Demonstrator: Lee Berrill His Title: 'All that glitters . . .'
Our members and visitors enjoyed a fabulous evening on November 1st at a demonstration by Lee Berrill entitled “All that glitters…..”. Lee from Northamptonshire said it would be a light-hearted look at Christmas.He featured baubles in many of his arrangements and confessed that he uses so many each Christmas that he buys them in bulk once Christmas is over each year when they are greatly reduced in price.He had made a huge bauble out of hula hoops and mesh fabric into which he arranged red gerbera, anthuriums and carnations.
He explained that his interest in flowers started from having to go with his mother to a demonstration because his father was not home in time to baby sit!After school he attended a City & Guilds College in Wales where he studied floristry, botany and other subjects before working at a florist in Luton.He now has his own business in Earls Barton.
As well as buying baubles in the sales, he advised that electrician’s cable ties are excellent for securing mechanics and that friends who have gardens with lots of foliage which he can cut are invaluable. His dog walking neighbour collects pine cones for him – he used over 400 in his next arrangement of yellow chrysanthemums and roses.
The design “Three Kings” was in rich purple and red carnations and gerbera with purple ostrich feathers. More baubles came next with orange flowers before a more traditional “winter” arrangement featuring cones, white lisianthus and lilies with blue cedar sprays. Finally, “Music”- three very colourful arrangements using holly, ivy and red & burgundy flowers, one on a drum, another around a violin and the final one with a harp – a spectacular end to a very special evening.