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Held at the Bar­ba­dos Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s head­quar­ters at Balls, Christ Church, it was not only an oc­ca­sion for mem­bers to so­cialise and min­gle, but op­por­tu­nity for florists to show­case the di­ver­sity of flo­ral ar­rang­ing.

Each par­tic­i­pant pro­duced botanic ac­ces­sories com­posed pri­mar­ily of plant ma­te­ri­als like leaves, flow­ers, stems, bark or roots and sprayed or hand-painted them to make them more colour­ful.

While each model demon­strated a high level of crafts­man­ship as all pieces were im­pec­ca­bly made, some pieces of hand­i­work stood out.

Anita Yarde mod­elled a colour­ful hat made of flow­ers and other plant trim­mings. The roses on the hat were made from grape leaves nes­tled on a bed of fin­ger palms and tied to­gether with a bow of sisal. The piece was fin­ished with cat­tail and as­para­gus fern.

An­drea Quin­tyne im­pressed the crowd with her In­de­pen­dence-themed de­signs. Her ear­rings were based with dried green car­na­tion flow­ers and topped with co­conut sprayed blue. The neck­lace was com­posed of dried bromeliad in­ter­twined with dried gin­ger lilies. It could be worn short around the neck or as a dropped chain with an asym­met­ri­cal style.

With dried co­conut fi­bre and Gen­eral Macarthur palms, she crafted a beau­ti­ful head­piece sprayed to res­onate with the colours of the Na­tional Flag.

Ann Sheafe flaunted an in­ter­est­ing sky blue crino­line hat with gen­tle swirls at the side. Dried okras dyed teal and hill green com­ple­mented the back of the hat, which was also dec­o­rated with pit­tospo­rum berries, dried loofah, as­para­gus fern and long brown twigs.

Erica Grainger made a pretty head­band and bracelet out of black pearls in­ter­wo­ven with golden palm sprayed gold.

Carolyn Par­ris-boyce was bold with her ac­ces­sories, rock­ing a fancy neck­lace, risk cor­sage and ear­rings from sea foam, pa­trea and a touch of ma­hogany wood.

Jac­que­lyn Fer­di­nand was an­other crowd pleaser who mod­elled a multi-coloured head­piece with a va­ri­ety of plant trim­mings and flow­ers.

Jen­nifer Weetch’s de­sign cov­ered her en­tire body. She show­cased the beauty of the orchid’s roots and em­bel­lished her pieces with beads. (SB)

JEN­NIFER WEETCH show­cas­ing a piece of art made with orchid roots em­bel­lished with beads. CRE­ATIV­ITY WAS IN FULL BLOOM at the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion of Flo­ral Artists’ tea party and fash­ion show.

(Pic­tures by Sandy Pitt.)

Par­ris- Boyce and Erica Grainger were FROM LEFT, Jacque­line Fer­di­nand, Carolyn crowd favourites.

Anita Yarde flaunt­ing her in­ter­est­ingly de­signed golden hat.

off. Si­mone Rud­der and Pat Quin­tyne show­ing FROM LEFT: Lynette Devon­ish, An­drea Quin­tyne,

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