karen and Jill for en­ter­tain­ing the mem­bers and those who had helped or­gan­ise the evening.

Great demon­stra­tion Karen Kinkead and Jill Pater­son with some of their ar­range­ments

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