The Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA), which was founded in 1973, is the official organisation of affiliated Floral Art Groups and Flower and Garden Clubs in Ireland.
Chairman's Meeting 2019
Our annual Chairman's meeting took place on Thursday 16 May 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork. Our meeting was followed with a visit to Coosheen - the garden of Hester Forde in Glouthane.
Photos from the Chairman's meeting and garden visit can be found in Gallery
Letter from Chairperson
“Where Wonder Blooms” is now history. The Competitions and Social weekend are over for another two years. I hope you enjoyed your weekend in Kinsale. I want to thank you all for supporting the competitions so enthusiastically providing a great spectacle for the very appreciative public which visited in large numbers. Congratulations to all the prize winners and especially to those who won the coveted FAY, Inter- Club and Best in Show awards.
During my brief visit on Friday afternoon I was most impressed by the amazing creativity displayed throughout and by the high standard. I want to thank most sincerely the members of the Executive for the trojan work they did in implementing my plans in my absence at such very short notice. I truly have an amazing team – thank you girls!
Kinsale pulled out all the stops – thanks to the many businesses, Kinsale Flower Club and Actons Hotel for their generosity and welcome.
The trainee Demonstrators have worked hard in preparation for their exams. We wish them every success. Members are very welcome to form an audience for the exams on 10th and 11th May in the Order of Malta Hall, Thurles.
Our next opportunity to meet will be at the Charirpersons’ meeting which will provide a forum for us all to share ideas. This time we have decided to have a garden visit in the afternoon rather than the customary talk. I know that you will find this garden well worth a visit. Let’s hope that the weather will be kind to us.
From then on the focus will be on our Flower Festival “Slendour in Flowers and Stone”in Cobh. There is a small number who need final details of their titles and niches and I will be in contact with them shortly.
Finally, I want to thank you all for rallying to help and support me and my family at this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness and kindness are much appreciated.
Congratulations Beverly! Bronze at Canada Blooms
Congratulations to Beverly Buttimer of Clonakilty Flower and Garden Club, current runner-up to the AOIFA Floral Artist of the Year who represented AOIFA at Canada Blooms 2019 and gained a Bronze medal for her wonderful, vibrant exhibit.