NAAS Flower and Garden Club celebrated it 30th anniversary recently.
The group held some of their early meetings in St Patrick’s Community College on the Newbridge Road, Naas, after Phyllis Colton, Rita Halligan, the late Nan McManus and the late Peg Teehan got together with Felicity Satchwell from Maynooth Flower club (which had been running about two years).
The group focused on flower arranging demonstrations and gardening talks.
They went from strength to strength and held their meetings in various locations around the town including the parish centre, the Teagasc office and more recently the Care of the Aged centre.
“Demonstrators from other clubs are invited to come along and share their expertise with us and some of our own members have gone on to become floral art teachers, demonstrators and judges. We hold day schools for members to experience new trends and revive old ones. Some have competed successfully n at the national shows which are run by the Association of Floral Artists, here in the UK and USA. In 2014 W.A.F.A World Association of Flower Arrangers are having the world show here in Ireland in The RDS we are all exited about that as it is like the Olympics to us,” said group member Christine Hughes.
They hold informal meetings in Ballycane Church. Members raise funds through out the year and their biggest fundraiser is the gala night in April supporting the Curragh Hospice. “We have coffee mornings and an afternoon tea party in February. Our motto is “Friendship Through Flowers” and it has stood us well over the last thirty years.”
They meet on the last Thursday of every month at 7.45pm and non members are always welcome. Admission to the meeting is E7.
- Paul O’Meara