Sandra Finch of Tettenhall was the Demonstrator on February 4. Her arrangements were of Famous People.

(1) Archibald Alexander Leach, a famous debonair actor who was also an acrobat. This arrangement reflected his striking good looks using two deep red amaryllis amongst the foliage of euphorbia, fatsia leaves, variegated euonymus and cone spheres. He was commonly known as Cary Grant. (2) A formidable woman, a chain was the main accessory – depicting Emiline Pankhurst, one of the suffragettes who acquired votes for women. The arrangement consisted of an abundance of white chrysanthemums and roses, amongst variegated laurel leaves, elaeagnus and orange blossom leaves.

(3) The vase depicted ‘that dress’, Liz Hurley in her black dress with safety pins. Sandra used white calla lilies, a green and pink orchid, ferns and eucalyptus leaves. The arrangement was sleek and sophisticated. We were in the haute couture world of fashion, the designer being none other than Gianni Versace.

(4) The container was large, golden and oval like a Faberge egg. It exuded opulence and could be found in any state palace room. The foliage was outlined by large palm leaves, elaeagnus, variegated ivy, fern, molucella/Bells of Ireland, added an acid green colour. Jewels were added – sapphires of blue delphiniums, rubies of red carnations, and deep pink alstroemerias. Depicting Katherine the Great, Empress of Russia.

(5) Two people who shocked the nation, met at a House Party in 1931. Edward and Mrs Simpson. A floral necklace adorned a golden costume. Using bergenia and euphorbia leaves and adding the emeralds – Bells of Ireland and green shamrock chrysanthemums; and rubies – red carnations and roses. A Vote of Thanks was given.

At the last meeting on March 4 Keith Southall of Whitlenge Specialist Nursery, Near Hartlebury, spoke to the club about Garden Designs. It was also the club’s 1st Anniversary so everyone who attended received cake. The club meets at The Baptist Church, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath. Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Cost £3 including Tea/Coffee/Biscuits.