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Welcome to Kilkenny Flower Club, which celebrates 40 years in 2021.

The club is proud to say it has 5 demonstrators and 2 judges.

Enjoy your browse through the site.

NOTE:

Click on the “Page” you want to view on the right hand side i.e. “Demonstrations”

You may click on each photo to enlarge it, click again to zoom in.

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Club meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of the month in our new venue of Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, Kilkenny at 8.00 p.m.     Activities include Demonstrations, Garden Visits, Work Nights, Talks and Quizzes all followed by refreshments and a chance to mingle and chat.

Non-members are always welcome, admission: €10

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NEWS

In line with the recent government announcement it has been decided to postpone a return to club meetings until October.

The meeting will be in Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, Kilkenny on Thursday 14th October @ 8 p.m.

Demonstration by Betty Holden.

In September a virtual ‘competition’ will be held instead of the meeting.

Title: ‘Autumn Hues’ – An Exhibit.

Closing Date: 23rd September

This is open to members and friends of the Flower Club.

Photograph your exhibit with a plain background

paying attention to the horizontal & vertical lines.

Send them by WhatsApp (if possible) or text to 087-6414038

All welcome. We look forward to your entries.


 

Please note the Club now has a Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/kilkennyflowerclub

The web address is: http://www.kilkennyflowerclub.ie

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irishtv attended a meeting of Kilkenny Flower Club and made a recording. Here is the link:

http://www.irishtv.ie/kilkenny-matters-97

You might have to put in a search for Kilkenny Flower Club in the search box though.


Entry form for Flower Arranger of the year:

Association of Irish Floral Artists

Elimination Heats – Floral Artist of the Year 2021

Title:   “Mystery and Imagination”      An Exhibit 

A non- refundable fee of €20 is to be paid with application.

Cheques are to be made payable to AOIFA.

Those excluded from entering:

Previous winner of Floral Artist of the Year

Venues: Conna Sports Centre, Co Cork. Hosted by Conna & District & Garden Flower Club.

Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Hosted by Dunboyne Flower & Garden Club

Application Form

I wish to apply to enter the Floral Artist of the Year Elimination Heat Competition.

 

Name: _____________________________________________________

 

Address: ______________________________________________________________

 

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Tel.________________________ E-mail   _______________________________________

 

 

Club: _____________________Signed by Club Chairman/Secretary: N/A Due to Covid

 

 

€20 enclosed

                            

Please detach and return to:

Christine Hughes. The Lamb, Blessington, Co. Wicklow W91 E209 Ph. 0876864620

Closing date for application: Monday 16th August 2021

 

Tips for Photographing Floral Art – with thanks to Chrissie Harten, NAFAS

· Try to photograph the exhibit against a plain or un-fussy background. (You could use a drape behind the exhibit to help cut out any unwanted objects, but be sure to iron it first to remove any creases.)

· Try to photograph in natural light, which produces the best colour balance. Different light sources will produce different colour effects. If your camera lens has the ability, choose a setting which matches your light source (e.g. tungsten, fluorescent, etc.)

· Use a tripod if possible for the sharpest image, but if you don’t have one, the back of a chair or something similar will help to support and keep your camera steady.

· Observe closely what is behind or next to the exhibit and be sure to remove any objects which detract from it.

· Remove any debris from the base of the exhibit such as fallen leaves or petals.

· Don’t photograph against a strong light source (such as a window) as this will make your photo too dark unless your camera has the ability to change your settings to compensate.

· Try not to use a flash. This creates strong shadows and a colour change which detracts from the exhibit. If your camera is set on auto flash and you don’t have a choice, hold a white card just below the flash to deflect it upwards and soften the light, or tape some tissue paper over it.

· Stand directly in front of the exhibit and bend slightly so that your lens is level with the centre of the exhibit and you can clearly see most of the container. Don’t take the photo from above (unless it is obviously meant to be viewed from above e.g. aerial photograph)

· Zoom in to the exhibit to cut out as much background as possible, whilst still leaving a reasonable amount of space around it. (Make sure that you don’t zoom in too much and cut off part of the exhibit.)

· Be sure you are focusing on the exhibit, and not the background.

· View the photograph when you have taken it and crop any unwanted parts. Most modern computers, tablets and phones have a photo app already installed with a crop feature.

· If you are taking your photograph for an online competition, make sure you are emailing it at full size. Many email applications will automatically send at small size and lower resolution to make it quicker and use less data, but this will affect the quality of your photo so select “full size” or “original size”.

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https://sites.google.com/site/aoifaireland/

Here is another terrific video from Eva – a triangle. Thanks to Rob for filming and editing too. (Two more videos lower down the page)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo1d-ed6iKY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QNfYH720&feature=share

Another lovely lesson from Eva.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QNfYH720&feature=share

Thanks very much Eva, it’s a beautiful lesson. Inspirational.

It will encourage people to get out in the garden and do a nice arrangement for Easter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKvSZIsjqbE

Guidelines for Competitors

Thanks very much to Helen Dooley (judge) for the guidelines, look at ‘competition tips’

This will be a great help to competitors with their exhibits.

Flower and Gardening Classes

Flower Arranging Classes at The Green House, Darver House Nursery 

For full details of all classes: 

Contact Eva at 086 – 8072040

email: evadarver@yahoo.ie

Website: www.darverhousenursery.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/eva.holmes.5

Web Sites:

A.O.I.F.A.  https://sites.google.com/site/aoifaireland/

‘Flowers by Lucy’ Kilkenny & Waterford: https://www.flowersbylucy.ie

https://www.facebook.com/Flowers-By-Lucy

Blackwater Floral Accessories: http://www.floralaccessories.com

https://www.facebook.com/kilkennyflowerclub

https://www.facebook.com/Waterfordandtramoreflowerclub/

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