NFFC Tea Party 2018

On August 9th, we visited the beautiful garden belonging to Liz and Guy Slater for a Tea Party. Marquees had been erected and tables set with vintage china tea cups and saucers. Homemade cakes and scones were served with copious cups of tea and coffee. It was a perfect balmy afternoon to sit in the beautiful hydrangea filled garden belonging to our hosts.

Our demonstrator JILL SMITH from Binnington Blooms is a grower of British flowers on her farm in Staxton near Scarborough. She created three wonderful hand ties. The first was a vivid bouquet of pinks including ammi majus, apple blossom antirrhinum and feather top grasses. Her second, blue colourway hand tie was vibrant with cornflowers, echinops ritro and dill.

Lastly, she used the rudbeckia sahara and creme brûlée phlox to create a nude/terracotta arrangement. All were stunning and all grown and hand picked by Jill. The movement “flowers from the farm” encourages British growers and has proven to be very fashionable in wedding floral art. We all agreed that the blooms were of excellent quality and stunning colours.

Our next guest will be the wonderful Nicola Davies-Murray from York who is also offering a Workshop during the afternoon. Tickets are £20, please get in touch before hand, and download the Workshop PDF prior to the event. [PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF]




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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.