Flower of the month was judged by our speaker this month – Elizabeth Holman. First and second place was taken by Mr and Mrs Chattock, David for his pink Camellia and Doris for her pink Gerbera.

The raffle prize of Tulip bowl with book and assorted tulips was won by visitors Brian and Angie O’Connor.

Elizabeth Holman

Elizabeth then started her talk on how to make Garlands , Swags and Table Decorations for the Christmas season ahead. She is a lady who uses recycled materials where she can – repurposing charity shop pots with a respray in gold paint. Using an icing turntable for ease, it helps to get an all round perspective on her arrangement. Elizabeth started her first centrepiece by using lots of green foliage such as holm oak, conifer cuttings and ivy pushed into soaked oasis in a triangle tree shape. Adding sprigs of artificial berries as they don’t shrivel as fresh ones would, then baubles on florists wire to complement the colour theme of the room.
Her next display was to be in a more contemporary style, lower in height with a central candle, which needs to be wired safely in place.

She added the greenery as background filler for the oasis with moss for longevity then in a modern twist placed silver twigs, sprayed cones, baubles and faux bold blooms to complete the look and feel.

Elizabeth then talked and demonstrated how to assemble a swag using sturdy rope from a local chandlers. This would be a labour of love as well as a labour intensive work of art as all the plant material has to be wired onto the rope, working from each end into the middle for symmetry. Not forgetting wire hoops at the rope ends for hanging.

So how do you transform a mantelpiece or fireplace for the festive season? Elizabeth showed us how – with a little creativity . Starting with sheer fabric in a colour to coordinate, candles, chain shop bargains of stems, baubles, foliage and flowers not forgetting that all important balance and symmetry, it all comes together to enhance your home for the festive season ahead. It was obvious that her talk had inspired the members to get out into the garden with their secateurs and put her ideas into action themselves.

Next meeting is the Bring and Share supper on 25th January which will also be the AGM. Members will be considering nominations to join the committee for the year ahead.

New members are always made welcome – in fact the membership has grown to over 80 over the last few months. Members £1, visitors £2 to include speaker, raffle and refreshments.