Following feedback from the Flower, Produce and Craft Show last year, Carole Carter was requested to speak to the members on how to prepare their floral exhibits for the show this year.  She judged a highly scented Sweet Pea brought by Dave Chattock as flower of the month.
Carole came armed with boxes of foliage and assorted flowers which she had conditioned by steeping in water overnight. This helps enormously to extend the life of the arrangement. She also brought with her a card template cut to the size of the exhibit stipulated in the show schedule. It’s very important to abide by the rules and for the display to fit the correct parameters for judging.
To start, she gets the shape of the arrangement with foliage first, building the height and filling out the sides with leaves, inserting her chosen specimen flowers to make a pleasing display depending on the theme. Carole demonstrated a variety of pieces including Table Centres and Posy from the Garden, whilst she regaled us with tales of her career as a florist.  Her Golden Wedding display in particular, comprised of large Fatsia leaves which she had lightly sprayed with gold combined with yellow lilies was a delight, and then a show stopper arrangement to finish the evening, brought together a mix of Pittosporum, white carnations and fragrant blush lilies – very seasonal. All the displays were sold off after her demonstration. Carole encouraged everyone to have a go and enter the show this year as she said “I definitely will be entering!”
The Dawlish Flower, Produce and Crafts Show will be held at the Strand Centre on Saturday, August 10th. The show opens to the public at 1pm after judging with prize giving at 4pm. There will be a plant sale outside from 9am.  The show programme is available now from local businesses, tourist information centre and library.
The next meeting will be held at the Manor House on Thursday September 26th  at 7.15, when Becca Flintham will be telling us how to get Food for Free.