Earlier this year I chanced upon a Spring Flower Show, run by the local Naul Garden and Flower Club, in the lovely setting of Ardgillan Castle – more here.
The scent and colour of Spring blossom was a welcome sight after the long winter.
But an even larger event is about to be staged in Dublin – the WAFA World Flower Show, “A Floral Odyssey”, from the 18th to the 22nd June, and promises to be a real treat.
I adore cut flowers, but readily admit I’m more of a gather-from-the-garden and place rustically in a vase variety.
So I really admire the artistry, skill and patience required to form a floral work of art.
We had a foretaste of the skill required and the sheer enthusiasm of flower arrangers in Ireland at the recent Bloom in the Park Garden Show, with the A.O.I.F.A. Floral Art competition display.These are some entries in the category “Voyage of Discovery”.
I like the use of colour and the “sails” on this floral voyager.
This is the stunning Gold Medal winner, “A Passage to India”.
There were orchids, roses, anthuriums, proteas and calla lilies amongst the exhibits in the “Fabulous Flora” category.
I’m not always a fan of pink and yellow together, but here it looks wonderful – the subtle pink of the anthuriums being intensified in the outer petals of the yellow roses.
As I stood back to admire each arrangement, pondering on the whys and wherefores of Medals awarded, fellow enthusiasts would happily engage in conversation as to the merits of each exhibit.
Flower arranging follows much of the same principles of garden design – balance, contrast, colour, proportion.
This is the first time Ireland has hosted the World Flower Show, the “Olympics of flower arranging”, which is held every three years.
Over the four days, 600 floral artists from 31 member countries will compete – truly a “Floral Odyssey”.
More information here.