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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    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.