Bega Valley Floral Art Group Inc.
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month, 2pm
Venue: Tarraganda Hall, Tarraganda
Contact: Barbara Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org
The Year so Far – Bega Floral Art
Our small group continues to keep busy learning and were thrilled to welcome 3 new members this year. In February, a challenging time of year for sourcing perfect flowers for arrangements, we made a flamboyant contribution to the Far South Coast Agricultural show in Bega with a range of entries. Particularly impressive were the Floral Handbags.
In conjunction with Bega Garden Club, we once again provided a range of bouquets, children’s posies and floral arrangements for Bega mums on Mother’s Day. No travel miles for these flowers! Freshly picked then arranged all day Friday, ready for sale on the Saturday before Mother’s day. Group members used their expertise and flair to create arrangements in recycled containers and baskets using flowers and foliage grown in their gardens. The $2,500 raised helped with the costs of Carers’ accommodation at the new Bega Hospital.
As well as the usual creations of arrangements and bouquets for local weddings, guided by Jacquie Ubrihien, our President, Heather Kors keeps us all on track and gives talks/ demonstrations to other outside groups as well as at our monthly meetings. On October 10th, members will assist at our Bega Open Gardens event.
A quiet time was had this winter with many members travelling, but this spring we have begun demonstrations on the Show titles for early 2016. We hope to have a stronger Novice section this year with titles including ‘ From a Country Garden – Landscape design’ and ‘Sticks, stones & succulents’ more suited to those expected dryer summer months. Meanwhile as I write, we welcome the wide pallet of Spring flowers in our gardens, that allow us to be so creative with our designs.
Barbara Hanley (secretary)
Spheres & Christmas themes in Bega
On the 15th November, Bega Valley Creative Floral Art Group held a floral workshop at the Bega Showground pavilion. The demonstrations and workshop provided an enjoyable day. Participants came from the local Floral art group as well as visitors from Bemboka and Bombala and 4 members of the Bega community. There were 19 participants, including one high school student.
Cecily Rogers, president of the RHS was our demonstrator, having travelled from Sydney the previous day. She demonstrated how to do a Floral bouquet, with advice for beginners, then moved onto 2 special Christmas arrangements, entitled ‘Fun with Spheres’ and a ‘Christmas Table Centre piece’.
We began with a morning tea provided by club members then proceeded straight into the demonstrations of a range of floral arrangements and the mechanics of 2 special techniques, one using a loop & thread method to do a chain stitch crocheted stand that utilised bauble and glass water sources. Beginners were shown how to cover spheres with Nori, create a water source and incorporate spheres into designs.
Many special techniques were learned along the way such as how to wrap stub wires, advice on using & securing flowers & foliage; as well as sharpening scissors & using a horse syringe!! . Cecily proved to be an excellent presenter and many novices were confident to display their Sphere arrangements at the end of the day.
Barbara Hanley (secretary)
Bega Floral Art on display at the Bega Show
Once again the Bega Floral Art group provided colour, visual impact, entertainment and inspiration to visitors, novices and experienced flower arrangers at the Far South Coast – Bega Show on Valentine’s weekend this February.
Some interesting and unusual concepts were used with many titles well suited to the extreme summer heat and lack of rain. ‘Windswept’ (A grade), ‘Hidden Gems’ (B grade) and ‘Tall and Textured’ (novice) allowed for the clever use of foliage; dried material; succulents and grasses, whereas novices had a challenge with ‘Blooms, Balls and Beads’ and I for one, had to borrow from my friend’s garden.
In ‘B’ grade, a popular class was ‘Something Nasty in the Woodshed’ which led to some rather dramatic displays. Obviously we should take heed and make sure we wear gloves at all times! In total there were 32 entries, with 2 in the ‘Suspension – Drama’ with wire and horticultural material.
The real show stopper, however was the Floral cake section, with a wide range of delicious-looking ‘cakes’ beautifully displayed on plinths draped in white. Some ‘icings’ looked very realistic, with chocolate, nut and sweet goodies. Yummo!
Casual observers had to take a second look to check the ‘edible’ cake decoration section hadn’t changed positions in the pavilion!
In May our efforts, time and flair are focussed on creating arrangements, bouquets and posies for the Mothers Day Flower Stall here in Bega. This is a major fund raiser each year for local charities in conjunction with the Bega Garden Club. We look forward to new members joining our small group that still meets on the 1st
Wednesday of the month at Tarraganda Hall, just outside of Bega.
Robyn Lyon’s Workshop in Bega
Contempory .techniques was the title of Robyn’s demonstration on the morning of the workshop. Robyn did several designs, some that she learnt at another workshop given by a New Zealand designer. At the end of her design demo Robyn explained the mechanics she used.
This part of the workshop was extremely popular with all who attended.
In the afternoon we participated in a workshop giving us new ideas for vase and containers that have been difficult to use. A long title but much useful information was gained and resulted in many diverse arrangements done by the attendees.
Robyn’s easy personality was well received by all. There was smiles all around at the end of the day.
Thanks to Robyn and the power of the flower.
Submitted by Heather Kors