Spring 2021 Newsletter
On the morning of March 20th, the first AOIFA AGM was held by Zoom. Mary and her team of Candy, Mary, Margaret, Bridie, Noreen, Teresa, Rosalie and Geraldine pulled out all the stops and did a magnificent job, thank you. We wish them well as they hand over to the incoming Executive Team.
I am delighted to welcome Mary, Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth, Paula, Florence, Bridget, Eileen and Emma the new team for 2021 -2023. As we are in the season of Spring I would love you to put up a photo of your favourite Spring design on the AOIFA Facebook page.
I am between gardens at the moment. I am enjoying container gardening and have surprised myself at how much I have been able to achieve. Last Autumn I planted a selection of bulbs. The daffodils are just spectacular, and tulips are not far behind. I decided to plant a selection of blue in one pot, first pansy/viola then under-planted with chionodoxa (glory of the snow.) I had never planted them before, they did not disappoint. They are beautiful!
Coming along nicely are the lovely elegant camassia (they come in blue, purple and white.) They are a great cut flower and have many uses in Floral Art.
As the long summer days are approaching I am looking forward to the time when we can all meet up again.
Take care and stay safe,
"Inspired by" Teaching Demonstrations by AOIFA Teachers
Favourites through the Gardening Year by Bríd Kelleher, Sutton Floral Art Group
Spotlight On some AOIFA Clubs who have managed to negotiate Lockdown and stay in touch with their members online
AOIFA and The Flower Arranger say "Thank You" to Nancy McKeever
A meeting of the AOIFA Executive was held via Zoom on 18th June with a view to regulate for the Association, in these unprecedented and unpredictable times. It was unanimously decided that, due to Covid - 19, AOIFA gatherings should cease until the AGM in March 2021, when the new Executive will take over. It is envisaged that such activities will return to normal in 2021.
This decision was made in order to secure the health and safety of our members and to bring some degree of clarity to the current uncertainty. In the interim, the current Executive will remain in place and manage the Association’s affairs with the help of the incoming Executive.
As each club is autonomous, it may make its own decisions regarding its activities and is advised to do so based on HSE and Government Guidelines. Please refer to https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself-and-others.html as how to protect yourself and others.
A revised schedule of events will be issued in the autumn.
Congratulations to Rosemary Smyth who was awarded Silver at Canada Blooms 2020
Canada Blooms had to close early due to Covid-19. The competitors had just enough time to stage their exhibits and have them judged before they had to take it down again.