Roundhill Flower and Garden Club

Each year we hold ‘Members Night’ when a group of club members take on the role of demonstrating as opposed to our being entertained by a professional NAFAS demonstrator.
At Roundhill, we are very fortunate in that we have a number of highly experienced flower arrangers, some of whom are themselves demonstrators and tutors, so with that wealth of talent to draw upon, Members Night means we are in for a highly enjoyable evening.
October 2017 again proved to be such an evening, with a combination of members either flower arranging, reading poetry, or reciting humorous verse. There was also a display of floral pictures created from intricate embroidery.
The theme this year was Autumn, and its rich colours of red; copper, purple, orange, and yellow were used to maximum effect by those who created floral designs. There was a wide variety of designs, some large, others smaller. Some were in two sections and set onto tall pedestal frames, whilst others were table arrangements.
Of the twin designs, the first consisted of corresponding crescent arrangements, one placed higher than the other, making very good use of flowing plant materials to achieve the draped effect. Physalis, (Chinese Lantern) were ideal for this purpose, in addition to being automatically associated with Autumn. A variety of berries, seed heads and dried grasses were interspersed with carnations in shades of peach and dark red.
The second twin design comprised co-ordinating diagonal arrangements set at opposing angles. Dark phormium leaves, rolled at the ends, emphasised the outline whilst the centre of each section was filled with a variety of flowers and foliages. Garden flowers such as red/purple fuchsia, cerise penstemon, and red dahlia were mixed with bright orange gerbera, scarlet roses, and deep red chrysanthemum.
One table arrangement was a traditional triangular style, it using red gladioli for rear height, followed by dried grasses which in turn lead to a placement of deep red alstroemeria to one side, and glowing yellow/orange variegated roses the other. Base foliage was large fatsia leaves with smaller line foliage in between.
The large table arrangement depicted the poem ‘Autumn Fires’. Differing heights of purple phormium alongside gladioli in red, orange and cream represented the licking flames, whilst the inner glow was portrayed by a mixture of orange pincushion protea, large copper chrysanthemum; yellow lily buds, apricot alstroemeria, and smaller yellow chrysanthemum. Eryngium gave that hint of blue, all set amongst purple cotinus and fronted by two undulating wooden branches. Intertwined battery operated lights completed the effect.
Amongst the readings were old favourites such as ‘The Diary of a Church Mouse’, plus the hilarious ‘Gardener’s Hymn’ (All Things Spray and Swatable), its alternative words set to the classic, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’.
A lot of hard work went into planning and implementing this lovely evening of entertainment, which was very well received and greatly appreciated by all members in the audience.