November 2017

On Thursday 9th November 2017 North Ferriby Flower Club had the great pleasure of welcoming to the Club International Florist Florian Seyd from Amsterdam. Florian has demonstrated all over the world. Florian not only demonstrates stunning flower arrangements, he works in the team of the Dutch Flower Council forecasting new trends for the flower business. Florian and his partner Ueli Signer have been named in the top 27 florists in the world. They have now started a business specialising in Party Decorating, and decorate for huge gatherings all over Europe, and have their own farm and magazine. Florian is therefore much in demand and for him to come to our Club, on his second visit, during our City’s year of Culture was fabulous.

When the stage curtains went back there was gasps amongst the packed Hall as the stage already looked amazing! By the time Florian had finished, the stage was ablaze with 11 spectacular arrangements and large tied bunches. Florian collected and foraged for the plant material and huge branches etc upon his arrival on Monday assisted by 4 ladies from the Club. He used the raw materials to make all the spectacular containers for each arrangement from scratch! The flowers were fabulous, having been sent over from Holland on Monday. The quality was second to none and he introduced us to new varieties and colours. He used a lot of Nerine which is very fashionable in various colours, new roses in mixed shades on the same plant, a new variety of small spider chrysanthemum, cyclamen grown as cut flowers, two coloured protea, shocking pink anthurium and two coloured lilies. We were aghast with the beautiful new varieties available. Florian loves the wonder of nature and uses natural materials and freshly picked greenery where possible. The arrangements were large and spectacular so the whole hall were able to see them, and covered wonderful colour combinations depicting Autumn and Winter. His only concession to Christmas was that some of the arrangements had silver or gold baubles hanging from bare branches.

What a truly wonderful evening we had, and there was a large queue for more raffle tickets at the end! Having said that everyone was wondering how they were going to transport the arrangements home if they were very lucky enough to win one! Think it was the case of coming back with a van! Today Florian has kindly done a full day workshop at the Hall and many members are attending.
Next month on the 14 December we have our Christmas fun evening. Two members are demonstrating a Christmas table arrangement and also making Christmas cards and bows. A social evening to end the year. We have no meeting in January and our AGM in February 2018.

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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.