June 2009 - New Caithness Floral Art Club Web Site
Ruby Anniversary for Caithness Floral Art Club - June 2009
Floral Art Club celebrated their 40th Anniversary in June with a Buffet
Meal followed by a demonstration at The Weigh Inn in Thurso. Founding
Chairman Pam Ord and Elizabeth Donald, a former chairman, joined club
members and their guests to mark the event.
After the meal Pam Ord cut the birthday cake and Elizabeth Donald
proposed a toast to the club. Linda Soutar, 2nd Vice President of SAFAS,
followed this with a demonstration entitled ‘Celebrations’. 5 beautiful
arrangements were made depicting significant anniversaries culminating
in a spectacular red arrangement for the Ruby Anniversary of the club.
The new club website has a photo gallery of this year’s arrangements.
Some Like It Hot - April 2009
McKenna, from Dundee, brought a sizzling display of flower arranging to
the April meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club with her title 'Some
Like It Hot', a tribute to the film starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon
and Tony Curtis. Pink roses for Sugar Kane, a very stylist musical
interpretation for the 'boys', 3 placements in green and white depicting
snowy Chicago skyscrapers, a 'Hot' arrangement suggesting exotic Florida
blooms, a linear composition for the sea and beach and for her finale
the setting sun with the lovers sailing off in their yacht.
Flowers In D Minor - March 2009
Amanda Coghill chose Flowers in D Minor as the title for her
demonstration for the March meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club.
The first arrangement illustrated Pachelbel's Canon in D Major with
flowers placed on the riverbank. The second took Beethoven's Moonlight
Sonata as the inspiration with a starry sky drape linking flowers
reflected in the lake. Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Summer gave us bright
summer flowers standing tall in the sunlight with the second placement
flattened by the rain! Finally Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake was portrayed
using silver twigs, mini gerberas and roses frothed out with gypsophila.
Her audience enjoyed listening to the pieces of music while Amanda
worked on her designs.
Inspired By.......November 2008
Irving from Northumberland journeyed to Thurso for the final
demonstration of the year of the Caithness Floral Art Club. The
inspirations for her arrangements were the colours in the landscape
around Hexham, her enjoyment of classical guitar music, solving word
puzzles, a memorable sunset in Santa Fe and her love of flowers.
Gems With Stems - October 2008
Paul from Ayr made her first visit to Caithness for the October meeting
of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Six very stylish arrangements were
made to illustrate her title Gems with Stems. Her enthusiasm for flower
arranging was obvious as was her eye for colour and form as shown by the
different textures and colour combinations she used.
Flowers and Ferlies - September 2008
Halkett from Llanbryde made six lovely contemporary floral arrangements
at the September meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her
definition of ferlie as a marvel, a curiosity or an unexpected chance
find gave her inspiration for each design.
Global Extravaganza - August 2008
Caithness Floral Art Club were delighted to welcome
Sharon Stevenson from the Flower Shop in Thurso to demonstrate for them.
Using a lovely selection of blooms, some sprayed to fit her theme, along
with a wide variety of florists' foliage Sharon made arrangements
entitled Antarctica, Mexico, China, South Africa and Egypt to give us
her interpretation of a Global Extravaganza.
Nature's Palette - June 2008
A welcome return visit by Irene Parker from Hexham helped
Caithness Floral Art Club celebrate their 39th Birthday. This talented
flower arranger with her clever use of both colours and interesting
foliages beautifully illustrated Nature's Palette to an appreciative
Melody Time - May 2008
Moyra Turnbull from Crieff, SAFAS Education Officer
enjoyed a return to Caithness in May to demonstrate to the Caithness
Floral Art Club. Her title Melody Time was illustrated in mainly
monochromatic arrangements. Candle in the Wind, Goldfinger, Teddy Bears'
Picnic, Anyone Who Had a Heart, and Congratulations were the well known
song titles the audience had to guess.
Diversity Of Art - April 2008
Ferguson from Kirkcaldy, an international demonstrator and judge,
revisited Thurso for the April meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club.
Vera's designs depicting the Diversity of Art used a colourful range of
seasonal flowers along with orchids, anthuriums, lisianthus, alstromeria,
sunflowers and gerberas. Vera always brings unusual craft pieces with
her to use along with her flower arrangements. This time several
collages complemented her striking arrangements.
Caithness My Home - March 2008
Caithness My Home was the title chosen by Amanda Coghill from Wick for
the March demonstration of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Using large
posters of scenes she had photographed as her inspiration she
illustrated the Dounreay dome, a sunset at Loch More, rural Caithness at
the Loch of Yarrows, a cascade of flowers for the Latheronwheel
coastline and the windmills beside the Causewaymire. Once again Amanda
brought unfamiliar plant materials to use in her arrangements -
Craspedia and Asclepias - 'Moby Dick'.
Season Of Candlelight - November 2007
Goldsworthy from Stonehaven's title Season of Candlelight enabled her to
the use a varied colour palette in her arrangements for the Caithness
Floral Art Club. Autumn, Fireworks, Firelight, A Frosty Garden, A
Christmas present and Christmas were depicted utilising a beautiful
selection of flowers and foliage.
Nature's Bounty - October 2007
Reid from Cupar brought Nature's Bounty to Caithness with her
demonstration to Caithness Floral Art Club. Lovely colour combinations
along with attractive shapes in her foliage resulted in five
The Glory Of The Garden - September 07
Glory of the Garden was the title chosen by Evelyn Young from Dundee,
SAFAS Area Demonstrator and past Chairman of SAFAS, who revisited the
Caithness Floral Art Club this month. Using a wide range of foliages,
flower colours and some fruit and mini vegetables Evelyn's arrangements
depicted a summer garden, a winter garden, a vegetable garden, a rose
garden and an autumn garden. Evelyn had searched the internet to find
sayings related to gardens which she shared with her audience during the
evening. A garden is a friend you can visit any time. If you want to be
happy for a lifetime plant a garden.
Fun With Flowers - August 2007
Chalmers from Contin gave the Caithness Floral Art Club a demonstration
entitled Fun with Flowers. Using holiday visits to animal research
projects in South Africa and Botswana and experimenting with plant
materials Diana made 5 designs. She interpreted African Spotted Wild
dogs ready for release into the wild, a leopard up a tree with its kill
with hyenas waiting below, a group of elephants, children safe behind
the fence in an orphans’ village and Zulu Nguni cattle whose hides have
a symmetrical pattern.
Dreams - June 2007
Grieves, from Brampton in Cumbria, shared some of her dreams with us.
Visiting castles, being a ballerina, finding a treasure chest, relaxing
somewhere hot by the sea and visiting the National Flower Arranging Show
were those she chose to illustrate with flowers. Club members then
enjoyed a piece of the excellent birthday cake celebrating 38 years
What A Wonderful World - May 2007
Phimister, an Area Demonstrator from Edinburgh, brought a contemporary
style of flower arranging to the May meeting of the Caithness Floral Art
Club. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment in sharing her love of flowers with
her audience shone through. As a prize-winning flower arranger at
national level she shared tips to help those who enjoy the competitive
side of flower arranging. Maureen took as her theme the song “What a
Wonderful World.” Each arrangement reflected a segment of the song.
That's Entertainment - April 2007
John Dalton from Carlisle made a welcome return visit to Thurso for
the April meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club. John used a lovely
selection of flowers including orchids, anthuriums, molucella, viburnum
and gerberas along with a wide variety of foliage textures. An
appreciative audience listened to his stories and jokes while enjoying
his floral arrangements.
Colour Lights Up The World - March
Amanda Coghill from Wick demonstrated for the March meeting of the
Caithness Floral Art Club. Her arrangements showed us some of the latest
trends in floristry. Using foliage types with different form, texture
and colour to highlight her choice of flowers she achieved her goal of
creating something totally different. Amanda rounded off the evening by
placing tiny coloured lights in the finished arrangements.
The Holly And The Ivy - November 2006
Annette Stoker from Inverness entertained the Caithness
Floral Art club with a demonstration entitled The Holly and the Ivy.
Each arrangement contained either holly berries or a variety of ivy
leaves. Her arrangements hinted at Christmas to come with baubles and
tiny lights bringing seasonal touches to her display.
The club has no more meetings until March 2007
Gifts Of Silence - October 2006
Chandler from Newton Stewart made a welcome return visit to Thurso to
demonstrate to the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her title Gifts of Silence
referred to the fact that flowers and foliage contribute to the visual
sense and gave her scope to use shape, form and texture in a variety of
colour combinations to make six very pleasing arrangements with most of
the foliage coming from her own garden.
Inspired By - September 2006
Floral Art Club welcomed Isabel Greenaway from Kirkcaldy making a return
visit to Thurso. Her title Inspired by…. gave her scope to give each
arrangement a distinctive colour palette using a wide mixture of foliage
and flowers. Covent Garden, Fana Folklore Bergen, Whisky Distilling, the
Carnival in Venice and the Azure window in Gozo were her chosen
Fun With Flowers - August 2006
Slobom, a member of the Sutherland Floral Art Club, demonstrated this
month for the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her title Fun with Flowers
allowed her to show what could be done with easily available flowers.
Her arrangements were ably executed in sizes suitable to fit any home.
An Enchanted Birthday - June 2006
Caithness Floral Art Club celebrated its 37th birthday with a
demonstration by Rosalind Walker from Driffield. Her title Enchantment
gave her plenty of scope to indulge in delightful flower combinations
that were enhanced by her choice of containers. She brought with her
some of the newer varieties of roses available from florists and a
lovely selection of Hostas from her own garden. After completing her
arrangements Rosalind cut the birthday cake that was then enjoyed by all
The Plant Hunters - May 2006
Plant Hunters was the theme when Hazel Hall from York gave a very
informative demonstration to the Caithness Floral Art Club.
Using a wide variety of foliages along with a lovely array of flowers
she created six arrangements in tribute to the exploits of
Frank Kingdon Ward and
David Douglas, showcasing their introductions from around the
globe to our rich plant heritage.
At This Time Of Year - April 2006
Dalton travelled from Carlisle to give the Caithness Floral Art Club a
demonstration called At This Time of Year. A stunning selection of
flowers and foliage was used to make five beautiful arrangements that
were raffled afterwards. John kept everyone entertained with his stories
of triumphs and mishaps during his years as a flower arranger.
An Element Of Colour
- March 2006
Eileen Barraclough from Shipley braved the
snow on her journey north to get Caithness Floral Art Club off to a
flying start for 2006 with her demonstration entitled An Element of
Colour. Using a wide variety of plant materials both in foliage and
flowers she showed how colour can lift the spirits and enhance our
lives. Eileen had plenty of useful tips about preparing plant materials
for use, even showing how to plait a Kentia palm.
Nostalgic Christmas - November 2005
Millar from Monifieth shared a Nostalgic Christmas with the Caithness
Floral Art Club. An Advent ring followed by an Alternative Christmas
tree preceded a visit to Canada, memories of Christmas with a favourite
aunt with the Finale a candlelit arrangement. Staged with lovely fabrics
and containers to a musical accompaniment Patsy certainly got us in the
mood to start our own Christmas preparations.
A Touch Of The Tropics - October
Irene Parker from Northumberland brought a touch of the Tropics to
Caithness when she demonstrated at the October meeting of the Caithness
Floral Art Club. Her title Flower Passion allowed her to choose a
selection of exotic blooms. Cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, heliconia,
anthuriums and mini gerberas were combined with Shamrock chrysanthemums,
Montenegro lilies, alstromeria, roses, carnations, lilies, dyed grevilla
leaves and bold shaped foliage to make some stunning arrangements. Among
her inspirations were a visit to Japan, Indian saris and Gaugin’s
Dancing With Flowers
A most entertaining evening was enjoyed by the Caithness Floral Art Club
when Lynda Fraser, from Carlisle, gave a demonstration called Dancing
First a Polka from the King and I evoked the exotic from Thailand, next
a waltz from the musical Carousel executed in delicate colours. Dancing
among the chimney pots with Bert and the children from Mary Poppins was
followed by the BBC’s Come Dancing complete with glittering orbs.
Scottish country dancing with a touch of tartan made a vibrant impact
before the finale, a Floral Dance complete with maypole.
Members Creations August 2005
August Meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club saw committee members
stepping up to arrange flowers with the title Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow. 8 arrangements, in varying styles, were made during the
evening with 3 others done earlier for inclusion in the raffle.
Demonstration by Mr John Thexton from Cumbria -
June the Floral Art Club celebrated its 36th birthday with a
demonstration by Mr John Thexton from Cumbria. In June the Floral Art
Club celebrated its 36th birthday with a demonstration by Mr John
Thexton from Cumbria. While creating large and varied
arrangements, in both traditional and modern styles, he kept the
audience entertained with a continuous flow of stories and helpful tips.
At seven feet tall, his final design brought a touch of summer and a
taste of an English country garden to a rather grey Caithness evening.
Inspired By Artists - May 2005
Buchan from Crieff gave the Caithness Floral Art Club a demonstration
entitled Inspired by Artists. The Dutch Masters, Garden Designers,
Modern seascape artist John Lowrie Morrison, Monet’s garden at Giverny,
Floral Artists and Beatrix Potter were those she chose to illustrate.
Anne encouraged members to advance their arranging skills by trying
newer trends in Floral Art.
Stoker, now chair person of the Inverness Club, made a welcome return to
Thurso for the April meeting of the Caithness Floral Art Club. Her
demonstration entitled Meanderings was a series of Contemporary Designs
that took us from Scotland to Italy, Malaysia, South Africa and
Yorkshire. Mrs Stoker arranged a colourful assortment of flowers and
foliage, which reflected the countries she was portraying, using
accessories gathered during her travels.
Focus On Fun -
Floral Art Club began its 2005 programme on Thursday when Kate Kerr, a
National Demonstrator, from Dumfries gave us a demonstration called
Focus on Fun. Her contemporary floral designs used a variety of flowers,
colours and foliages in each arrangement. Whether a novice or
experienced flower arranger, everyone spent a most enjoyable evening
watching Kate work and listening to her entertaining stories.
C Is for Christmas
- Nov 2004