Fun, friendship and flowers

News Archive - 2015 and earlier

Christmas Dinner and Demonstration

Linda Soutar was our last demonstrator for 2015. Linda is well known to the Perth Flower Club ladies who love her dry sense of humour.  As always she did not disappoint, even as she said herself after her Christmas dinner she felt more like having a nap than doing a demonstration, and dared any of the audience to nod off. Here is Linda with one of her beautiful arrangements.

 Fundraising success!

Mrs Margo Kettles Vice Chairman of Perth Flower Club hands over a cheque to representatives of R.D.M Autistic Unit, Scone.  Also in the picture Mrs Marry Ritchie, Mrs Helen Jackson and Mrs Sheila Nairn.

NAFAS Food and Flower Festival

Congratulations to our own Mrs Margo Kettles who won a 3rd place at the N.A.F.A.S Food and Flower Festival in Blackpool for her exhibit Celebration.
Margo is seen here with an arrangement she did for Perth Flower club last Christmas.

November meeting

Lillias Hoskins was the demonstrator for the November meeting. Lillias was at her very best with some beautiful arrangements, she had just come back from judging at the N.A.F.A.S Food and Flower Festival so we got all the news first hand.  Lillias never disappoints - she is a very talented lady who is happy to share her flower arranging secrets.

October Meeting

P.F.C had a wonderful night's entertainment thanks to the very talented and knowledgeable demonstrator Mr Don Billington.  Don kept everyone their toes with his leaf recognition questions, and showed the audience some of his leaf manipulation techniques.  Don is highly entertaining and will be welcomed back to Perth any time.

May Meeting

Perth Flower Club’s last demonstrator before the summer break was Julie Culton from Freuchie in Fife.  Julie is one of the new girls who have only recently passed their demonstrators exam and it’s easy to see why she passed, with her lovely arrangements and her stories of being married to a Gamekeeper, and the wonderful wildlife on her door step.  Thank you Julie for a great evening hope to see you again. Here we see Julie with her arrangement for the top of a grand piano.  

AGM News - New Vice Presidents

Margo Kettles and Myra Brien were invited to become joint Vice Presidents of Perth Flower Club.  They were presented with their badges at the A.G.M. by Vera Taylor Club Chairman.  Vera thanked them for all their hard work in representing the Club through out the years.


Congratulations to our prize winners!  Below reading left to right are: Sheila Nairn, Alison Ford,Shirley Mills, Helen Jackson, Myra Brien, Lorne Herriot Maitland , and Margo Kettles.

April meeting

Perth Flower Club were privileged to have Alan Beatty from Ireland, who is on tour. Alan’s title was “Melange” and he certainly gave us a good mixture of arrangements.  He has a vast knowledge of plants and was happy to share it with us. He even dispelled the myth that the Lucky Bamboo Sticks are in fact not bamboo but Dracaena.  A lovely evening was had and much enjoyed by all.

Alan with one of his more traditional arrangements.

Annual Show

Here is a selection of the fantastic work on display at our recent annual show.

February meeting

PFC welcomed Mary Law to our February meeting.  Mary gave an excellent talk and demonstration. Her title was "My World of Flowers" and Mary took us back to the good old days of flower arranging, where everyone wore a hat to the meetings.  Unlike today when we are desperate to let any one try their hand at arranging, when Mary started out you had to prove you were good enough before you had a chance of doing anything for the club.  Changed days indeed!  Mary was very entertaining and a most enjoyable evening was had by all.

PFC Christmas Dinner

Perth Flower Club had their last meeting of 2014 which ended on a high note with a lovely Christmas Dinner in the Grampian Hotel and some in house entertainment provided by the committee.  And the ladies did not disappoint!  

First we had a film show of the Glasgow Flower Festival, "Roots, Fruits and Shoots".  A big thank you to Helen Jackson for that. Next up was a version of The Great British Bake Off, The  P.F.C Arrange Off with two teams of two, and the judging done Panto style with lots of audience participation. There were of course no winners or losers. The girls were were very funny trying to sabotage each others' work and produced beautiful work in a limited time span. Last but by no means least we had the very talented Margo Kettles.  Margo also did a beautiful arrangement and passed on some tips for the less gifted of us, she however kept the secret of which wood she gets her trailing ivy from.The vote of thanks was ably done by Pat Scotland who commented on the lovely table arrangements done by the committee. So a night of Fun Flowers and Friendship was had by all.

November meeting

In spite of a miserable night there was a good turn out of members to see Kathleen Gibson, and she was well worth the effort.  Her theme was "Inspirational Moments", some of which came from some of her holidays which didn't always go to plan.  Kathleen's arrangements were all beautiful with a lovely variety of flower and foliage. She kept her audience  entertained with her many stories and as if that wasn't enough she brought her cousin with her who helped with the unloading and loading of her car so the committee got a night off.   Come back soon Kathleen!

October meeting

Perth flower club were well entertained when Hetty Redwood came to demonstrate on the 13th October.  Hetty only passed her demonstrators test this year and is already very professional. She is also very funny and could do well at stand up comedy as she had us all in stitches.

World Flower Show 2014, Ireland

Margo Kettles with her exhibit at the WAFA Show in Ireland in June.  Margo was awarded Silver for her exhibit entitled "Coastal Narrative".  Well done Margo, many congratulations from the Perth Flower Club girls and Beyond 2000.

You can see the results from the show here:

WAFA results website

.. and to be honest a better photo of Margo's work that we've managed.  Some fabulous work, and no shortage of inspiration for us!

May meeting

Audrey Buchan was our demonstrator for the last meeting before the summer break and what a treat she was!  She kept us entertained with stories of her Sprocker pup Penny, and her long suffering husband (lot's of them in flower arranging circles!)

Audrey is one of the newly qualified demonstrators, and what an asset she is to the demonstrators list.  She has lots of quirky ideas; one of them was with fencing wire (sprayed of course).  All the arrangements were full of wonderful colour and variety. Come back soon Audrey to P.F.C.

April meeting

Perth Flower Club had a most enjoyable evening with Jo Goldsworthy at their April meeting. Jo's title was "Spring is in the Air".  With her thoughts turning to Spring Cleaning, she had us all in stitches with her tips on what to do with your cobwebs etc.

Preparing for the Glasgow Flower Festival in July

The Perth Flower Club ladies have been hard at work preparing for the Glasgow Flower Festival in July.  The exhibition is entitled "Roots, Fruits and Shoots", and can be seen in the Glasgow Cathedral on the 23rd and 24th July.

March Meeting

Mrs Irene Parker was the demonstrator for our March meeting, and what a lovely variety of flowers and colour she gave us.  We all picked up some great tips and ideas, so many thanks to Irene.


We held our AGM on Monday 17 February and enjoyed a good turn out.  Anne Buchan was our demonstrator.  Her theme was "Flower Arranger Reminiscing", one of her exhibits is shown below.  Ann certainly brought back a lot of memories with her demonstration and stories, and a good night was enjoyed by all.

2014 meeting schedule available

The calendar for 2014 is now up on the site.  Have a look in the "Diary and Events" section for this year's dates.  Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Feb 17th.

Christmas Dinner and Demonstration

This year's Christmas Dinner and Demonstration was a big success.  We were delighted to have Mrs Sandra Halkett presenting, whose theme was "Christmas is coming".  By the end of the evening the room was looking very Christmassy as you can see below.  Many thanks to Sandra, and we look forward to welcoming her back to Perth Flower Club again soon.

November meeting

At November's meeting we were lucky enough to welcome Rosalyn Harrison.  The pic below shows Rosalyn with one of her creative designs.  

Clearly a very talented lady, Rosalyn's demonstration was both entertaining and enlightening.  We look forward to having her back soon!

Area show 1st & 2nd November

Preparations are now well underway for the forthcoming AREA Show in the Dewar Centre in Perth on the 1st & 2nd November.  It's a busy time for the club - whether as volunteers helping with the stewarding of the event, or getting ready to compete.  Mary Ritchie and Sheila Nairn will be representing us in the club category, while Margo Kettles has entered the individual open competition.  Good luck girls!

Summer Round-up

The ladies of Perth Flower Club have had a busy summer, competing in flower shows in and around Perth.  Congratulations to all who won prizes and commiserations to those who just missed out - better luck next time.  

A big thank you to Margo Kettles, Alison Ford, Sheila Nairn, Vera Taylor, Myra Brien and Eleanor Crichton for flying the flag for Perth Flower Clulb - well done ladies!

Below is a picture of Avril Aitken's entry that scooped 1st prize at the Almond Valley Horticulture Society Flower and Craft Show ...

Golden Anniversary

Perth Flower Club recently celebrated our Golden Anniversary.  Here is a picture of the anniversary cake ...

And one of Mary Ritchie putting the finishing touches to one of the arrangements for the anniversary dinner ...

Annual Club Show

This year's Annual Club Show was a great success!

Jean Taylor (far left) , our past chairperson, presented the prizes to (left to right) Sheila Nairn for most points and best in show, Mary Richie for runner up best in show, Eleanor Crichton for best overall photographic exhibit, and Margo Kettles for best overall craft exhibit.  Well done all!