Alnwick Flower Club, February meeting

Our chairman Val Pattinson welcomed both present and prospective members to Alnwick Flower Club’s first meeting of the new year.

She announced that at the area AGM in November, Alnwick Club won the silver salver and £26 prize money for the greatest percentage increase in sales of the Flower Arranger and congratulated the club’s representative Kathleen Turnbull.

This being NAFAS’ (National Association of Flower Arrangers) emerald anniversary, Val said that clubs nationwide had been urged to use a ribbon of green through their work in exhibits, competitions and National Flower Arranging Day in May.

Val welcomed demonstrator Sandra Dickinson from Morpeth with her demonstration, Fabulous February.

Sandra’s first arrangement, Spring Garden, was long and low, suitable for a coffee table and filled with lovely contrasting yellow and blue spring flowers with lime green cornus and some catkins.

This was followed by an arrangement of silver pussy willow and brunia (from South Africa) contrasting to the yellow roses and carnations. A lovely flowing design she has recently used in a wedding in early January.

In February we all look forward to summer and her next arrangement, in a small urn, was just that.

Sandra used antirrhinums, astrantia and three different roses in peach/pink colours, a rich looking interpretation of the flowers and colours of summer.

She finished with two events taking place during February, Valentine’s Day, using a red woven material wrapping a metal heart shape with an arrangement of deep red roses and Chinese New Year.

The arrangement for this contained brilliant yellow gerberas with golden wire wrapped stems and staged with two yellow silk Chinese lanterns and a paper parasol, all seemingly sourced at charity shops for very little cost but great effect.

Frances Cook gave the vote of thanks to Sandra for a very enjoyable evening and the hostesses were Margaret Inkster and Heather Forster.

Heather Curry with A Road to Discovery will be our demonstrator on March 4. Meetings start at 7pm in the Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, and visitors are most welcome.