Mochrum Flower Festival

La Rochelle by Lorraine Gaw
La Rochelle by Lorraine Gaw

Last weekend saw crowds flock to Mochrum Kirk to visit the church’s renowned Flower Festival in all it’s splendour.

This year the theme was “Holidays” and the exhibitors were duly inspired, perhaps by the recent spell of excellent weather.

Dark Sky Park - Pauline Todd

Dark Sky Park - Pauline Todd

Walking around the church turned into something akin to a round-the-world trip as we flitted from admiring the African themed ‘Safari’ arrangement by Pauline Todd to gazing into the heart of rural France with the rich terracotta colours of ‘Tuchan’ in France by Claire Nash. The Entente Cordial was much to the fore with ‘La Rochelle’ the theme of Lorraine Gaw’s creation and ‘Le Tour’ a yellow jersey inspired effort from the mum and daughter combination of Angie and Amy Ashton.

For those who prefer the delights of home, Elaine Milven used the wonderful colours of Bonnie Gallowa’ for her ‘Staycation’ arrangement. Also based on the home holiday theme was ‘Dark Sky Park’ by Pauline Todd representing the spectacle that is our very own Galloway Forest Park at night.

Allan Murphie was given the challenge of creating the piece de resistance for the alter and he didn’t disappoint with his “thinking outside the box” ‘Final Destination’ a jaw-dropping set of three separate arrangements that cleverly linked the beginning of his long-distance journey - Scotland; the half way stop-over - Singapore; and the final destination of Australia.

The flower festival ran for three days and delicious cream teas were served by the Guides. All the arrangements were auctioned afterwards for church funds.

Allan MUrphie's final destination was Australia

Allan MUrphie's final destination was Australia

Le Tour - Angie and Amy Ashton

Le Tour - Angie and Amy Ashton

Safari - Pauline Todd

Safari - Pauline Todd

Staycation - Elaine Milven

Staycation - Elaine Milven