Community Affairs

Kippen Flower Show

The Kippen Horticultural Society held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on 1 December at the Inn at Kippen, reflecting on the successful Kippen Flower Show held on 20 August 2016 and planning ahead to the next flower show, which in 2017 will be held on Sunday 20 August. It is hoped that the change of day for this traditionally Saturday event will allow competitors more time to prepare entries, and be a more attractive day for visitors to come and spend time at the show.

There were some new additions to the show in 2016 which proved very successful and which we plan to expand on this coming year.

The 2016 show benefitted from the involvement of Alison Bradley of Fusion Flowers, which helped encourage interest in the Floral Art section of the show. Alison has again kindly offered her support for the 2017 Kippen Flower Show. As she did this year, Alison has offered to run a set of flower arranging workshops prior to the next show, and to also judge the floral art section at the 2017 show.

The workshops held this year were a tremendous opportunity to learn flower arranging techniques from a world renowned expert, and also a lot of fun! Held in the evening at the Kippen Village Hall, this year’s workshops were offered at the cost of just £50 per person for three workshops covering the basics of flower arranging: Bouquets and posies, classical flower arrangement and table arrangement. As an incentive to enter the Kippen Flower Show, part of the workshop fee was also refunded if the participants went on to enter their arrangements in the show.

If you are interested in joining this coming year’s workshops further details will be posted on the Kippen Flower Show Facebook page, and places can be reserved by contacting Ali on 07748 651 564.

This year the Society was also very pleased to invite expert show competitor and judge Walter Robertson to the first of our evening events. Walter delivered a fascinating talk on the intricacies of growing and showing chrysanthemums. Not a task for the faint hearted! This event was held in October in the Inn at Kippen (with thanks to Alice and Mark Silverwood for the use of their events room).

We would like to hold more events like this in the coming year to encourage local horticulturalists. If you would like to present a talk, or have a suggestion of a topic you would like us to cover, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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