April 2018

The Summer is finally coming! JOAN WOODHEAD, from Grimsby, reminded us all of that with her very colourful demonstration entitled “Picture This”. She filled the stage with arrangements in lime green, exotic pinks, spring yellows and even brought in one of her paintings to enhance an Icelandic inspired display. Using a straw stuffed cushion she used purple tulips and green looped midolina sticks to make a lovely spring format. Joan has a talent with textiles and had woven circular frames with chenille and wool to support her flowers.

It was a convivial evening and we all left inspired by her colourways and the hope of better weather. Joan did make us laugh about her intention to use spring blossom boughs originally in her floral works and her decision to use other materials after the recent weather! We all totally understood her frustration!

Coming on 10 May, DEREK ARMSTRONG will be demonstrating “The Scents Of Spring”. He is widely known all over the World and has worked with the BBC and ITV on period dramas and documentaries. He also consults for well known companies and assists in photographic shoots for them. Make a note in your diary. This is an Open Meeting and non members can buy tickets @ £10 from Margaret Hobson on 01482 634114.

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    HANS HAVERCAMP – May 9th

    Hans was superb! Word had spread of his demonstration and North Ferriby Village Hall was packed. It was an evening of wonderful imagination, technical genius and sheer entertainment!
    Before any flowers had been even added to his structures, they were free standing works of art using driftwood, equisetum, Old Man’s Beard and loft insulation board! We were treated to dramatic unveilings of further containers which added to the atmosphere during the evening.

    Originally from Holland, Hans grew up in England and has a Father with horticultural knowledge which has not been lost on him. Throughout the evening we were educated about the removal of mucus from strelitzia, the weaving of equisetum, new flower varieties and basic good floral tips! We enjoyed both visual and mental stimulation. Hans is a demonstrator of considerable skill and knowledge having taught in Japan for several years. His love of that culture and artistry is reflected in his manipulation of material, his use of even numbered flower heads and spatial awareness.

    Hans created arrangements with a contemporary twist. With an exquisite colour palette, he used Black Tie cordyline with dramatic effect, beautiful violet and amber/mahogany Vanda orchids, Tropic Light and Midori anthurium and the breathtaking Command Performance peony to name but a few! His final piece was centred around three five foot high slender vases filled with green liquid arranged with moss balls, velvet covered apples and upside down amarylis filled with hydrangea heads! Intrigued? We were!


    We will be going on a coach trip to the garden of NEWBY HALL on June 13th. Members and guests are welcome and the tickets are £30 each to include travel, entry and coffee on arrival. Tickets are available from Margaret Hobson on 01482 634114 Do come and join us.