Flower Arranging and Coffee Mornings




All members are invited to join the very supportive group of flower arrangers once a
month. Although led by Lindy Bates and Bruna Christoff, the aim is for everyone to
learn from each other. You do not need to be experienced at all as we all help and
support one another. You will learn how to interpret the title of each show class, use
appropriate plant material keeping within the measurements allowed. You will be
shown how to condition plant material to ensure the plant material is in peak condition.
We focus on the titles for the Floral Art classes for each show for some of our
sessions. This creates an opportunity to do lots of different types of arrangement from
very small to arrangements up to 3 feet tall. Basic principles for successful arranging
are explained and followed but there is every opportunity for individual flair and
creativity. It is amazing how different arrangements can be although all inspired by the
same title! Do come and have a go. We do have an account with Southeast Flowers
in Ashford where you can buy everything you need, except for flowers and greenery.
If you wish to visit Southeast Flowers ask Lindy Bates or Cathy Dalton for more
information. We will meet on the first Monday of each month from 2.00–3.30pm at
Brookside, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden. Prior to each meeting details of the
arrangements, flowers and foliage required will be emailed to those who express an
interest. To express your interest, please contact Lindy Bates on 01580 764505 or email: alanandlindybates@yahoo.co.uk
The highlight of the flower arranger’s year was taking part in St. Mildred’s Flower
Festival where we enjoyed doing the arrangements in the choir stalls and on the High
Altar. There was huge excitement when we discovered a photo of the High Altar in
the Times newspaper – and it was a very large photo!





Gardeners’ Coffee Mornings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month from April
until September. They will take place at various locations which will be announced in
the regular newsletters. It is hoped that members will meet and visit a garden and
discuss gardening problems and together find solutions. There will be no set topics,
but free flowing discussions on whatever topic members wish to discuss on the day.
Many minds are better than one. The only cost will be a small donation to help the
host or hostess pay for refreshments. A huge thank you to those members who held
Coffee Mornings in their gardens over the last year.