Coming Up Roses With Lindfield Flower Club
by Sasha Kanal
Searching for floral inspiration, Sasha Kanal finds it in bunches along with plenty of creativity at Lindfield Flower Club.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create something amazing with those flowers you get handed to you when hosting a dinner party or when family and friends visit? You know the ones – the bunches of tulips or roses which (in my case) sometimes get left in their cellophane overnight until the next day, when they finally get plonked in a vase.
Have you always wanted to be one of those people who artfully plucks some green foliage from the garden and mixes it with any number of stems out there to make something stunning? With the popularity of lifestyle blogs and beautifully curated content on social media, where flowers feature heavily – seems you aren’t alone. This is where Lindfield Flower Club comes in!
Founded in 1958 and dedicated to promoting the art of flower arranging, it’s now one of Lindfield’s most popular regular gatherings and continues to go from strength to strength with a blossoming membership. It welcomes people of all ages, genders and backgrounds with the aim of educating and inspiring them in aspects of the world of all things floral. Says their Chair Wendy, “we always have so much fun here at the club and we are a really friendly and sociable bunch! New members and their friends are always welcomed with open arms.”
In fact, this it seems, is a key part of their success. As Wendy explains, “new people joining brings fresh ideas and as a club we are constantly looking at ways to evolve, so we can continue to offer our members the latest innovative and up to date demonstrations and talks.”
The club meetings take place monthly and normally follow the same format of a themed talk and demonstration by an expert. Lindfield Flower Club sits under the respected National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS), which means which means that the standard of guest speakers coming along is kept consistently high. Says Wendy, “members learn so much from our official demonstrators, such as new techniques in flower arrangement and horticulture. Plus, at the end of the meeting, we host a raffle where members have the chance to win and take home one of the stunning professional arrangements.”
Lindfield Flower Club also hosts an annual workshop where members can demonstrate their skills and get the chance to arrange their own blooms. “Perfect for aspiring florists of all ages!” laughs Wendy.
2018 is a special year for the club as it celebrates its 60th Birthday. There will be plenty of exciting things taking place at the club to mark the Diamond Anniversary, in addition to their regular well-attended social events, all of which are beautifully decorated with flowers and foliage of course.
Meetings are held each month on Tuesday afternoons at King Edward’s Hall, Lindfield High Street. Membership costs £25 with a percentage of proceeds going to affiliated charity The Kidney Trust. For more information about the club or becoming a member contact Alison Hughes on 01444 482586.