Roundhill Flower and Garden Club

In the sense that it is worth trying something new, Eleanor Landy, our demonstrator for the January meeting, is a trainee who is in the process of preparing to take her NAFAS demonstrator’s test. She lives in Nottinghamshire.
Although currently classed as a ‘trainee’ she is nonetheless a very competent flower arranger capable of producing a full and entertaining demonstration with a number of floral designs that accurately interpret the theme of its title.
In this instance, her title was ‘Let’s Party’. It was a combination of different occasions for which a party is likely to be held, with the style, colours and plant materials of each individual design being inspired by the specific event.
We were taken to an outdoor barbeque; a golf club ‘Captain’s Day’; a cheese & wine party; a candle-lit dinner party; and finally to a design suitable for a wedding buffet table.
With flowers in shades of pink, a colour synonymous with weddings, the main part of this two-piece arrangement sat on top of a tall, textured pedestal vase.
Roses and anthurium were used amidst foliages including fatsia japonica; trimmed kentia palms, plus aucuba japonica, with its yellow spots adding brightness to the centre of the design.
The grey colour of the vase was replicated by dried poppy seed heads sprayed with the same colour of matt paint. A small posy design lay at the base of the pedestal.
Of course, while creating all these designs Eleanor was speaking to her audience, describing techniques and plant materials, along with her love of gardening plus the story of how she came into flower arranging and now demonstrating.
As longstanding demonstrators retire from the circuit, new ones are very much needed by NAFAS, and members of Roundhill wish Eleanor every success when she next takes her Area test.