A fantastic 194 photographs from 23 competitors were entered into this year’s competition, compared to 143 photographs from 17 competitors in 2021. The talented Janet Susan Kent A.R.P.S. (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) and member of Bexley Photographic Society, has kindly been our judge again.
Judges overall comment on entries was “An uplifting variety of wellproduced photographs which were a pleasure to judge. All competitors should be proud of their entries.”
The winner of the Carolyn Raisbeck Trophy is awarded to Laura Benson who entered this year for the first time. Laura won 1st prize in Class 1 “Kent Landscape or Seascape” and Class 6 “Wish you were here” and gained the most points overall … well done Laura!
Well done to everyone who entered. All the placed entries can be seen on the Gallery page under the 'MORE' heading.
A full list of the entrants and judges comments can be found on the Photography page under the JSDEP heading
Thank you to all our members who sent in daisy inspired designs for our Virtual Daisy Chain for National Flower Arrangers Day. All of the designs are on our Facebook page and the gallery page of this website. Click here to visit the gallery. Click on the small photos to see larger versions
The Spring Newsletter is now available for downloading. You can find it on the Kent News page of this website. Click here to go to the page
We have four "Kent" articles in Flora this quarter.
Robin's design from the area show is on P72
Gill Smaggasgale has an article on pages 48 and 49 about flowery things to do in Kent.
Trudie Easton has a design on pages 40, 41 and 71
Well done for our demonstrators promoting Kent Floral Art Nationwide
We were given a fun filled day of laughter and fabulous flowers on March 30th for JDSEP day at Ditton. Alan Haines had us heckling , singing and most of all laughing to the well remembered times of the baby boomer generation.
Robin White wowed with his usual wonderful designs and described how he decided on the theme which led him to win Designer of the Year in 2019. His finale was truly astounding, reminding us that he had originally planned to celebrate Kent Floral Art's Diamond Anniversary. He asked that we video the unveiling to allow all those who couldn't attend a chance to see what they missed view here: https://youtu.be/TqP3bCiNwoc
On Thursday 17th March representatives from club committee's joined the Executive and JDSE&P teams for a fun day in Hothfield while dealing with problems facing clubs. There were ideas for things to do at clubs, chances to meet people from other clubs, breakout sessions for treasurers, programme secretaries and chairman to address some of their concerns, a mini-workshop, a mini-talk and a demonstration with a difference...... oh and there was lots of cake!
Many members arrived looking nervous as not sure what to expect but went away smiling having made new friends
More photos on the Gallery page. Click here
Congratulations to Herne Bay Flower Arrangement Society who celebrate their Golden Anniversary this year and to Stour Valley Flower Arrangers who have been in exsitence for 30 years which is their pearl anniversary. We look forward to receiving posts of special arrangements to celebrate.
Thank you to all our talented members who send in photographs for the virtual exhibition entitled Looking Forward. In this design Lesley Iannidinardo of Sevenoaks is Looking Forward to walking in the Lake District. To see all the designs go to the Gallery Page by clicking here or go to our Facebook page Kent Floral Art where you can not only see the designs but see what people are looking forward to too!
Anne Luckett shows how to produce a pedestal without using foam. Thank you Anne
This lovely design of sweet peas in glass jars was chosen to feature in the new style NAFAS notelets. Congratulations Helen. See packs below. They should be available on the trading stall at the next Kent event JDSE&P day on March 30th
Congratulations to Gill Smaggasgale, Kent demonstrator and speaker and our own Kent Chairman, for her article about creating a suspended sculpture with contorted willow for the Virtual Flower Festival staged for easter 21 in the spring edition of Flora magazine.
You can also see Trudie Easton's (area demonstrator) Winning Chelsea exhibit ' Nature is our Medicine' Trudie won a gold medal and The President's award for best floral installation. Read about Trudies's ideas and build experience on page 60. Fabulous work by both, find their contact details in the demonstrators' section of the JDSE&P area on this site.
News from Kent Executive and Media Team