Nundle School of Arts Hall looked more like a florists today as CWA members prepared flower arrangements to decorate the Nundle CWA Art Show
The Nundle CWA flower team of Margaret Chamberlain, Barbara Webster and Margaret Schofield collected flowers and foliage from their gardens, and laid them out on four trestle tables before creating their displays.
Delivering her second boot-load of flowers and foliage for the morning Margaret Chamberlain says, "You've got to see my smokebush."
She walked into the hall with an armful of roses, salvia, valerian, and oak and gleditsia foliage.
The season was looking desperate until last month when Nundle had about 60mm of rain in three days, followed up with 20mm this week.
"A couple of weeks ago there was nothing in the garden, not even weeds," Barbara Webster says.
Thanks to the good falls Nundle School of Arts Hall is full of the delicate scent of roses, larkspurs, pittosporum, star jasmine, cottage rose, and cat mint. Some plants are chosen for their flowers, like bottle brush, while others are chosen for their form like butterfly bush.
"We all have different ideas about arranging flowers," Barbara says.
"I like flowers of similar colours while others will add contrasting colours.
"I usually start with adding height with foliage at the back of a vessel and then flowers lower in height, spilling over towards the front."
Any unbreakable vessel within sight has been filled with flowers, from plastic and galvanised steel buckets and vases, to baskets improvised with bricks and oasis, even a plastic crisper out of a refrigerator.
The volunteers don't have a set number of displays that they aim for, but rather create until the flower supply is exhausted.
Nundle CWA Art Show starts tonight, 7pm, Friday, November 9, with a Gala Opening and champagne supper, $25 per head. Judge artist Rowen Matthews
will announce the category winners at 8pm. The exhibition and sale continues throughout the weekend Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sunday (10am-3.30pm), November 10-11, entry $5. Funds raised support the maintenance of the CWA Rooms that house Nundle CWA Pre-school, Hunter New England Health and visiting doctor's surgery.
At 5-9pm on Saturday, November 10 there is a German-inspired Nundle Lions Twilight Christmas Market in the Nundle Woollen Mill grounds.
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