Flower Design Committee
There are only five spots left for the Floral Design 101 Workshop on Wednesday, February 25. If you would like to attend, please send a check for $175 made out to the Garden Club of Santa Barbara to Betsy Coates.
***Floral Design Tip of the Month***
With the holidays just around the corner, here is an idea for an arrangement that will bring the spirit of the season to your home.
*Select a round container and place two thick and strong rubber bands around the middle of it.
*Insert either well-soaked floral foam (raised about 1" higher than the container edge), chicken wire, or curly willow into the container.
*Place the container on a turntable as it will make the arranging process easier.
*Make a rounded arrangement of white flowers (white roses work particularly well), holly and/or hypericum berries.
*If using as a table centerpiece, adjust the size of the container and height of the arrangement.
*Once your arrangement is completed, slip WRAPPED red and white or green and white striped candy canes under the rubber bands.
*Tie a wide, wired red, white, or green ribbon into a bow around the container so rubber bands are covered.
And, just like that, you will have created a festive floral arrangement to enjoy in your home!
Attending a GCA flower show is an eye-popping, and eye-pleasing experience. Two clubs in Zone XII will be having flower shows in the near future and all divisions are open to exhibitors from GCA clubs. Hillsborough Garden Club will be hosting one April 23-24 and The Honolulu Garden Club will be hosting a GCA Major Flower Show May 8-10. While it would be fun to go to the one in Honolulu, it would certainly be easier to caravan up to Hillsborough to see the show, and cheer on those of you who enter. Road trip, anyone?!!
For more information about these shows and seeing each show's schedule, go to the GCA website, click on Flower Shows, and follow the prompts. Also, while in the Flower Shows category, scroll down to the Floral Design Sub Committee. There, you will find photos of floral arrangements with explanations about the various styles. The GCA website is truly a source of valuable information.