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SYDLING & DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY – 8th December

 

 

The final meeting of the calendar year on 8 December took in a festive spirit when, in addition to mulled wine and mince pies (courtesy of, respectively, Nick Hopkin and Suzanne Legg) and a seasonal raffle, Lele Wade, one of our long serving members, had kindly agreed to show members how to make floral Christmas decorations using readily available foliage, flowers and fruit.  On arrival we were greeted by a display of several superb specimens which (in true Blue Peter fashion) she had put together earlier in the day, most of which she kindly donated as raffle prizes inspiring a marked increase in the sale of tickets.

 

Lele began with an amusing short talk on how she became interested in flowers in her native Denmark, an involvement that continued throughout her later life travels with husband Chris. Step by step, she built up the model on an oasis, which was mounted on a small turntable, utilising leaves, sticks of wood, moss, flowers and fruit, much of which she had collected whilst walking in the village.  Quite quickly it seemed that the oasis disappeared and morphed into a stunning display set off by inclusion of three candles mounted into spiked holder.  It then became a star in the larger than usual draw.

 

After some lively questions and answers, tickets were drawn from the box under the supervision of Jane Warren, where it seemed that the prizes were shared reasonably equally by members, before Phil led a vote of thanks to Lene for a most enjoyable and instructive evening ,which was endorsed by everyone present.

 

The next meeting is to be held at 7-30 pm on Tuesday 12 January 2016 when our speaker will be Malcolm Mills from The Castle Gardens group will tell us about ‘Flowers that changed the world’.

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