Tuesday, 19 April 2016

President's Message - April 2016

I know that quite a few of our members have a keen interest in floral art and so while in Sydney for the Royal Easter Show, I took the opportunity to talk with the Presidents of the Royal Horticultural Society of NSW (Cecily Rogers) and the NSW Floral Art Association (Mary Sweeney) about how we might go about establishing a Coffs Coast Floral Art Group. I'm very pleased to say both organisations are more than happy to help out. It is interesting to note that the NSW Floral Art Association is affiliated with Garden Clubs of Australia and like CHGC, a member of the GCA Mid North Coast Zone.

I also spoke to Judith Little, who is a highly accomplished floral artist from Maclean, who has offered to come to Coffs to provide demonstrations and to talk about the benefits of people joining together to celebrate and learn about their floral art passion. It is worth noting that Judith won the National Floral Art Competition at this year's Royal Easter Show. She is an accredited floral art judge and has participated in international competitions, so it would be great to be able to host her for a session in Coffs Harbour.

The plan would be for CHGC to facilitate the process by inviting interested people to attend a meeting aimed at forming a committee to undertake the work required to establish and incorporate the Floral Art Group. Our Club's role would be merely that of supporter and facilitator, because the intention is that the Floral Art Group stands on its own feet as a
completely separate entity once it is incorporated, albeit with at least some people who might ultimately be members of both it and our Club.

Floral art and gardening certainly go together and so it seems only natural that the garden club would help out in this way. A city the size of Coffs Harbour should easily be able to support a vibrant floral art group, and I hope CHGC can assist in bringing that to fruition.

Member Janny's work

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