Floral entries encouraged for show

Twenty-one members and interested yet-to-be members (we will work on them) came along to the Uniting Church Hall for the April 2013 Garden Club meeting.
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Two guests were also welcomed – May Clarke, our Floral Art tutor, and Noreen Pulver who is the Floral Art Steward at the Nyngan Show.

Noreen attended the meeting to encourage more entries in the Floral Art section of the Nyngan Show which is only a small section in the Wye Pavilion. Noreen gladly welcomes more entries, as the numbers are small each year.

Floral Art may be a dying art so we all have to do our bit to keep the Floral Art section alive and well at the Nyngan Show.

The Garden Club is organising markets for June 8 (long weekend) as part of the 130-year celebrations of Nyngan Railway.

Eleven stalls have been booked so far with several stallholders from Cobar also interested in attending.

The Garden Club will have a stall at the markets and maybe an entry in the parade as well.

Lots of activities are being planned for the celebration including a street parade, dinner and train rides.

Train rides will be offered on the Saturday and Sunday.

Griffith Bus Tour – there have been a couple of changes to the itinerary, as Gilgandra is no longer going on the trip.

The bus will now leave Nyngan at 7am on the Saturday morning and the wineries will not be open on the Monday.

Names are required for the bus to be booked and a deposit of $100 needs to be brought along to the May meeting (May 27).

If anyone would like to attend the dinner dance on Saturday night, an extra deposit of $10 is required.

The dinner dance includes a three-course meal with wine and juice on tables.

Christmas Hamper – it was agreed that members would contribute towards the purchase of goods ($5 each). This makes it easier to put together the hamper for the Christmas markets.

Nyngan Community Hub has been approached by businesses in the main street with the idea of having a market stall type of event for local businesses.

This will probably be held in late October or in early November to encourage locals to shop locally.

The idea was discussed at a Bogan Community Tourism and Business Group meeting and it was thought that late night shopping on a Thursday night may be the way to go.

Two suggestions were put forward for future bus trips – the Blue Mountains (and Leura) or Melbourne Flower Show.

Details of these trips will be kept for consideration. The raffle winner today was Di Donald.

The meeting ended and after a quick bite to eat and a cuppa, the Floral Art lessons began.

May passed on many tips and methods to achieve a lovely design with the One Flower Arrangement.

May’s two examples were lovely and both so different.

Tips included

o Wiping large green leaves with baby oil to give that glossy look, using bottles or flat containers and also using a tray covered with a fabric drape with added embellishments as required to complete the effect you are trying to achieve.

o Chinese Elm and Tortured Willow branches add height and extra interest to a design.

o If you are using florist’s oasis make sure none of it is visible to the judge’s eye.

o Pick flowers early in the morning and soak them well in a bucket of water.

o Also make sure the oasis brick has been well-saturated.

o Blutac or plasticine may also be used to stabilise a design but must always be applied before the addition of water to the bottle/dish etc.

o The lip of bottles and other edges must also be covered but no part of the flowers or greenery may touch the table/tray.

o Instead of vases you can also use bottles or pie plates or any other containers.

o Embellishments may be anything like fabric, ornaments, stones, shells, tools etc. Anything that adds to the design, appeal and the look you are trying to achieve.

Within a short time there were several beautiful designs on the tables. The focus was on greenery this lesson and there were many different shades and textures with some striking effects produced.

Well done to everyone and thank you very much to May for the many tips and tricks shared.

The next meeting will be held at Mary Burley’s garden on May 27 at 12pm. Please bring your lunch, a chair and deposit for the Griffith bus trip if you are attending.

Dates to remember

May 27: Meeting 12pm at “Woodlands Station”

June 24: Meeting at 18 Cathundril Street.

December 7: Christmas Carnival and Markets

Looking forward to rain, many hours of gardening and beautifying our town.

The Happy Gardener

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