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floral rendezvous

Tuesday 28th September 2010

 Nimita Shah, qualified Judge & Demonstrator presented ‘Floral Rendezvous’ to us this morning.

Calm music embodying sounds from nature – water flowing, birds, wind whistling through the trees set the scene for an exhilarating morning. 

Her first design was a set of hand-tieds inspired by the lush tropical flora of Mauritius which Nimita had recently visited. All the foliage had been well conditioned and groomed by lightly oiling. White gladioli, tuberoses, Anthurium ‘Eternity’, anthurium foliage, Cycad leaves, Strelitzia leaves, and Curculigo leaves were used resulting in a cool and refreshing design which was placed in water-filled jars.

Exotic dyed dried plant material from South Africa in earthy tones together with wood shaving rolls formed the basis of the second design. Dried leaves were well used to cover the foam. 'Choco' anthuriums added a glossy texture to this long lasting design.


For the third design which was apt for a pre-done craft class in which dried/preserved plant material is to predominate, a metal grid stand had been covered in a woven mat and co-ordinating coasters. The circular centre is of rice paper, to which dried mushrooms, bracket fungus and ting ting were affixed. Radiating reeds finished the design. Woven rattan or cane spheres were placed at the base for display.

 Upturned cone-shaped stands were covered in lime green abaca or net for the fourth design. This was accentuated with groupings of lilac beads. Lime green & purple glittery ting ting both curled and straight as well as reeds formed the horizontal placement. The fresh plant material beautifully complemented this – Midori anthuriums, statice, Syngonium leaves, lilac Zantedeschia and a certain kind of spray chrysanthemums. Circles of lilac & lime green acrylic nuggets were used as a base finish.


A roll of corrugated cardboard (in which the heads of roses are normally wrapped and which we discard) was the basis of the fifth design. The inner roll from foil packaging had water-filled tubes inserted in it. This was at the centre of the cardboard roll. Dried palm inflorescence strands were also incorporated whilst pink Cordyline leaves were used on the outside. Magnificent magenta orchids completed the striking design.

 Nimita’s finale was tall and striking. The base of vertical black skeletonized cactus logs supported the tall black willow. Wonderfully long foxtail fern (Asparagus), red anthuriums, red carnations, gold palm inflorescences, Syngonium and large leaved ivy completed the design.

The novice members had to use 7 or less blooms for the title 'Fewer The Better' whilst the Intermediate and Advance exhibitors featured a glass container for 'Bedazzled'. Meena Jatish Shah and Harshida Dali Shah (who had travelled from Nakuru) judged the competitions.

In the same week, Nimita Shah travelled to Mombasa where she had been invited to demonstrate to the Coastal Floral Arrangement Club on Saturday 2 October 2010. She demonstrated most of the above designs. Her additional designs are below:






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