As a change from flowers, we were entertained by a very talented Tarvin lady by the name of Caroline Gregson. Many know her and her wonderful willow weaving and some will have examples of her craft in their gardens.
She concentrated on showing us pictures of her more recent work and you can see some of those here. These are large commissions with her own descriptions and you can see she has become well known throughout the country. The meeting was relaxed in its format with questions and answers as we went along. She showed us a picture of Swaledale sheep made for the Chelsea flower show using white willow. There are 8 different willow colours although some are not so easily available or can be more expensive. Caroline does grow some of her own willow but not in her garden! Another photo was a large abstract which Caroline loves to work but these are not as popular with her customers. There were 2 large geese on display which are almost ready to go to Wenlock Priory for an event in August. I was pleased that Caroline had offered photos for this article as the background wall at the community centre was a similar colour to the geese. She would love to be asked to produce a dinosaur. We were shown how to make a simple basket which could be used for flower arranging.
The committee had provided several flower designs for the raffle and the enjoyable but hot evening ended with a welcome drink and biscuits. It occurred to me during the meeting that perhaps Tarvin should have a willow statue. What would it be? The Tarvin imp or a turkey?
The Flower Club has no August meeting. Our next event is on September 14th when we celebrate our Ruby Anniversary. Please note that for catering purposes this is a ticket only event. Members have received their invitations but if there are past members who wish to join us, please contact Merryn on 01829 740832. Anyone who wishes to come as a visitor should also contact Merryn.
There will be more details, including a change of time, nearer the date and invitations for those coming to the event include information.
Ed: Click on the photographs of impressive examples of Caroline's work to enlarge them.