As everyone is well aware we are living in very difficult unpredictable times, hopefully all members and friends are safe and well.
Following Guidelines and taking a number of factors into consideration and in order to give notice to Demonstrators the decision has been taken to cancel all Demonstrations for the remainder of 2020.
The Clubs priority is everyone’s safety and wellbeing and further updates will be given as soon as possible.
The Committee send good wishes to all our members and friends.
SAFAS has arranged a Virtual Flower Show for your enjoyment and a bit of fun, Enjoy! Stay safe and well until we are able to meet again.
Class 1 "Sweet Delight" A Petite Exhibit
Class 2 "Lazy Hazy Days of Summer"
Class 3 "Time For Texture" Tapestry/Pave Exhibit
Class 4 "Pzazz" An Exhibit not using foam
Class 5 "Fever Pitch"
Class 6 "Rainbow"
Junior Class Collage
Send a Photo of your exhibit to email@example.com accompanied by your Name, Class and Club. If you do not wish your details to appear on social media, that is absolutely fine – please make a note of this on your email.
Entries will be shown on Friends of SAFAS Facebook page and the SAFAS webpage.
All entries to reach Margaret Scott before the 22nd July and any enquiries telephone 01738 710399.
This is not a competition, it will therefore not be judged, purely for everyone's enjoyment. You may enter as many classes as you wish.
Happy Flower Arranging!
Following on from NAFAS recommendations and Government guidelines pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID - 19) all Demonstrations are cancelled until further notice.
Club Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone to the Clubs Annual Fun with Friends night which took place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 26th February, this year it incorporated "Our Good Cause" Fund Raiser which was a fantastic raffle thanks to the generosity of the many donors.
Fiona after reading out some intimations introduced Rebecca Stewart and Vivian Stephens from "Kirklands House & Garden" Kirkoswald, who kindly agreed to come along and share their gardening knowledge for this occasion.
Rebecca and Vivian in tandem demonstrated how to plant up baskets explaining that you don’t always need to use annuals but you have to be aware of the type of plants suitable for Coastal gardens, they planted with herbs, alpines, bulbs, all the while talking and imparting their knowledge and answering questions from the audience. They also brought along various plants and bulbs which were for sale and soon bought up as the Demonstration ended. Helen Walker was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to the ladies for giving such an informative, enjoyable, colourful demonstration.
Fiona then asked Rebecca and Vivian to draw the raffle which had a great array of prizes resulting in a lot of happy people going home with prizes ranging from a planter, afternoon tea, bird feeder, voucher and various other wonderful prizes.
The Club greatly appreciate and give thanks for the generosity of all the donors on this special night, proceeds will be given to a local charity/ charities decided on by committee after nominations by members.
The most enjoyable, social evening concluded by Fiona inviting everyone to enjoy a delicious supper prepared and served by the committee. The next demonstration will be on Wednesday 25h March featuring Marlyn Thomson from Cumnock with her demonstration entitled "Walking into Spring".
The Clubs first Demonstration of 2020 took place in Girvan Community Centre, Dalrymple Street on Wednesday 22nd January.
Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone wishing them well for 2020, she went on to give some information on "Friends Night" on 26th February.
Fiona then welcomed and introduced award winning Demonstrator Christine Logan from Alloway with her Demonstration entitled "It’s Taking Part That Counts".
Christine started by giving the audience an insight into her start in Flower Arranging, a basket, which she declared "wasn’t very good", that may have been then but certainly not now as the audience could testify. Christine ably assisted in the background by her talented friend Caroline took us on a journey which stemmed from her desire "to take part", we journeyed through various Countries with designs replicated from competitions at various Flower Shows she had entered. Using her favourite stands and containers one stunning arrangement appeared after another, Gerbera, Anthurium, Bells of Ireland, Roses and a great variety of foliage all giving texture and movement. It may have been dark, cold and gloomy outside but it was the opposite inside, Sunshine Yellow and White being the predominant colours but the warmth was from the laughter and applause echoing as Christine entertained the audience with her intermittent commentary and her love of flowers emanating throughout her demonstration which was both inspirational and encouraging for everyone "to take part" in the future.
Fiona called upon Margaret Findlay to give a well deserved vote of thanks before, as is the norm, asking Christine to draw the raffle for all her arrangements, delighting the winning ticket holders. Everyone was then invited to enjoy a cup of tea.
Arrangements are in hand for "The Fun With Friends" night on 26th February. Rebecca from "Kirklands" Kirkoswald will be the guest Speaker/Demonstrator. As this will be the Clubs Good Cause night, there will be a number of excellent raffle prizes to be won.
The Club’s Annual Open Evening which always puts the audience in Festive Mode, took place in Girvan Academy Theatre on Wednesday 27th November. Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed the large audience before introducing NAFAS Area Demonstrator Julia Loudon from Earlston, who was On Tour with her Demonstration "Midwinter Magic".
Julia began by giving the audience an insight into her Garden discussing her trees and inspiration they gave her, this was the theme of her first arrangement with the autumn colours of Garnet Cala Lilies, Hydrangea, Bells of Ireland and you could almost smell the aroma from her description of Dried Apple rings as she put them in place. Moving onto how much pleasure Frost and Ice forming gives her with her container perfect for the Silver Twigs, Palms, Eustoma & Roses. There may have been Cool Colours used but Julia’s cheerful disposition and stories of her comedy of errors warmed everyone as she started the next arrangement with Traditional Christmas Colours, Ilex, Red Carnations, Anthuriums, Gerberas before the Green of Anastasia Chrysanthemums, we then went on a most enjoyable Sleigh Ride with Chocolate Frosted Roses adorning the centre piece and the traditional flowers surrounding them.
The final arrangement was her wonderful Snow Angel festooned with stunning white Orchids and Roses, like all of her arrangements the foliage used, the finishing touches of twinkling lights and containers depicted her theme perfectly as the audience certainly experienced and thoroughly enjoyed Julia’s inspirational "Midwinter Magic" Demonstration.
Keeping the Traditional Theme, Vice Chairperson Liz Gillon was called upon to give a well earned Vote of Thanks to Julia for her fun filled commentary and inspiring demonstration, again as norm Julia was invited to draw the raffle for all her beautiful arrangements.
Fiona then thanked Girvan Academy Staff, Lighting Operator Pupil Zander Morris, Girvan Pet Store and Volunteers for their assistance before thanking the audience for attending and supporting the Club, everyone was then invited to enjoy refreshments in the Cafeteria.
The next Demonstration takes place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd. January 2020 and features Christine Logan from Alloway.
Wednesday 23rd October was the Clubs second demonstration of the Season, Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone before introducing NAFAS Demonstrator Sara Barrow who was "On Tour" from Longbridge, Preston where she has a Flower Shop named "Flowers with Passion". It soon became apparent throughout Sara’s Demonstration that flowers were definitely her passion, what a fabulous demonstration the audience were treated to. It may have been cold and wet outside but Sara soon had the audience feeling the warmth with her Demonstration entitled "When East meets West".
Sara assisted by her husband Carl, took everyone on a wonderful family journey, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Mexico, Spain all interspersed with adventurous stories and fitting interludes of music finally arriving in Scotland with a rousing rendition of "Scotland the Brave" playing as she set the stage with all her beautiful arrangements.
Orchids of various species, Chinese Lanterns, Cala Lilies, Anthuriums, Pin Cushion Protea, Bird of Paradise, Gerbera, Eryngium to name but a few along with her choices of unusual wonderful foliage made for an enthralling, vibrant Gold Medal Winning Demonstration. Sara is most worthy of all her accolades and medals as told by Janice McGeechan in her most eloquent vote of thanks. Sara was then asked to draw the raffle for all the Beautiful arrangements, delighting some and disappointing others as is the norm for raffles.
The evening finished with Fiona inviting everyone to enjoy a cup of tea.
The Clubs annual "Open Evening" takes place in Girvan Academy Theatre on Wednesday 27th November at 7.15 p.m. and features Julia London from Earlston. Tickets £6 are available from committee members.
Wednesday 25th September saw the start of the Clubs new season, Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone saying how pleasing it was to see so many at the first Demonstration. Fiona went on to congratulate all those who took part in various shows over the summer, she also thanked the volunteers who do Church and Hospital Flowers inviting others to think about adding their names to rotas.
The Club over the years donates to a designated charity and the previous seasons chosen recipient was BRICC Care Agency, Lynne McIlwraith representative was invited to receive a Cheque for £110 and give a short talk on all entailed in the organisation.
Fiona then proceeded to introduce Demonstrator Ada Paul from Ayr with her Demonstration entitled "In the Mood with Wood".
Ada opened her Demonstration by saying how welcoming the Club was and gave a brief description of how the title would unfold in each arrangement.
This certainly was the case, not only did the audience get the "Mood" with the wood of different shapes, sizes and textures but with the vibrancy of flowers, foliage and adornments in all six arrangements with the last one taking us into the Halloween Season with the swinging witch with her "Tackety Boots" clanging on the stand as Ada swirled the design of warm autumn colours of Carnations, Gerbera and Gladioli around.
It wasn’t the witch who held the audience spellbound it was Ada with her stories her talent and her overall demeanour, making for a most enjoyable, entertaining night for all as explained in the vote of thanks given by Liz Gregg.
Ada was invited to draw the raffle tickets for all the stunning arrangements making for some smiling faces carrying them home.
The next Demonstration takes place on Wednesday 23rd October and features Sandra Barrow On Tour from Preston with her Demonstration entitled "When East meets West".
Club Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone to the Clubs final event of the Season on Wednesday 26th of June in Girvan Community Centre and what a wonderful Finale to a most enjoyable Season.
Fiona introduced Maybole Concert Party, who started with a Medley which had the audience tapping their feet, singing along and "Surfing with The Beach Boys" before the Classic rendition of "Memory from the Musical Cats" following on was a graceful quartet of Ballet Dancers with their interpretation of "Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Little Swans", then from the sublime! the next sketch involved a hilarious meeting of two friends having a good gossip. The closing Medley had the audience once again joining in "Singing in the Rain’, "Singing the Blues", to name but a few before a beautiful arrangement of "Skyfall" and then closing with "Thank You for The Music".
Anna Ferguson was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to this "Multi Talented Group of Ladies". Following on the Raffles were drawn, the proceeds (£110) of the first Raffle were going to the Clubs chosen charity, which this year was BRICC, the normal Club Raffle was then drawn and numerous prizes handed out before Fiona thanked everyone for coming along saying she hoped to see all of them when the Club resumes in September, she then invited everyone to enjoy the refreshments prepared by the committee.
Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed everyone to the Clubs AGM on Wednesday 22nd May in Girvan Community Centre, after business was discussed and badges handed over to new Chairperson Fiona Robertson and Vice Chairperson Liz Gillon, Helen introduced NAFAS Area Demonstrator Wendy Smith who was on Tour from Durham.
"A Bit of This & A Bit of That" was the title chosen by Wendy for her demonstration and it certainly lived up to its title with her choice of containers having been remodelled with a bit of this and a bit of that making them personal to her, Wendy also imparted some tips as she produced an array of beautiful arrangements ranging from delicate pastel shades of Eustoma, Stocks and Tulips to the vibrant colours of the exotic Proteas, Leucospermum and Cala Lilies, truly an inspiring demonstration from a very talented knowledgeable Demonstrator.
Janice McGeechan in her own inimitable style gave a well deserved vote of thanks before Wendy was asked to draw the raffle for all her arrangements.
The Clubs final event of the Season on Wednesday 26th June takes the form of an evenings entertainment by Maybole Concert Party. Tickets (£4) which includes refreshments are on sale from Committee Members.
Club Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed members & visitors to the penultimate Demonstration of the Season held in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 24th April.
Making her first visit to the Club was Demonstrator Shamima Hasan from Glasgow who explained to the audience the reasoning behind the title of her demonstration "Memory Lane". They were all her memories and her depiction in each arrangement conveyed the feeling beautifully to everyone, from her time in India to being into her third decade before seeing and touching snow, onto the heat of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and finishing with the wonderful memory of being a Mother with a beautiful vase gifted by her daughter setting the final arrangement to perfection.
Shamima’s choice of exotic Strelitzia, Cymbidium & Philaenopsis Orchids, Avalanche Roses, vibrant Lilies along with the texture and variety of her foliage made for most attractive pleasing arrangements and certainly kindled the audiences own memories.
Margaret Findlay gave the vote of thanks before Helen asked Shamima to draw the raffle resulting in fortunate ladies taking home resplendent arrangements along with the memory of there beginning.
Helen closed the evening by reminding everyone the next Demonstration on Wednesday 22nd May incorporates the AGM at 7 p.m. Wendy Smith on Tour from Durham will be the Demonstrator.
The NAFAS national flower arranging day which aims to promote fun & friendship through flowers takes place on Friday 3rd May. The Club will be taking part in this by committee members placing Bouquets around Girvan & District inviting members of the public to enjoy them by taking the Bouquets home. Look out for them and enjoy!
The theme of the Clubs March Demonstration given by NAFAS Area Demonstrator Patti Dawson from Penrith was "Everything in the Garden". Before introducing Patti, Club Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed the audience and updated them on forthcoming Club events namely the AGM taking place in May asking members to consider volunteering for the committee. The NAFAS National Flower Arranging day takes place on Friday 3rd May and as in previous years the committee will be making Floral Bouquets to leave around the Local District as gifts, labels are available for any members wishing to do likewise. Helen then introduced Patti to the audience.
"Everything in the Garden" certainly lived up to the title given by Patti who went on to give a most informative, inspiring demonstration beginning with her water feature with Bear Grass and Crystal Beads depicting water droplets, her use of Bio degradable foam, foraging clematis and her use of moss with water tubes in her arrangements making the audience aware of caring for the environment by making use of natural materials. Patti chatted whilst producing beautiful arrangements raising laughter when lifting a plank of wood she said " you can always have a stir fry when the flowers are finished with this one" and what a feast she produced, Peppers, Onions, Sweetcorn, Broccoli, Roses, Gloriosa Lilies, Wallflower to name but a few, certainly a most effective "Everything in the Garden" Demonstration.
Vice Chair Fiona Robertson was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks before Helen asked Patti to draw the raffle for all the stunning arrangements. As is the norm the evening finished with tea being available for everyone.
Wednesday 24th April is the next Demonstration featuring Shamima Hasan from Glasgow.
Wednesday 27th February was the Clubs Annual Friends Evening in Girvan Community Centre. Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed the large audience before introducing Brian Young of Holmes Farm Plants, Drybridge, Irvine, who would give a talk, slide show and demonstration of potting plants in containers.
Brian by way of introduction professed himself to be a self taught "plantaholic" who gradually took over more and more of his parents garden which he would show in the following slide show "Holmes Farm Plants from the beginning".
Brian's knowledge and enthusiasm of all things botanical certainly held the audiences attention and kept their minds ticking over with plans for their own plots irrespective of size. Following the slide show, Brian proceeded to demonstrate and give ideas on the use of containers and plants to achieve all year round results, the audience were given the opportunity to ask any questions and also to buy some of the beautiful and unusual plants brought along by Brian.
Liz Gregg was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to Brian, expressing the amazement of how the Latin names of plants tripped of his tongue so easily.
To close what had been a truly inspiring, informative, friendly evening, the committee served a delicious light supper to everyone.
Forthcoming events: Fiona Wilson of Fiofin Designs continues Floral Art classes in The Catholic Hall on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.
Wednesday 27th March at 7.15 p.m. in Girvan Community Centre, Patti Dawson on tour from Penrith will give her "Everything in the Garden" demonstration.