Aldershot Floral Design Club at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

If you’re visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this week, make a note to visit stand number FD584, where you’ll find this simply magnificent exhibit of floral art, which was designed and created by four talented flower arrangers from Aldershot Floral Design Club in Hampshire: Janet Arm, Linda Brown, Valerie Clark, and Jean Warren.

Aldershot Floral Design Club have designed and created this beautiful floral exhibit for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017.  Photo: Pumpkin Beth
Janet Arm, Jean Warren, Valerie Clark, and Linda Brown from Aldershot Floral Design Club, pictured with the beautiful floral exhibit they created for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This magnificent exhibit was especially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. The judges at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show awarded the ladies from Aldershot Floral Design Club with a Silver Medal. One of the stewards at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show kindly took this photograph for the ladies.

Silver Medal

Congratulations to Valerie Clark, Janet Arm, Linda Brown, and Jean Warren from Aldershot Floral Design Club, the Floral Art Judges at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, have presented Aldershot Floral Design Club with a Silver Medal, for their lovely floral art exhibit!

I’ve often wondered how each flower club came to be chosen to create a display for prestigious events, such as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  Valerie Clark, who is the Chairman of Aldershot Floral Design Club, and the Team Leader of the flower arrangers that created this showpiece explained, “Aldershot Floral Design Club, were approached by the Surrey Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arranging Society)  to form a team of four members, to do a stand at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  This was to be a promotional stand for NAFAS, to publicise the NAFAS Blackpool Festive Flower and Food Show, which is being held later this year.”

Where do you start when it comes to devising and constructing such a large and complex floral art exhibit such as this?  Valerie  explained, “At our first meeting we all put our ideas into the pot, and started the process of deciding how we could interpret this show.  It was a joint decision that we would have a tower, as you can’t go to Blackpool and not notice the tower!  We then thought of all things associated with Blackpool, so we came up with the idea that we would create four ice cream type cones, using different coloured flowers to represent different flavours.  As it was a food show as well, we are each doing a basket of food with flowers, i.e., one of fruit, veg, wines, and one of ingredients of pasta, pulses etc.  Next came the sea, so we have infilled with a seascape, which connects the tower with the arrangements.”

Janet Arm

This lovely, yellow and white ice cream cone was created by Janet Arm from Aldershot Floral Design Club. This floral art exhibit was created by the Aldershot Floral Design Club, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This ice cream cone was created using Ammi majus, and pretty yellow coloured Zantedeschias. This lovely photograph was taken by Janet Arm.
This stunning arrangement of vegetables and Gladioli was created by Janet Arm from the Aldershot Floral Design Club. This lovely floral and vegetable arrangement sits in a trug and formed part of a larger exhibit, created by the Aldershot Floral Design Club, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This lovely photograph was taken by Janet Arm.

Linda Brown

A closer look at part of the NAFAS floral art exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this vibrant arrangement of fruit and flowers was created by Linda Brown from the Aldershot Floral Design Club. This lovely floral and fruit arrangement formed part of a larger exhibit, created by the Aldershot Floral Design Club, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This attractive arrangement includes roses, gerbera, lilies, ferns, chillies, oranges and apples. This lovely photograph was taken by Janet Arm.
A closer look at part of the NAFAS floral art exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this vibrant arrangement of fruit and flowers was created by Linda Brown from the Aldershot Floral Design Club. This lovely floral and fruit arrangement formed part of a larger exhibit, created by the Aldershot Floral Design Club, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This attractive arrangement includes roses, gerbera, lilies, ferns, chillies, oranges and apples. Photo: Pumpkin Beth

Valerie Clark

This super arrangement featuring herbs and pasta, which reflects the food aspect of the NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, was created by Valerie Clark, from Aldershot Floral Design Club. Valerie was the Team Leader of the flower arranging team from Aldershot Floral Design Club, that created this floral art exhibit for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This lovely photograph was taken by Janet Arm.
A closer look at one of the Allium seed heads that featured in Aldershot Floral Design Club’s beautiful floral exhibit, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. Photo: Pumpkin Beth

Jean Warren

This attractive arrangement of Anthurium and grapes was created by Jean Warren from Aldershot Floral Design Club. This pretty floral and fruit arrangement formed part of a larger exhibit created by the Aldershot Floral Design Club, to publicise the NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which is held in Blackpool in November 2017. The Aldershot Floral Design Club have taken their inspiration from Blackpool for this special creation of floral art which was especially made for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This lovely photograph was taken by Janet Arm.

Being such a large exhibit it must be difficult to visualise the whole display, were you able to have a practice run Valerie?

“After several  meetings where we put together our stand and collection of items, we did a mock up of the stand to see how it would look.  Obviously, until you have all the beautiful flowers and foliage to work with, you are never quite sure how it will work, but when we did our mock up using a few garden flowers, we were pleased with how it was taking shape.”

Valerie kindly told me more details of the Aldershot Floral Design Club’s exhibit: “Our cones which are metal stands covered in material to look like ice cream cones, we then have a base of white double Chrysanthemums and Ammi majus  to create the look of the ice cream, then each of us will choose our own flowers to depict the flavour!  The baskets of food will compliment the colours.  Jean, one of our ladies, has made fishes, and Jean’s son Stephen Clark, has made us a seagull.  We will be using driftwood, shingle, shells, and of course seaside type flowers: Eryngium, Limonium, and grey foliage and succulents to give the impression of the coast.”

Aldershot Floral Design Club designed and created this magnificent floral art exhibit to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show 2017, which will be held in Blackpool from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. The judges at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show awarded the ladies from Aldershot Floral Design Club with a Silver Medal. Special thanks to Janet Arm who took this photograph.

Aldershot Floral Design Club

I was keen to find out more about NAFAS and the Aldershot Floral Design Club, kindly Valerie Clark explained, “NAFAS was formed in 1959 and is split into 21 areas around the UK.  We are in the Surrey Area, where there are 45 clubs, you can find the Surrey clubs listed on the Surrey Area website.  Most clubs meet one a month, and have a demonstrator to show us new ideas, creating designs using beautiful flowers which are then raffled at the end of the evening.

Janet Arm, Jean Warren, Valerie Clark, and Linda Brown from Aldershot Floral Design Club, pictured with the beautiful floral exhibit they created for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. One of the stewards at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show kindly took this photograph for the ladies.

Aldershot Floral Design Club, is one of the largest clubs in the south of England.  We hold monthly competitions within the club, and hold an Annual Competitive Show, which other clubs are invited to compete at.   We run flower arranging workshops, for Beginners and Progressers, so whatever your experience, we have a class for you.

We have a sales table of flower arranging sundries, as well as a trading table, where you can purchase the ‘Flower Arranger’ magazine, and information leaflets on our subject.  We also arrange outings to gardens and hold many social events.  Aldershot Floral Design Club meet at the Princes Hall, in Aldershot, on the first Thursday of the month.

Flower arranging is something you can start as a child, as there are junior workshops, and you can carry on forever, making lots of friends on the way.”

NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show 2017

Aldershot Floral Design Club have designed and created this beautiful floral exhibit for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. Photo: Pumpkin Beth

If you’re interested in visiting Blackpool for the second NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which is held at the Winter Gardens, Church Street, Lancashire, FY1 1HL, from the 9th to the 11th November 2017, and would like further details, please click here.  Information for disabled visitors wishing to find out about the accessibility at the venue where the NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show is held can be found here.

For more information about the Aldershot Floral Design Club, details of their meetings and contact information, please click here.

*Special thanks to Janet Arm for her photographs of Aldershot Floral Design Club’s floral art exhibit, and thanks to the steward at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, for taking the team photographs.  Each photograph is individually credited.

A closer look at the centre of Aldershot Floral Design Club’s beautiful exhibit which was created especially for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017. Photo: Pumpkin Beth

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