Flo­ral artists spread cheer with posies

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Flow­ers bring cheer to many an oc­ca­sion and the 30 mem­bers of the Horowhenua Flo­ral Art and Gar­den Club prac­tise the artistry of flo­ral ar­rang­ing ev­ery month and use it to spread a lot of joy.

Ev­ery first Thurs­day of the month they gather at Thomp­son House on Kent St at 6.30pm and bring boxes and bas­kets and bags full of flow­ers, mostly from their own gar­dens. This month they sat down to pro­duce 100 posies to be dis­trib­uted among res­i­dents of lo­cal rest homes.

The ta­bles are fully loaded with blooms and the floor is lit­tered with bas­kets and boxes full of flow­ers and branches of green­ery for use in the posies. Ev­ery month the club mem­bers also bring flower ar­range­ments to the meet­ing to vie for a place of hon­our in four cat­e­gories that cater for be­gin­ners to ex­perts. There is usu­ally a theme and the one for Septem­ber was: Spring has Sprung.

The club has been go­ing since the mid-60s and some of its orig­i­nal mem­bers are still turn­ing up each month. The club be­longs to the Flo­ral Art So­ci­ety of New Zealand, which has a Manawatu¯ branch with eight clubs. The club it­self has plenty of ex­per­tise in house to teach new­com­ers, but they make full use of knowl­edge in other clubs.

“The Flo­ral Art So­ci­ety of New Zealand has rov­ing tu­tors avail­able, who can teach cer­tain as­pects of flo­ral ar­rang­ing,” said club mem­ber Pat Vick­ers.

In Novem­ber the club is or­gan­is­ing a Pa­rade of Homes to raise funds for St John. Six club mem­bers, who live on Okar­ito Ave in Levin will be open­ing their gar­dens to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm. Tick­ets cost $30 and are avail­able from Queen Street Den­tal and St John Op Shop in Levin and Wat­son Gar­den Cen­tre in Otaki. ¯ On the day there will be raf­fles and sales ta­bles, but these are cash sales only.

“We haven’t done a Pa­rade of Homes for years but a re­cent one in Palmer­ston North was so suc­cess­ful, we thought we should give it go,” said Bar­bara Ble­witt.

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A posie.

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SPRING has Sprung was the theme for Septem­ber at the Horowhenua Flo­ral Art and Gar­den Club. Some ex­am­ples of flower ar­range­ments.

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