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.
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.
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
Please note the Club now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kilkennyflowerclub
The web address is: http://www.kilkennyflowerclub.ie
Recently irishtv attended a meeting of Kilkenny Flower Club and made a recording. Here is the link:
You might have to put in a search for Kilkenny Flower Club in the search box though.
When meetings resume next year:
Visitors are welcome, €10, this includes refreshments.
Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, Kilkenny
Following a committee meeting, we have decided to cancel all club meetings and activities until this Pandemic is over.
We hope that all of you are safe and well and look forward to getting to meet up again.
The Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA), conscious that our local club meetings remain paused. You may look up A.O.I.F.A’s website and Facebook page.
Some lovely Easter arrangements & Easter Egg Trees, look under ‘Competitions’ for all the entries. Thanks Eva for your Zoom classes.
I wish to enter ONE class I wish to enter TWO classes My choice(s) is/are – indicate 1st, 2nd choice below e.g. Class 2 1st
Imagine AOIFA 2021 Virtual Floral Art Competition Schedule
Class 1. SUMMER MISCELLANY
Space allowed: width 76cm, depth 60cm, height – optional.
1.Exhibits to be judged in accordance with the NAFAS Competitions Manual- Third Edition 2015.
2. Novice An exhibitor who has not won a first prize at a major show. Those holding a qualification in floral art/ flower arranging are ineligible to
enter the Novice Class.
3. All exhibits must be the original, unaided work of the competitor and not
previously exhibited, staged within the space allowed.
4. Registration for entry to the competition on the official entry form must be received by the Competitions Officer no later than Wednesday 28th April 2021.
5. Competitors may not enter more than two classes
6. Competitors may not stage more than one entry per class.
7. Competitors may submit only one photograph entry per class.
8. All photographs must be submitted to the Competitions Officer by email not
later than 10:00am GMT Friday 21st May 2021.
9. Exhibitor agrees to have his/her design published and named on social media.
Comments will be sent to the competitors in each class but these will not be published.
1. Judges – Bríd Kelleher NAFAS & Una Fleming AOIFA. The Judges decision is final.
2. An entry fee is not required
3. All classes are limited to 20 exhibits.
4. Alternative choices may be made as indicated on the entry form
5. Competitors will be advised of acceptance of entries as soon as possible after the closing date. If a class is over-subscribed entries may be allocated by ballot. Competitor’s acceptance of entry/entries must be returned by the Wednesday 5th May 2021.
6. A list of tips for photographing exhibits is included in this document.
7. Photographs may be cropped but not otherwise altered.
8. One photograph, front view of the exhibit is required.
9. In the event of a Pavé or tapestry style exhibit please submit an additional aerial photograph.
10. Please submit high resolution photographs (original/ actual/full) 11. Each competitor will be allocated a number.
12. Results will be posted on social media on Wednesday 2nd June 2021 and will also be emailed to all competitors.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be awarded in all classes. Commends will be at the discretion of the judges.
Best in Show & Runner- up to Best in Show
Most Interpretative Exhibit
Prize certificates will be awarded and emailed to winners.
Closing date for Entry to the show Closing date for acceptance of your entry Closing date for receipt of photographs Judging to commence
Wednesday 28th April 2021 Wednesday 5th May 2021 Friday 21st May 2021 Monday 24th May 2021 Wednesday 2nd June 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”.
NOTE NEW CATEGORY ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE: ‘COMPETITION TIPS’
Here is another terrific video from Eva – a triangle. Thanks to Rob for filming and editing too. (Two more videos lower down the page)
Another lovely lesson from Eva.
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.
*Meetings are cancelled until further notice*
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