Janine from Village Florist, Stockton Heath gave us a fascinating demonstration of Floristry, with a theme of Easter for her displays. Using interesting containers ranging from an egg shape pot to a beautiful wickerwork basket, and beautiful flowers predominantly from the green, blue, white and yellow spectrum, she showed us how to create a framework of foliage and then add feature flowers to provide height and width. Some of her arrangements featured ‘pussy willow’ twigs and twisted hazel stems which she used to great effect, and explained that, if these are dried out, they can last for a long time.
As she worked, she gave a fascinating insight into her long and varied career working with plants and flowers in markets, garden centres and florists. She described herself as a florist, rather than a flower arranger – the difference between the two became particularly clear when she told us about shutting herself away for several days as she created hundreds of bouquets/arrangements for Mother’s Day. Janine generously donated the several displays she produced as our raffle prizes
Recent County and Group events included a meeting addressing Climate Change, the Group meeting where the highly entertaining and professional Judith Hibbert amused us with her singing repertoire ‘Around the Wireless’, and the Darts League and County Competition where our team excelled this year. Planned activities include our May outing to Menai and Llandudno, a visit to Sainsbury’s, our Group Spring Lunch and the regular walking and book club meetings. The Bowls team will begin their season later this month.
A highlight of our summer plans is our Garden Party in aid of the WI Denman College which will take place on Sat 24th June
A busy meeting, showing just how what a wide variety of activities are available to members of Whitley WI, new members are always made most welcome.