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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    Our programme of events ended with a wonderful demonstration by JONATHAN MOSELEY. He filled the stage with colour, style and the wow factor! An experienced National Demonstrator of 21 years, Jonathan is internationally renowned, a television judge, and the Chatsworth floral arranger. Using many different materials, harmonious colour tones and dramatic containers, Jonathan created a symphony of colour. He created a starburst arrangement using champagne coloured bamboo sticks, cotoneaster rothschildianus and rhapis palm. A black glass vase with white fragrant genista, double lime eustoma and birch twigs amongst other flowers were used to highlight the stage. Birch bark covered boxes were filled with deep purple brassicas, the beautiful lilac coloured rosa lullaby and the pirouette clematis. The stage was a festive delight!

    It was an evening of entertainment and relaxation. A fitting end for our 50th Anniversary Year!