Flower fest a fragrant and fun-filled affair
This year, the annual Flower Show at St James’ Anglican Church was very different to previous years - no more spectacular showy arrangements (mostly of flowers bought at great cost), but instead, rustic baskets of glorious colour, simply arranged to show off their beauty. Those wishing to be involved were asked to bring along their creations, already arranged in a basket. The organisers then had the relatively simple task of deciding where to place each basket to showcase it to its best advantage. In addition to the floral baskets, some people brought along farm-fresh vegetables, which were in keeping with the church’s Harvest Festival, held the same weekend. Small miniature succulent gardens were also a reminder of the magnificence of these indigenous plants in this part of the Karoo. In a letter sent out to parishioners ahead of time, the question of what to do with all the coat hooks on one wall of the entrance hall was posed. Whoever came up with the idea of placing a variety of summery hats on the pegs was obviously inspired, as they made a very eye-catching display in the foyer, along with the little bottles of flowers from Union Pre-primary pupils. Inspiring organ music was played throughout the day, by Adaleen Nel in the morning, and Garth Hitge after lunch. Pat Wallis and her team did a roaring trade in tea and scones in the morning, and barely had time to clear away before the lunch team took over. Felicity Minnaar and Evette Holmes organised the usual delicious meal that guests have come to expect at functions at St James. The extra effort involved in serving meals outside in the verdant garden certainly paid off, as many guests commented on the beautiful relaxing surroundings. The organisers of this year’s Flower Show have certainly set a high standard for years to come, and Pat Wallis, Moyra Marais, Val Loock, Hilary Palme and Marion Rubidge are to be congratulated on bringing something different but equally impressive to the event. “I am most grateful for the Spirit in which the Flower Show was conducted in every regard,” said Rector, Revd Dr Mark Marais.
Rustic baskets with glorious flower arrangements filled the St James’ Anglican Church.