Demonstrator - Julia Knights Her Title: 'Hello Broadway'
Our September meeting with National Demonstrator Julia Knight was a very enjoyable evening. With the title 'Hello Broadway' Julia took the audience there. Having just passed her demonstrator qualifications she shared some of her test arrangements with us.
We began with 'Chorus Line', a container lined with yellow and green foliages. Yellow Roses represented dancers of different stature, some standing, some sitting, Yellow Taxi and apples to indicate the Big Apple.
Her second arrangement had wood, shaped to resemble 'Crag Rock' from the Lion King. Palm foliage for jungle, Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) to resemble leaping Gazelles and in the foreground Monstera leaves and pink Protea from South Africa. Branches of Pieris, bronzed leaves and Lotus seed heads completed the design. 'Singing in the Rain' followed with a Lamp Post, Phormium leaves to show water cascades, infilled with Pittosporum for raindrops, several green Antheriums, centrally placed Pink Hydrangea and several small heads placed in suspended glass splash droplets. Pale pink Carnations and umbrella completed the arrangements. Memories of Eric and Ernie! We were treated to 'Phantom of the Opera' with a candled foliage wreath, Fagus (Copper Beech),grouped dark Heuchera leaves and pale pink Champagne Roses, two masks added to the effect. The design was on a Pedestal with second wreath at the base.
A visit to 'My Fair Lady' followed showing Eliza Doolittle's hat. A large shape made of woven Birch twigs complemented with a trim of Ferns for feathers, Snowberry sprays, white Hydrangea Lilies, Sweetpeas and Avalanche roses. Delicate Asparagus fern and green and white Hosta leaves. A twig umbrella stood alongside.
Finally a trip to 'Carmen' set in Seville. A Bridge of glass tubes each containing different coloured Gerbera to imitate the Gypsy girls. Carmen herself, a large dark Rose. The 'Guardia' stood in command position . Julia told the story using plants for people. ie. Ivy and Myrtle which had the audience laughing more so when the only male member was named as the Matador. During a fight, Carmen was stabbed and Love-Lies- Bleeding flowed down.