Gillian Sadler, who lives in Chichester, was our inspiring demonstrator for the evening with her ‘Inspired By’ concept.  She produced five beautiful arrangements some contemporary and others traditional.


Gillian’s first contemporary creation was inspired by ‘bluebell woods’. On a large square aluminium flat base she arranged greenery and deep purple campanula bells to represent the forest floor, placed tall slender sprigs for tree trunks and finished with a forest canopy of lilac bush clematis.  Her second was exceptional, inspired by Tim Peake, she used long sweeping arches of acacia pravissima and Boston ivy cascading from a large polystyrene hemisphere to which she added red gerbera and ‘Fire Flash’ spray roses, the hot colours representing the moon’s surface.  The next she strategically arranged strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise’ on a tall metal frame.  Gillian’s fourth was a beautiful traditional bouquet shape with large ‘Sweet Avalanche’ pale pink roses, ‘Mini Eden’ deeper pink spray roses, eucalyptus and other misty blue toned stems.  Her last a striking traditional design using yellow gerbera with a few solidago stems representing ‘fields of gold’.


Gillian kept her audience entertained with a running commentary and played a short piece of music to accompany each arrangement.


There was a full competition table themed ‘Do it with Passion’ and entrants certainly did, with the following results:




1st Elaine Soo

2nd Martina Asmar




1st Shirley Elliott




1st Sue Seath

2nd Janet Samwell

3rd Chris Wright


It would be good to see you at our next meeting at the Conservative Hall, Sea Road, East Preston, on Wednesday, 7th November at 7:30pm.  Ann Ayre will be demonstrating ‘Any Which Way’ and the competition topic will be ‘Architectural Expression’.