Wigtown Flower Circle’s Christmas Open Demonstration with Dawn Weaver was enjoyed by a large crowd in the primary school recently.
Dawn had called into Wigtown at the start of her tour of Scotland and the Chester-based floral artist didn’t disappoint. She based her six creations on JR Tolkien’s ‘Letters from Father Christmas’ and started off with a sleigh filled with holly, ivy and skimmia before adding in festive deep red and scarlet carnations and hypericum berries as a finishing touch.
Dawn talked about her 20 years experience in demonstrating and her work as a florist. She has won numerous gold medals from the Chelsea Flower Show and Tatton Park Flower Show, Dawn moved on to design number two. The frame for this was a base similar to three steps of a stepladder. To the rungs she added a backing of artificial snow-covered ferns before adding in stunning white Phalaenopsis orchids with the finishing touches of silver baubles and pine cones.
As she took her audience through tales of Christmas from the book, Dawn moved onto creating an alternative Christmas tree with a basket base she had made out of cornus branches. To this she weaved in yellow carnations while telling the story of Martin Luther bringing the first Christmas tree indoors after seeing the frost sparkle on fir trees in the moonlight in the forests near his home in Germany 500 years ago. There was a hush in the room as Dawn talked of her Christmas memories with her family before turning the alternative tree round to her audience after finishing her creation off with wonderfully bright ‘spotlight’ yellow roses.
‘Red Gnomes and Green Goblins’ was the next theme with glitter tipped dried Strelitzia leaves starting off the magnificent creation which featured aspidistra leaves, Ilex berries, and skimmia with vivid red anthuriums as the gnomes and Shamrock chrysanthemums as the goblins.
‘Ibiris the Snowman’ then came to life through Dawn’s creative hands with palm leaves as a backing for gypsophila to represent snowflakes, with leaves from the Monstera deliciosa better known as the cheese plant, fatsia leaves and cuttings of laburnum. With the body of the snowman created, the finishing touches to the design were provided by white carnations for snowballs, cream roses and white Christmas baubles speared onto simple kebab sticks.
Dawn’s final design was based on the Aurora Borealis with the spectacular nature of the Northern Lights being nature’s answer to a fireworks display. This was represented by the jewel-like colours of Dracena, Palm leaves and Panicum grass. Sprigs of rosemary were added in to give the design a subtle perfume. With a black velvet backdrop and fairy lights added, there were ‘oohs and ahhs’ from the audience as the hall lights were dimmed and the full effect of the twinkling lights in the design was revealed.
After a hearty round of applause from all for Dawn’s talent, flower circle convenor Pauline Todd thanked Dawn for coming to Wigtown and giving the members such inspiration for the future.
The floral displays were them raffled off for club funds.