Clubs A-Z

London

  • Barking Flower Arrangement Club
  • Billericay Floral Arrangement Group
  • Blackheath Flower Arrangement Society
  • Breakthrough Contemporary Designers
  • Bromley District Floral Society
  • Bush Hill Park Floral Art Club
  • Chadwell Heath Floral Art Society
  • Chigwell Floral Art Group
  • City Creations Floral Designers
  • Cuffley Floral Art Club
  • Ealing Flower Club
  • Eltham Park Flower Arranging Club
  • Enfield Floral Club
  • Flowers for All
  • Fulham Floral Art Group
  • Green Street Green Flower Arrangement Group
  • Harlow Flower Club
  • Hayes (Kent) Flower Club
  • Kent Heights Flower Club
  • Leyton Wanstead Flower Club
  • Mill Hill Flower Club
  • Mottingham Floral Arrangement Society
  • Oak Tree Flower Club
  • Ohara Study Group
  • Old Bexley Floral Arrangement Society
  • Orpington Floral Art Society
  • Pinner Flower Lovers Society
  • Potters Bar Flower Club
  • Rainham Floral Art Group
  • Romford Floral Art Society
  • Shenfield Floral Art Club
  • Sogetsu School of Ikebana (London Branch)
  • Southbury Floral Art Club
  • St Michaels Welling Flower Arrangers
  • Totteridge Floral Art Club
  • Upminster Floral Art Society
  • Uxbridge Ickenham Floral Art Society
  • Waltham Abbey Floral Art Society
  • Walthamstow Floral Art Society
  • West Middlesex Society of Floral Art
  • West Wickham Floral Art Group
  • Woodford District Floral Arrangement Group

Overseas

LONDON AND OVERSEAS AREA OF NAFAS

Overseas Clubs 2013-2014

Club

Club Secretary/Address Email address Members
Arthur Flower Arrangement Society (AFAS) Mr Kazuhrio Murakami, 2-39-22 Utsukushigaoka, Yokahama, Japan 225-0002 shomai_kazu33@yahoo.co.jp 30
Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers (BAFA Inc) Miss Julie A Alleyne, 24 Fairview Heights, St George, Nr Workmans BB19065 Barbados, West Indies alison071446@caribsurf.com 76
Chilliwack Floral Art Club Mrs Jane Keding, 100-6001 Promontory Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 3E3, Canada janekeding@hotmail.ca 38
Designers Club Islamabad,Pakistan Mrs Humaira Babar, House No. 10A, Street No. 90, Sector G-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan humairababar25@yahoo.com 25
Doddervale Flower Club Mrs Nancy McKeever, 17 Orwell Court, Braemor Road, Church Town, Dublin 16, Ireland nancym335@gmail.com 120
Estepona Floral Art Club Marilyn Pemberton (Secretary), Ventana al Mar No. 15, URB Don Pedro, Estepona, Malaga 26980 esteponafloralartclub@hotmail.com 40
Floral Art Society of Victoria Inc Mrs Barbara Maier, 1 Milan Street, Wantirna, Victoria 3152, Australia barbaramaier@yahoo.com 180
Floral Design Group of St Johns Newfoundland Horticultural Society Mrs Pam Bruce, 26 Johnson Crescent, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 2J4 pambruce@nl.rogers.com 39
Flower Lovers Tokyo Mrs Masako Suzuki, 973-162 Minamiyama, Komenoti-cho, Nishin-shi, Aichiken, Japan masuzuki@qc.commuta.jp 15
Garden Club Argentino Mrs Diana MacGibbon, Peru 630-5º 20,Oficina 20, Buenos Aires, Argentina dianamacg@yahoo.com.ar 900
Geelong Floral Art Group Inc Mrs Lenice McCall, 29 Glendale Drive, Huntley VIC 3551, Australia geelongfloralartgroup@gmail.com 42
Kenya Floral Arrangement Club Mr Pritesh Shah, 47571 GPO Nairobi 00100 Kenya (Chairman) kenyafloral_club@hotmail.com 100
Madeira Flower Club Mrs Kate Gannon, Caminho Das Neves 59, Sao Goncalo, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 9060 202 samgan1@gmail.com 15
Marina Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club Mrs L Bishop, El Arenal 14, Parcent, Alicante 03792, Spain radolynn@hotmail.com 46
Royal Horticultural Society of NSW Inc Mrs Jacqueline Tweedie, 1 Christel Avenue, Carlingford, NSW 2118, Australia jackietweedie@hotmail.com 147
Sao Paulo Garden Club Mrs Judith Beer, Rua Jácomo Passarelli 40, Interlagos, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, South America robertgbeer@uol.com.br 100
Tasmanian Floral Art Society Inc Mrs Norma Gordon (President), 10 Balaka Street, Rosny, Tasmania 7018, Australia postal 50
The Flower Arranging Group of the Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago Mrs Enid Lashley (Secretary), Sam Boucaud Road, Corner of Sandbank Avenue, Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinitdad and Tobago, West Indies glashley@tstt.net.tt 90
The Hong Kong Flower Club Mrs Cindy Cannon, House 14, 12th Street, Hong Lok Yuen, Tai Po, N.T. Hong Kong cannoncindy111@hotmail.com 100+
The Rose-Gate Flower Arranging Society Mrs Chiyoko Tomooka, B-612 Irinaka Sky-Town, 26-1 Takigawa-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-0826, Japan trosa@sannet.ne.jp 50
The Singapore Flower Club Mrs Eva Weisenburger, PO Box 0253, Ghim Moh Estate, Singapore 912739 singaporeflowerclub@hotmail.comlynnecurran1@gmail.com 30
Torrevieja Flower Club Mrs Jenny Woodward, Camino Torre Los Pavos 70, Buzon 36, Catral, Alicante, Spain postal 20
Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild Mrs Linda Petch, 3050 Baynes Road, Victoria, B.C. V8N 1Y7 British Colombia, Canada secretaryvfag@gmail.com 113
Winnipeg Flower Arranging Group Mrs Bonnie Hildebrand, 54 Lochinvar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2J 1R4 imhild@mts.net 15

 

 

Arthur Flower Arrangement Society (AFAS)

1986-1992 Mrs Hiroko Murakami, accompanied by her husband, moved to the UK and lived with family in North West London (Brent area).  During this time Hiroko became a member of NAFAS in Harrow district.

After returning to Japan in 1992, Hiroko registered as an individual member of London and Overseas.  In 1999 Hiroko launched an organisation called Arthur Flower Arrangement Society in Japan and AFAS has been affiliated to London and Overseas ever since.

In 2005 Pat Dibben and Jeannette Bell (both NAFAS members) visited Japan to participate in WAFA.  At this time AFAS organised a workshops with the help of Pat and Jeannette which the Japanese participants and audiences enjoyed.

In 2009 AFAS started the elementary flower arrangement course targeting young students every year.  The event has so far been well received by the students who find flower arranging interesting and enjoyable.

AFAS meets periodically on dates convenient to members.

home page is http://afas.web.fc2.com/

Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers (BAFA Inc)

BAFA Inc was formed in 2002 as the national body to foster participation in international events hosted by the World Association of Flower Arrangers, as attendance and participation at the World Show can only be done under one umbrella organisation. From 2002 members were entering the World Show under the name of BAFA.

At its inception membership was open to flower arranging clubs in Barbados the only two active clubs, Barbados Flower Arranging Society and Barbados Flower Circle, were members.

In 2009 BAFA formulated a plan to bid for the hosting of the World Flower Show and in 2010 was offered the opportunity to host WAFA 2014–2017.  Recognising the scope of the work to host this show, the two member clubs agreed to amalgamate under the name BAFA Inc, to allow them to consolidate their resources and develop a broader profile locally and regionally.  In January 2012 BAFA Inc. was legally registered under the Companies Act of Barbados and the Strategic Plan is:

Vision: To be internationally recognized as a model of floral art leadership and administrative efficiency

Mission: BAFA Inc, promotes, fosters and develops an appreciation for excellence in floral art locally, regionally and internationally

Values: Excellence, integrity, creativity, flexibility, service and teamwork

Context: A small island state with limited financial resources during an economic recession competing in a high-income global creative industry

In order to facilitate the amalgamation, seven directors were appointed in February 2012:

• Maurice Webster who carries the portfolio of Chairman and Finance and Fund Raising

• Jackie Ferdinand, Vice President and Education & Training

• Jennifer Weetch, Shows and Exhibitions

• Carol-Ann Brancker, Public Relations

• Etwyn Humphrey, Member Relations

• Trevor Inniss, Asset Management

• Julie Alleyne, Secretary and Secretariat

The Club meets every 4th Saturday of the month at the Bethel Auditorium,Bay Street, St. Michael from 4pm–6pm.  Our telephone numbers are 246-234-1383 and 246-234-1385.

At present we issue a monthly newsletter called Floral Art Barbados News, which is emailed to all members with a few hard copies being issued. There is also a facebook page where information about the club can be found.

Chilliwack Floral Art Club, B.C. Canada

The Club was formed in 2006 by Kay Keding and Dorothy Belfry who has since moved to Toronto.  We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month from January to November at 1.30pm at Evergreen Hall in the Slesse Room,9291 Corbould and Spadina, Street, Chilliwack.  Because of holidays etc. July and August are reserved for a field trip and a garden party. Currently our membership is about 35.

Since 2006 the clubs work has been published more than a dozen times in floral design New Zealand floral art magazine.
Victor Froese, one of our members, has won several Best in Show photography awards at NAFAS national shows as well as London and Overseas Shows. Jane Keding has won Very Highly Recommended, 2007, London and Overseas Competition.  Lorna Connolly also won Highly Commended, London and Overseas Competition.
We joined NAFAS for some direction.

Our blog spot is: Chilliwackfloralartclub.blogspot.com

Designers Club Islamabad

The Club was formed in 2012. At the moment we are about 28 members but we are enrolling new members at every meeting. It is a study oriented club. We wanted to train locals in the art of floral design and to bring out the talent that needed a little more polishing. For this purpose, we constantly hold workshops and demonstrations which are either given by the seasoned members of Designers Club or by the senior members of Floral Art Society Pakistan.

The Floral Art Society is representing Pakistan internationally in different competitions and also in demonstrations held abroad and locally. In the beginning our meetings were held at the residences of different members and were fully sponsored by the members themselves. Now that the club has its own funds, we hold them at venues which are tailor made for such events. Sometimes we are invited by different local clubs to hold teaching demonstrations or workshops at venues selected by them. Working with members from our own club as well as members of another club makes it even more interesting.

Since our services were greatly liked and supported by the Floral Art Society, they guided us to enrol with NAFAS as this will enable us to keep up with new trends in floral designing and have an international platform at the same time.

We do have a nominal fee for the year which covers our yearly expenses and expenses for the workshops.

Doddervale Flower Club

The Club was founded in 1977 by Phyllis Sheehy.  Sadly Phyllis is no longer with us but her legacy lives on in the excellent standards achieved by her pupils and her pupils’ pupils. Doddervale has many qualified teachers, demonstrators and judges.  The current President is Liz Morris who helped to set up the club with Phyllis and was one of her original pupils.

The aims of the club are to foster the love and care of plant material in all its forms and to encourage Friendship through Flowers.

Doddervale is affiliated to AOIFA, the Association of Irish Floral Artists.  We have also been affiliated to the London and Overseas Area of NAFAS since the beginning.

AOIFA is hosting the World Flower Show from 18th June-22nd June 2014 in the RDS, Dublin and Doddervale is working very hard to help make this a truly successful Show with the emphasis on Friendship through Flowers.  Our club has raised €14,000 through various events and has also collected €1500 in coppers…so far.

We meet at 8 pm on the second Friday of each month in Templeogue College in Templeogue, South Dublin.  Dublin is the capital of Ireland.  Our website is www.doddervale.com

We would love to have some overseas members visiting us.

Estepona Floral Art Club, in the province of Malaga, Estepona, Spain Estapona

The Club began in 1999.  Its founder is Past Chairman of East of England Area, Mavis Tolfree w was an active member of NAFAS whilst residing in the UK.  Mavis moved to Estepona and saw an advertisement in a nearby village for the Costa del Sol Flower Club. Mavis attended that meeting and met with three members who persuaded her to start the Club on the coast in Estepona.

With the help of the Foreign Residents Office and that of the local government, who offered the use of the government meeting room, Mavis began ‘Estepona Floral Art Club’ on 20 April 1999, which was attended by the Foreign Residents Officer and Estepona Television. The following evening Mavis was invited to appear on Marbella Television.  34 ladies attended the inaugural meeting and today the clubs attendance at any one meeting could be up to 60 ladies.  A few ladies from that very first meeting still attend each month.  Mavis was the clubs very first demonstrator and in the May, June and July of 1999 workshops were also held which proved to be very successful indeed. The workshops are still popular and are always well attended.

The Club has had several moves to different premises, but each time for the better, to accommodate the growth. Our present meeting place is very well situated with plenty of room for expansion.  We meet every third Tuesday in each month at 3.30pm at the Tikitano Beach Restaurant & Lounge, Urb. Gaudalmansa, Estepona, Ctra de Cadiz 340 (km 164), with the exception of July & August.  We welcome new members as well as visitors to the area from the UK and further afield, our love of all things floral bringing us together.

We now have 43 paid up members and many visitors each month.  A committee of nine very hard working ladies continue to help make the Club a success.  We give a donation to a charity of our choice at the start of each year.  We have an excellent demonstration by NAFAS Area & National Demonstrators, who come over from the UK.  Members enjoy two hours of floral education and anecdotal entertainment, seeing how an arrangement can come together from nothing while in the company of friends old and new.

For further information please contact us by email at esteponafloralartclub@hotmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

Floral Art Society of Victoria Inc.

The Society was formed in 1978 to stimulate and promote the work of floral designers. It is a non-profit and non-competitive floral art organisation.

With members Australia-wide and overseas, the Society organises exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and residential seminars all showcasing the skills of floral designers and the wonderful materials available in Australia.  A quarterly Newsletter contains informative articles and current floral art news and events.

The President is Norma Bathie, tel. +61 3 9725 1465.  Our comprehensive website, www.floralartsocietyvictoria.org.au, gives further contact details as well as news of forthcoming events and a photo gallery of designs by our members and guest demonstrators.

Visitors from overseas and their friends are always welcome to attend our functions.

The Floral Design Group of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

The Group, associated with the Newfoundland Horticultural Society, began in 1966. It has 40 members. Meetings, often include a demonstration by a group member or guest florist followed by a workshop, are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at St. Davids Church Hall on Elizabeth Avenue except for July and August. The Group participates in the Landscape Show, a Spring Flower Show and a July Show both at the Botanical Garden, the Horticultural Societys Flower Show, the decorating of a large venue in September and the November decorating of Commissariat House.

Flower Lovers Tokyo

The club is a society of flower arrangement lovers. Anyone who loves flower arranging is welcome at the club.  We meet once in two months on an irregular basis in Tokyo and the venue is changed according to the availability of club activities.  We currently have 18 members.

The club was founded in 2005. Three Japanese women were fascinated by the British flower arrangement and took classes while they lived in the UK. They wanted to keep learning about it when they returned home and also to make it popular among Japanese people by organising a club in Japan.

Since the early stages of the club, Jeannette Bell, Pat Dibben and Jayne Edmonds encouraged and advised us how to organise a new society. Mrs Setsuko Watanabe has inspired us with the latest information about arrangements since we met her at the National Show at Telford in 2006. We would like to express our special appreciation to them for their professional advice and support.  We would feel privileged to be given a chance to welcome any of you in Japan.

Our website address is http://www.wa.commufa.jp/aflower/index.html

Some pages are written in English too. Many articles have been sent to us by our friends in the UK and we put them on HP in Japanese language.

The contact persons are:

Chair lady: Mrs Yoko Isa (4-5-2 Naka-arai, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0041 Japan Tel:+81-42-943-4091)

Corresponding/secretary: Masako Suzuki masuzuki@qc.commufa.jp

Garden Club Argentino

We were originally founded as the “Buenos Aires Garden Club” in August 1921. About 15 years ago we changed the name to Garden Club Argentino because, although Buenos Aires had 16 groups, the rest of our very vast country had another 35 so our name was a misnomer!

All the groups meet once or twice a month for nine months. Summer here (December to March) is very hot and people tend to go away on holiday, obviously not for the full three. This has always been a problem for us because when we are busiest (June to September) you are off on holidays so sometimes information gets lost.

Each group, which may number 10 to 30 members, has its own profile. There are the horticulturists, flower arrangers, some mixed, and some who meet as a platform to do good in their communities by building green zones, garden therapy and tree protecting etc. They have their own internal structure: ie: President, Secretary, Treasurer etc and respond to the Central Council which meets once a month to cover all aspects of the organisation.  We also run design schools, teaching all the principles and elements of design and landscape schools.  Each hosting group is responsible for the financial viability of each school so it gives a certain autonomy in the running of them.

We are affiliated not only to NAFAS but also to the National Garden Clubs Inc. whose judging schools and show principles we follow. Since 2002 we have been members of WAFA and have gone to their seminars and shows, exhibiting as honorary exhibitors.  We are also members of the RHS and the American Horticultural Therapy Association.  We have about 20 shows a year, all over the country. They are always mixed, horticulture and design.

We have a web page www.gardenclubargentino.com.ar  We are also on Facebook as Garden Club Argentino. Unfortunately all that is written is in Spanish but the photos are universal.

Geelong Floral Art Group Inc

The Group will be celebrating 50 years in 2014. The group meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10.30am, and the venue is the cricket/football pavilion at the Herne Hill reserve in Hilltop St, West Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

The group has a membership of over 40, and holds classes, workshops, demonstrations

The contact details for the group are the Secretary, Lenice McCall (03)54487066 and the President, Vicki Russell (03)52821215.

Our email address is geelongfloralartgroup@gmail.com

Kenya Floral Arrangement Society- a tantalizing glimpse into the last fifty years . . . . 

The club was formed in 1958, during the heyday of the colonial era, by the wives of British expatriates, although only officially registered on 8 February 1962. It is believed that club meetings were first held at the All Saints Cathedral and later moved to St. Andrews Church, followed by the Indian High Commission, then Aga Khan Sports Club. We currently enjoy the modern ambience of Lions Sight First. The last Tuesday of the month has been the meeting day for the past 50 years! Reports in back issues of The Flower Arranger mention a membership of over 500 in the early days; however current figures average at under a 100.

The club was a founder member of WAFA in 1981. Before this the club was represented at an international seminar held during the NAFAS National Competitions London 1976, also at the first seminar in Wales in 1982 and the first WAFA show in Bath, UK in 1984. Thereafter the club seems to have been out of touch with WAFA until 1999 when a large contingent competed and visited the show in Durban, South Africa. Since then attendance by the KFAC contingent at the WAFA Shows in Glasgow, UK (2002) and Japan (2005) has been notable. and competitions during the year.

Sadly the 2008 show in Pakistan was called off but members enjoyed WAFA Boston USA in June 2011.

Una Watson, Lisbe Stewart & Irene Humphries exhibited on behalf of Kenya at the NAFAS Westminster Abbey Flower Festival June 1981 and had the honour of being presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II. Other members, especially Kamlesh Bhasin, won many awards in the craft/collage classes at the NAFAS National Shows in the 1980s/1990s.

The mainstay of the activities is demonstrations with the emphasis more on teaching than entertainment, compared to demonstrations given in other countries. Over the years members have lovingly and painstakingly executed floral presentations to the highest standards on a voluntary basis, with a modest flower allowance.

A typical club meeting begins at 9 a.m. with members staging their exhibits, glancing through the meticulously maintained photo albums and modestly stocked library. The main feature starts at 10 a.m. and ends around noon. Other activities include workshops where a more hands-on approach is adopted. The imposed class is a popular feature of the club calendar. Garden meetings with a demonstration and high tea are looked forward to by one and all. Members have traditionally been very keen on exhibiting at the annual shows but sadly these are now held once every three years or so. The 2012 Show ‘Florimania’ held at Oshwal Centre attracted 160 entries and 1,000 visitors. Members have always exhibited in the floral art section of Kenya Horticultural Society’s Shows.

In 1998/99 leading names in the South African flower arranging world (Althea Higham, Barbara Bamber and Beryl Hansen) were invited to conduct intensive judges and demonstrators training courses, as a result of which the Kenyan Panel of Floral Art Judges and the Demonstrators Forum were formed. In 2007 NAFAS National Judge and seasoned competitor, Ann Blunt, was invited to judge the show to enable the existing KPFAJ members to renew their competitive and judging skills. The Demonstrators Forum was incepted with the aim of professionalising demonstrating techniques. Both groups have their own meetings and provide valuable services to the general membership of the club.

 It is believed that a newsletter existed in the early days and was revived as ‘Floral Inspirations’ in 2003 by Pritesh Shah. Priya Shah is the current Editor of the e-newsletter. Club reports and photographs are regularly featured in international flower arranging magazines. The club website is www.spanglefish.com/kenyafloralclub and its Facebook page is facebook.com/kenyafloralclub

Madeira Flower Club

The Club was originally formed in September 2013 during the flower ladies annual flower festival at Holy Trinity Church. The ladies only got together and worked as a team during the church’s religious events and the flower festival.  Apart from that there was little contact between them and it was felt that a club would bring them closer together, allow for the development of skills and encourage new members to join the group and the flower team through a more sociable environment.

The group consists of a wide variety of members, including a retired florist and a garden designer, all of whom have different backgrounds and experiences.  We are actively encouraging new members of all abilities, especially beginners, as we want to foster a love of flower arranging and allow individuals to find their own particular styles whilst being part of a team.

We more than welcome NAFAS members and would love to hear from anyone who would like to give us a demonstration.  Whether you are a flower arranger or a demonstrator please get in touch, even it’s just for a natter and a piece of cake.  For further details please contact our Chairwoman, Samantha on samgan1@gmail.com

Marina Alta and Costa Blanca Floral Club

Our Club was started by Mary Carpenter some 20 years ago, together with other enthusiastic and gifted flower arrangers.  Within the club we have a NAFAS qualified judge, demonstrator, speaker and teachers.

We are a vibrant, friendly and forward thinking Club and have held many outings and social fundraising events such as traditional English tea parties, usually held on Flowers Arrangers Day, Strawberry Teas, Pimms and Ploughman’s Lunches.  Whilst having fun, we raise considerable amounts of money for charity.

Our demonstrators are mainly from the UK and we meet at 3pm every fourth Thursday in the month (although this may change according to the time of year i.e. Christmas and fiestas) at the Salon de Actos Espai Senieta, Moraira from September through to May.  We hold workshops which are run by our visiting demonstrators and welcome anyone who wants to come and join in.

Membership is open to anyone and we guarantee a warm welcome to both members and guests.  For more information on our Club and demonstrations, visit our website: www.marinaaltafloralclub.com

Royal Horticultural Society of New South Wales Inc

In 2012 The Royal Horticultural Society of NSW Inc. celebrated its 150th anniversary (sesquicentenary). During the year, special events were planned for members and visitors to enjoy.  A celebratory rose, BENNELONG GOLD and Louisiana iris, BENNELONG RUBY, were launched by Mr Don Burke on behalf of the Society in May 2012.

The Society comprises approximately 38 affiliated Floral and Horticultural Societies, located all across the state of New South Wales, plus individual members. Affiliated Societies have either specific interest areas (Australian native plants, floral art, dahlias, roses, irises, hoyas and bromeliads) or are country town-based Societies with interests in all things horticultural. The Society speaks for many thousands of individuals who love horticulture.

A not-for-profit Association, the Society provides an annual floral/horticultural display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and is involved with other events during the year.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month except for January and December at 9.45am and usually conclude at 12.30pm.  Easter can cause a meeting to be cancelled as our members are involved with the Sydney Royal Agricultural Society 14 day show.  Our meeting venue is Beecroft Bowling Club, 128, Copeland Road, Beecroft, NSW 2119. Monthly meetings comprise both a horticultural guest speaker and a floral art demonstration on most occasions. Special themed meetings (all things pumpkin, for example) add to the friendly atmosphere of our monthly meetings.

Visitors are always welcome.

São Paulo Garden Club

The Club is located in São Paulo, Brazil. The club was founded in 1939 by nine British ladies. It is an international English-speaking club whose aims are to share and stimulate interest in horticulture, floral design, environmental and civic responsibility.

The Club comprises four groups each with a maximum of 30 active members, each group meeting monthly in private homes. The whole club meets four times a year for general meetings in March, May, August and November. Our Annual Flower Show, usually held in September, is the most important event of the year and open to the public.

A group of our ladies won the Silver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1994 and the following year we came away with the Gold Medal for tropical and sub-tropical gardens.

Apart from NAFAS, the club is affiliated to National Garden Clubs, Inc. USA, Comaai, RHS Great Britain and is a member of WAFA – World Association of Flower Arrangers and BRAFA – Brazilian Association of Flower Arrangers (Brazil).

Our website address is www.saopaulogardenclub.com.br

Tasmanian Floral Art Society Inc

The Society was formed on 15 January 1989 following many years of informal co-operation between groups and individual flower arrangers from many parts of the State.

The aims of the Society are:

● To promote and encourage the art of flower arrangement within Tasmania, including its educational, social and cultural aspects

● To promote the training of judges of floral art and the improvement and uniformity of judging standards both within Tasmania and interstate

● To promote co-operation between other societies, clubs and groups with similar interests so that there may be an exchange of ideas within Tasmania, interstate and internationally.

Usually six workshops are held yearly in various parts of the State as well as fundraising and social events and a bi-yearly seminar.  Workshops and seminars cater for all levels of interest and expertise on both an artistic and social basis.  Judges training is available to those who wish to participate.

New members are most welcome.  Join the society and share with others in enjoying the art of flower arranging.  (President, Mrs Norma Gordon, 10 Balaka Street, Rosny, Tasmania 7018, Australia.  Tel/fax: +61 (0) 3 6244 1271).

The Flower Arranging Group of the Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago

Secretary, Mrs Enid Lashley, Sam Boucaud Road, Corner of Sandbank Avenue, Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

Further details to follow

The Hong Kong Flower Club

The Club was founded in 1979 and is the oldest and one of the largest Western flower clubs in Hong Kong.  Over our 30 year history we have regularly invited cutting edge designers and renowned artists in the world of floral art to demonstrate and educate our members about the latest trends in floral design.

Anyone who is interested in flowers can join.  Although many of our members are accomplished designers, many others are simply flower enthusiasts.  We hold monthly meetings on Tuesdays (mostly in the afternoons but not on fixed dates) and at each meeting we feature either a demonstrator or a workshop.  We are also actively involved in floral activities such as exhibitions, competitions and demonstrations, both at home and abroad.

The Hong Kong Flower Club has formed a close relationship with the Kowloon Cricket Club at 10 Coxs Road, Kowloon, and most of the meetings are held there.

Please look us up on Facebook – page Hong Kong Flower Club where you will find our activity photos.

The Rose-Gate Flower Arrangement Society

Our club was founded towards the end of 2000 for the purpose of enhancing and deepening flower arrangement skills. Its raison d’etre was depicted in the September/October and November/December 2006 issues of Flora International. It has 50 members and Chiyoko Tomooka has been its President since its foundation.  She was initiated into flower arranging in English style by Mrs Marguerite Drewe in 1987-1988 and further instructed on arranging styles full of imagination and originality by Anna Steven in 1999-2000, in Oxford where Chiyoko stayed with her family. Luckily she was blessed with young ladies who showed clear-cut aspirations towards learning flower arranging in a different style to Ikebana and agreed to organise a club where mutual criticism and encouragement can be made possible.

The headquarters of RGFAS is located in Nagoya and where the AGM and a brush-up meeting are held on the same occasion in the autumn or spring every year (venue and relevant subjects are decided three months ahead and invitation letters are sent out to all members well before the date). At the latter meeting one pre-designated member demonstrates her arrangement and explains the theme and design ideas to the participants, who discuss the achievement from a variety of viewpoints, sometimes sarcastic and sometimes evaluative. It is heated and, all the more so, the meeting reveals in the end an inspiring and encouraging occasion.

RGFAS also has several branches in Wakayama, Hirakata (Osaka), Imabari (Shikoku Island), Utsunomiy (in North Kanto area), et.cet., and through them is actively engaged in propagating how to be pleased and charmed with arranging flowers in the English style. All RGFAS members have the thesaurus entitled Flower Arranging in English Style, Basic and Practical (written in Japanese and its ISBN is 4-96428-23-2) edited by me and contributed to by the original eleven members for a springboard to develop.

RGFAS has its home page at: http://www.page.sannet.ne.jp/trosa/ which is updated from time to time and gives some phases of RGFAS activities.

Torrevieja Flower Club

The Club was started 25 years ago by some enthusiastic British flower arrangers.  Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month, except July and August, at 2pm at the New Asturias Restaurant (this is a new venue starting March) on the N332 at Punta Prima from September through to June.

We usually have UK demonstrators each month and other social functions.  We also enjoy outings such as treasure hunts, coach trips and fashion shows.

Membership is open to anyone who would like to see and learn flower arranging, or simply join in for the social experience.  New members and guests are welcome.

Our website address is: www.torreviejaflowerclub

Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild

For more than 60 years the Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild has flourished providing knowledge and inspiration to hundreds of creative individuals who love floral design. The Guild originated in 1949 when twelve individuals formed a judging and arranging group within the Victoria Horticultural Society.

In 1969, the flower arranging group separated from the Victoria Horticultural Society and became an independent club, the Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild. In 1970 the Guild held its first Christmas Show, Holiday Magic, an event that continues to be held biennially.

Over the years, novices have honed their skills in design through demonstrations and workshops in traditional design taught by experienced designers. Both novice and experienced designers have participated in judged and non-judged shows within the club and at affiliated club shows such as the Lily and Iris Show, Orchid Show and Dahlia Show.

The Guild has continually integrated the latest trends in floral design into its programming. The introduction of contemporary design workshops has kept members up-to-date with the latest trends, using new elements and materials in design. In addition, demonstrations and workshops on duo designs, collages, haute couture floral jewellery, Ikebana, land art and art interpretation have supported members in pursuit of their individual interests and the expansion of their creativity.

In 2009, land art was successfully introduced to the public at the Coast Collective Art Centre and at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific. The same year a Guild member created a haute couture wearable flower bracelet for the Empress of Japan during her visit to Victoria. Since 2009 members have executed floral designs for the Victoria Art Gallery House Tour with a positive response from the public.

In 2012, the Guild executed both floral and land art designs for BC Blooms at Government House, a celebration in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

For more than 30 years select members of the Guild, on a volunteer basis, have executed floral designs at Government House.

http://victoriaflowerarrangersguild.wildapricot.org/

The Winnipeg Flower Arranging Group

We are a group of arrangers who meet to design according to a pre-planned schedule.  A critique of each design is offered based on the universal rules regarding the Elements and Principles of Design.

Presently, we have 15 members and we are using 2013 to encourage new membership. We plan to host an introductory design session that will be open to the public.

We meet once a month except for July and August.  Visitors are most welcome and should contact Bonnie Hildebrand at 1-204-253-4022/ imhild@mts.net or Anthony Steffes at 1-204-667-0529