Roundhill Flower and Garden Club

Our demonstrator for the April meeting was Janine Hall, from Sutton Coldfield, West Mids. She has visited us several times, always providing an interesting and extremely entertaining evening. She has a marvellous ‘self-depreciating’ sense of humour, and quickly has the audience roaring with laughter at her stories.
Janine is highly experienced, being an Area Demonstrator for around 24 years, qualified as a NAFAS Judge four years ago, and is a qualified florist.
Her demonstration was entitled ‘Born to Shop (Forced to Work)’ with designs based on different shops and products sold.
First she took us to a Souk in Marrakesh, via a horizontal design in a large ali-baba pot. Its yellow flowers replicating embroidery on a Moroccan outfit used as an accessory along with a realistic wooden snake.
Then it was off to the Milliners for a Fascinator containing a huge Cymbidium Orchid stem as its centrepiece, which drew gasps from the members.
Next came the Pet shop, depicted by a large orange and green handtied bouquet in a goldfish bowl, complete with fishing line and painted ‘goldfish’ dangling from it.
There were howls of laughter when we were taken to a well-known Lingerie chain via a red and black contemporary design, with feather boa as an accessory.
Finally, we went to the Vintage shop. An ornate wire dress-form was decorated with three flowing sprays of pink and cream for the skirt, again with huge Cymbidium Orchids as the focal flowers plus stems of pink lilies, carnations, and gypsophila for a frothy effect. A traditional all-round triangle design in a planter urn completed this display.
Janine told us she plans to retire from demonstrating, and this could be her ‘swan-song’ for Roundhill. We all hope she will demonstrate for us again as a ‘one-off’ special.