The Demonstrator for our July Meeting was Graham Harmer. Our expectations were high as he is a Chelsea Gold Medallist and has arranged flowers at both Kensington and St. James’s Palaces. We were not disappointed as he created stunning arrangements using a variety of containers, interesting foliage, and flowers of harmonious colours.
Graham had been arranging flowers since he was a boy and had his own florist shop for a number of years. Now he works independently and does wedding flowers and
arrangements for prestigious venues such as Southwark Cathedral and the Mansion House. Also, he is President of his Flower Club.
Graham likes to use foliage from his garden. He had shrubs that he had cultivated over the years to ensure he had a constant supply. In his “Summer Splendour”
arrangement which comprised a “S” shape frame he used Ballota (an old favourite of flower arrangers) and Fatsia, and then Phalaenopsis Orchids,
“Aqua” pink roses and everlasting sweet peas.
Grahams final design was an arrangement in a plastic urn. He used ferns viburnum Bodnantense to create the outline and added white and pink gladioli, lilies, gypsophila, lisianthus and peonies.
Our next meeting is on 18th September. The Demonstrator will be Vijay Bhatia who will be presenting “Out of Africa.” Visitors are vey welcome.