Parkes Floral Art Group

Meets: 3rd Friday of the month, 1.30pm

Venue: Cook Park Community Hall, Welcome Street, Parkes

Contact: Ann Crasti  0421 902 135


April 2015

Parkes Leagues Club was looking like a Floral Extravaganza as guests arrived to view the 35th Floral Fair.
Guests from New South Wales Floral Art Association travelled long distances to attend Taree, to Bowral, Canberra, all parts of Sydney, the Blue Mountains,  as well as visitors from West Wyalong, Canowindra, Forbes and surrounding areas.
The official part of the proceedings was opened by Councillor Ken McGrath, who warmly welcomed everyone, and spoke of the delight that awaited everyone on the show benches, & how proud Council was of the local Craft groups that make up our community (Parkes Group are decorating the Coventry Room for the Governor General’s Visit this week). He could remember when the late Kay Maxwell one of the driving forces to form the Parkes Floral Art Society all those years ago, teaching the art at Parkes Tafe, he also stayed on to view the demonstrations that followed.
Unfortunately President Shirley Hunter was unable to attend as she had a family bereavement  & was away., so Publicity Officer Colleen Cusack, stood in and welcomed all guests and gave a small resume on the the Trophy for Late Kay Maxwell, and Betty & Aleks Muzyczuk Memorial Award. Carla Rauchle was present with her daughter to represent the family and make the presentation , the Secretary Ann Crasti, introduced NSW President of Floral Art Mrs Mary Sweeney who in turn congratulated the Parkes Group for the magnificent display of some 65 entries which was outstanding.  She then demonstrated for an hour the latest trends in Floral Design
which was eagerly received by the large crowd present  & later raffled, with some happy winners taking home their spoils.
Afternoon Tea was served  and did not disappoint, with the lovely array of cream cakes & sandwiches supplied by members.   During the morning whilst judging was taking place, visitors were treated to inspection of 2 local gardens that of Mr Bill Skinner & Fay & Kelvie Blackstock. for which we thank them.  No doubt may ides were taken away with these visitors.
Special mention must be made of the generosity of Parkes International Motel who hosted the NSW President & Australian President, Dunfords Pharmacy who donated the great Raffle for Saturday, Greenparks for the Lucky door prize, Creiths Furniture for Raffle on Sunday, the Leagues Club for their help in staging the event,  the Champion Post for the publicity, and of course Northparkes Mines for their sponsorship.  What a wonderful community we live in, and there was so much going on that week-end.
Saturday night members gathered at Parkes International Motel to have a celebration dinner, when a cake especially made & iced  for the occasion by Jan Ranger was cut by foundation Vice president Mrs Elsie Mahon.  Special awards in the form of Certificate of Appreciation for ongoing commitment & service to Parkes Floral Art Society were made by President Shirley to Treasurer Jan Ranger & Publicity Officer Colleen Cusack.



November 2014

Parkes Floral Group will celebrate its 35th Anniversary in 2015.

Over the years the group has enjoyed the participation and guidance of many talented floral designers including Kay Maxwell, Loretta Williamson, Shirley Hunter and Roma Stevens.

Parkes Floral Fair has become recognized in our community as an important  annual event receiving sponsorship and support from many local businesses and individuals.It is held each year at the Parkes Leagues Club and incorporates floral art competitions and demonstrations over a two day period.

Next year we are delighted to have  the NSW FAA meeting in conjunction with our regular programme on May 16th and 17th 2015.

This year we were asked by Parkes Shire Council to provide arrangements for the visit of Marie Bashir to the area and this, along with the annual Parkes District Show, provided a showcase for some stunning designs. Some of our members were also able to travel  to other events in both NSW and South Australia and the reports and new techniques learned were enjoyed at our meetings.

We look forward to 2015  and to sharing our celebration in May with  NSWFAA members from other parts of NSW.


34th Annual Floral Fair : Variety with Flowers

17th and 18th May 2014 – Parkes Leagues Club

Further details from Roma Stevens (02)6862 1349

Parkes Floral Fair


September 2013

Some photos from our recent Annual District Show PA & H association. Roma Stevens, was successful as Champion in Open section with her arrangement in “Springtime with a Figurine”

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Marie Rushby was Champion in Intermediate Section with “Halloween”

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Colleen Cusack 1st in Open with “3 tier “Arrangement

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Eve Hayes 1st in Open with “Flying High & Free”

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We have enjoyed a most successful year, visiting Condoblin and demonstrating to their very enthuastic Garden and Floral Art Group, as well. November will see another workshop for the Beginners, and we will hold our usual Christmans luncheon to wind up the year. Planning is in hand for 2014 Floral Fair.
Kindest regards,
Parkes Floral Art Society Inc.
(Colleen Cusack Secretary)


July 2013



Parkes Floral Art Society held their 33rd  Annual Floral Fair on May 4th &  5th

Holy Family School hall is where  the  members  showcased their artistic ability in interpreting the special sections  of the schedule with the theme being  “Let’s go Overseas”.

President Shirley Hunter OAM, welcomed guests who had travelled from West Wyalong, Narromine, Orange, Forbes, Eugowra, Bogan Gate, and of course our Judge & Demonstrator from Kempsey.

The afternoon commenced with the Official Opening by Councillor Barbara Newton, who spoke so elegantly about the history of Floral Art going back thru the ages to early Egypt,  her appreciation of the  arrangements on show, and the importance of bringing community together with such a function as the Parkes Floral Fair. Councillor Newton later assisted Pres Shirley Hunter in the presentation of prizes.

We were  also honoured to have the daughters of the Late Kay Maxwell, Paula Medlyn & Carla Rauchle with us to present the prestigious Kay Maxwell Perpetual Trophy


Special mention also of Roma Stevens, who won the RHS  150 yrs  Anniversary Medal  for Most Successful Exhibitor.

And the youngest exhibitor Natalie Hayes of Eugowra, who had a number of entries in various sections  won the Popular Vote with her entry “Elegance of England”

We were transported from  the “Call of Hawaii with Fruit & Flowers”,, to” Fun in the Sun in Spain,” thru to  the” Flamboyance  in South Africa” , trekking in the “Fantastic Foliage of New Zealand,”

Parkes - Flamboyance of South Africa

The Highlands of “Scotland with tartan’s on display, to” England’s Elegance,”

On to” Gay Paree”, down to “Japanese Simplicity”, then on to “Autumn in Canada”, “Down Mexico Way,” finally arriving at a “Carnival in Rio”.

Demonstrator Mary Sweeney, of Kempsey, was able to assist the exhibitors by talking about their arrangements and offering helpful advice about the points in her judging.

The huge  crowd on Saturday was enthralled  as she  transported the audience on a World tour to all the World Floral Art Shows she had attended, then making the arrangements appropriate to the places she mentioned.   Mary spoke so fluently about the people and places as she demonstrated the art of Flower arranging, engaging everyone with her tales of “finding” bits and pieces on the way  which she used to complete the arrangements.  Mary”s assistant was her husband Terry, who knew exactly what she wanted next to add to her arrangement , they really worked well as a team.

The Parkes International Motor Inn, generously hosted Mary & Terry for the week-end.

Our members gained a great deal of knowledge from the demonstration and were really grateful  to have the opportunity to witness such expertise. Mary completed some 8 arrangements which  she donated to the committee and which were later raffled .

Of course the afternoon would not be complete with out the “Lavish afternoon tea”. And the crowd were not disappointed.

Sunday saw another happy crowd thru the doors to view the arrangements and enjoy the Morning tea Provided.

Our thanks go to all those who helped in any way, in the staging of our very successful 33rd Floral Fair.

We now have our thinking caps on to plan the next one.