Floral Art Group celebrates 25 blooming years

IT was on the August 10 1992 that the Port Alfred Floral Art Group (PAFAG) was formed in the lounge of the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: Among the outstanding achievements of members of the Port Alfred Floral Art Group, Hennie de Bruin received a gold award for his creation titled ‘Electricity’ at the World Flower Show in Boston, USA in 2011, as well as a special award for the most innovative design among 650 designs

It started with 17 founder members – Jean Andrew, Sally Baker, Cynthia Beresford, Doreen Court, Dot Fetherstonhaugh, Gift Gardener, Pat Holford, Lee Howard, Grace Ledger, Doreen Legg, Elaine Louw, Jean Page, Cynthia Pike, Anne Timm, Doreen Venter and Esme Wallace.

These ladies decided that it was necessary to form a floral art group which was separate from the horticultural society. Since that day in 1992, floral creativity has certainly grown and flourished and PAFAG can boast a host of “feathers in their caps” by members.

They have enjoyed a host of excellent demonstrations by top floral artists, have entered and exhibited at many functions and competitions, and put on many shows.  Doffy Duncun and Jean Page were the first members to represent the group in Cape Town at “Flowers at the Castle”

The floral art group has arranged very successful fundraisers starting with “Flowers through Banksia”. Then followed “Floral Roundabout”, “Riverside Rendevoux” and many more.

In 1997 Jean Page shocked everyone into action with the idea of “Chanson, Lumiere et Fleurs” a totally new idea from overseas of doing floral art using light and music to compliment the designs.  This was the seed which developed into the unique production which Page presented at the National Arts Festival with other members Anne, May, Mauneen and Eve.

In later years Hennie de Bruin produced “Mozart – a Floral Tribute” to commemorate Mozart’s 250 birthday.  The show was done in Port Alfred, Grahamstown and at the Addo Rose show.

TALENT ON DISPLAY: This beautiful lily in glass piece was made by Pat Holford – one of the many creations which have been exhibited at Floral Art Group meetings through the years Picture: LOUISE CARTER

At provincial and international levels various members gave a good account of themselves and were awarded with special prizes. At the World Flower Show in Boston in 2011, De Bruin received a gold award for his creation titled “Electricity”, and also a special award for the most innovative design among 650 designs.

The club has been fortunate to boast dedicated presidents and committees, which have kept members keenly interested in floral art. The first president Was Anne Timm (who served for many years) followed by Coenkie Brent, Liz Cooper, Glenda Huxtable, Pat Holford, Joy Venter, Dawn Ewing and currently Hennie de Bruin.

PAFAG is a friendly group with a common love of flowers. Together they rejoice in floral beauty and take pleasure in creative and artistic flower arranging.

Need more inspiration for arranging flowers? Newcomers are encouraged to visit and talk to our experienced members.  Join them each month to learn the techniques of flower arranging by participating in workshops, entering their monthly competitions and watching demonstrations by award winning floral artists. The group caters for all levels of experience, from novice to expert.

PAFAG meetings are held at Settlers Park hall in Port Alfred, at 2.30pm on the third Saturday of each month (except January and December)

Contact Hennie de Bruin on 082-464-4606.


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