May 2018

The stage was spectacular!  The flowers were quite amazing!  When asked how he described his style, DEREK ARMSTRONG from Carlisle modestly answered he was quite traditional.  This was not the case!  Vibrant pinks, restful blues and stately white created a rainbow of colours.  Derek began his demonstration “The Scents of Spring” with a long, low table centrepiece of orange gerbera, red pieris and deep purple mophead hydrangea, lit with tangerine scented candles.  It was most dramatic and certainly a talking point at any dinner party!  Having originally trained as a Chef, Derek changed his career direction to become a floral artist but still hosts regular gastronomic evenings.

With an emphasis on scent, Derek created a table arrangement for romantic dinners that would perfume the air with sweet jasmine, sweet peas and lily of the valley.   As he worked, the  sweet smell gently washed over the audience creating both a sensory and visual experience.  His final piece was a large rocking structure in homage to the spring blossom of Japan.  Using  pink sand cherry and a lavender anthurium with sculpted phormium leaves, Derek used this large horseshoe shaped mechanism as the centre for his final staging.  It was an evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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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.