In February we enjoyed a lecture given by local artist and educator ROSE HORSPOOL from North Dalton. Rose came armed with many interesting photographs relating to the history of gardens and in particular ” Gardens of Yorkshire”. Her lecture developed the themes of security, tranquility and naturalness from greek, roman and persian times. Such influences have shaped gardens today. Gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll, Beth Chatto and landscape architect Lutyens then further developed naturalistic planting to create the quintessential English Garden that we all enjoy today. Rose referred to local examples like Scampston, Newby Hall, Littlethorpe Manor and York Gate, Adel. It was a relaxed and informative evening!

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    JUDY WATKER returned to the Club in October to demonstrate Inspiration And Imagination.  She was delightfully funny and warm with tremendous creative artistry.  Her arrangements were harmonious and unique including specific plant material technical skills such as dyeing, weaving and folding.

    Judy was inspired by Picasso and used a circular green-wire frame decorated with green carnations, white avalanche roses and green cymbidium orchids to create the circle of life.  Her inspiration from zebra patterning was created using material dyed black and white.  She wove cycas palms into differing shapes and using white flowers created a stunning focal highlight.  Moving onto a shipwreck, Judy used a rusty sphere which she arranged with pupura violeta ginger and maxima violeta anthurium with woven cycas palm leaves to create a tropical vibe.

    Judy is a woman of many talents and we are hoping to ask her to return to do a workshop with us to share her creative skills.  The evening was enjoyed by all and her floristry talents commended by everyone.