Mark Carleton presented a program on the mechanics of flower arranging. He brought a number of containers and demonstrated the way to properly condition and attach floral foam before beginning an arrangement.
Mr. Carleton favors the English garden design style of flower arranging. This design uses loosely structured mass arrangements of mixed garden flowers. Constance Spry (1886-1960) who was a floral designer and teacher probably had the greatest influence on the English garden design as we know it today. Ms. Spry used flowers and foliage that were not usually associated with flower arranging and combined wild and cultivated flowers in the same arrangements. Mr. Carleton brought many types of greenery commonly found in the yard that could be used in arrangements following this design style.
Following the program, members enjoyed refreshments of Chocolate Pound Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, Miniature Cheesecakes, Toasted Pecans, Pretzel Candy Bites, Coffee and Punch.
Attending the meeting were Laura Bodiford, Evelyn Bond, Sara Bradley, Judi Burns, Bev Colquett, Margaret Groves, Brenda Gardner, Dana Shinholster, Ree Smith, Nancy Ziebach, and a guest, Joann Shumack.
The club will attend the Flower Festival in Mobile for the March meeting.