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Flower Festival Amateur Flower Arranging Competition

With the annual Flower Festival in full swing, today was the turn of the amateur flower arrangers, and this year two ladies from the Holy Trinity Church Flower Team took part.

With a theme based on ‘Magical Madeira,’ Kate and Sam decided to do something a little different from their normal work.

Kate, having coerced her husband Martin into building a Porto Santo ferry lookalike, her arrangement took in the full spectrum of the island’s hot colours and seasonal favourites such as Anthuriums, Protea, and Torres do Açuca.  The ship resplendent in port holes, anchors, mast and figurehead created quite a stir, especially with children and shipping enthusiasts, who were a little more interested in the structure than the arrangement.

Not to be outdone, Sam created the floating island of Madeira with an array of flowers, only using a vase and water instead of oasis and a container.  The idea, she said, was to create a picture of Madeira as an island with a ship leaving carrying Madeira’s embolic flowers across the ocean.

Having sighed a sigh of relief at completing the task, both ladies agreed that it was great to be invited back again, and that as always the atmosphere in the tent was fantastic, as it was eyes down and let’s get to work while the general public had the opportunity to watch several arrangements being created before their eyes.

Sam and Kate would like to express their thanks to the organisers who were so kind, helpful and encouraging.  Although Sam did say that before she embarks on a bouquet of epic proportions again she’ll do a practice run first after she’d managed to tie her fingers to the arrangement!

Samantha Gannon

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