Christ­mas blooms for flo­ral art workshop

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Clau­dia Alp clau­[email protected]­sun­day­times.com.au

MORE than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence will be handed down to lucky par­tic­i­pants in a Christ­mas workshop hosted by Karen Hill Flo­ral De­sign and Wed­ding Flo­rals.

Ms Hill be­gan work­ing at a florist in New Zealand as a teenager but later dis­cov­ered she was a third­gen­er­a­tion florist.

She went on to cre­ate ar­range­ments for wed­dings (in­clud­ing All Black themes) and spe­cial events while work­ing at the Hy­att Re­gency, Auck­land.

Hav­ing a nat­u­ral gift for cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing, Ms Hill said one of her most mem­o­rable mo­ments was cre­at­ing flo­ral ar­range­ments for Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s visit to New Zealand.

Queen El­iz­a­beth was at­tend­ing the 14th Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing in Auck­land in 1995.

De­ter­mined to com­bine her love for floristry and de­sign, Ms Hill learned the in­tri­ca­cies of flo­ral art which she said she now hopes to pass on to oth­ers.

“Floristry means the world to me. It’s some­thing I re­ally love to do and I love to teach peo­ple to think out­side the square,” she said.

“Ba­si­cally I’m go­ing to show (par­tic­i­pants) very ba­sic tech­niques us­ing con­tain­ers, flo­ral foam and flow­ers and ed­u­cate them on how to use the foam and how to place the flow­ers.”

Ms Hill will be har­ness­ing the beauty of na­tive flora, demon­strat­ing how to be re­source­ful and utilise what is in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“We’re do­ing a na­tive theme be­cause they last longer. So we’ll be us­ing

❝teach I love to peo­ple to think out­side the square.

— Karen Hill

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

CHRIST­MAS CRE­ATIONS: Flo­ral artist Karen Hill will be hold­ing a workshop to pass on her skills.

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