British Master Florists at Hadlow, Saturday, 30th July, 2011 - UPDATED

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The outstanding land-based college, Hadlow College, Kent hosted a spectacular floral demonstration by the British Master Florists. Each of these British Master Florists exudes passion and enthusiasm for floristry and working with nature which is evident in what they do and their discussions throughout their performance. Tina Aram MDPF, Neil Bain MDPF and Linda Searle MDPF all teach floristry, Catherine Carter MDPF runs her own floristry business.

A splendid evening of entertainment for the many attendees in the audience, the floristry demonstration was delivered in two halves; two of the British Master Florists on stage together for each half showing several of their own floral creations. During the interval guests were served refreshments and a buffet, which gave them time to view to the floral designs and speak with the British Master Florists.

The first half saw Catherine Carter MDPF and Linda Searle MDPF display a range of diverse floral designs including floral umbrellas, wired wedding bouquets and accessories, displays with and without structures. The latter part of the floristry demonstration showcased floral creations by Tina Aram MDPF and Neil Bain MDPF which included prospectus, hand tied floral designs, wedding bouquets and accessories and floral arrangements incorporating structures in unusual mediums.

A number of the designs used varieties of Chrysanthemums grown and supplied by Deliflor, a breeder and propagator in Holland. The British Master Florists and audience were privileged as several new varieties were shown including Anastasia Mint and Anastasia Pink Mint. Also showcased in the demonstration were trustworthy favourites like Zembla Lime, Rossano and Stellini which always receive comments and compliments from the designers and the audience. Other flowers included were Agapanthus, Ageratum, Anthuriums, Astilbe, Echinacea, Echinops and Roses with a vast range of foliages and grasses. The range of floral designs included different mechanics and mediums, showing that floral design can be imaginative and creative by developing the driver and inspiration for a floral display. It can be seen clearly that the British Master Florists explore using different materials including paper, wires and wax, some incorporated test tubes, phials covered in stem tapes and a design even fused Roses with decorative wires, lametta and a bathroom fixing that would normally be seen on a wash basin. 

Each floral design expressed the unique style of each designer allowing them to show their own flair, skill and knowledge which was culminated in their presentations that wowed, enthused and entertained the audience. Each floral creation was auctioned off at the end of the floral demonstration to the audience who bid for them with gusto and determination, with everyone in the audience wanting to take home a momento of this fabulous evenings entertainment. 

The proceeds from the auction and the event being donated to worthy causes, The High Five Club and Hospices for Hope, both charities that are frequently supported by activities, events, students and staff at Hadlow College. Interest and support for the British Master Florists is continuing and growing, it was a pleasure to deliver our latest floral demonstration at Hadlow College. 

The British Master Florists also scheduled workshops in October at Otford, Kent and at Salford, Manchester. Further ahead are plans to tour Scotland in May 2012. For further details please contact 01925 723320 or email: