An upcoming display of floral art at Darts Hill Garden Park in South Surrey is about sharing just a glimpse of what can be done with flowers, say organizers.
BC Floral Art Society will host a small display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 16, “just to show people you just don’t cut flowers – this is what you can do with flowers,” said Mei Harper.
Harper, in charge of programs for the 50-year-old society, said the one-day event will include a selection of hanging and table designs, as well as demonstrations at noon and 2 p.m.
Involved in the BC Floral Art Society for the past 15 years, Harper said floral art is not flower arranging, but the use of flowers – as opposed to paint, art pencils and such – as a medium to create art, from boutonnieres to sculptures.
The society, which meets monthly in New Westminster, aims “to promote and advance floral art… using plant materials of all kinds,” its website states.
Harper said floral art clubs are established throughout the Lower Mainland, including in Langley and Chilliwack.
Canada is among founding countries of the World Association of Floral Artists. Management of WAFA moves from country to country every three years, with host countries organizing an international seminar, world flower show and other events during their tenure.
“We are hoping to get into (WAFA), which is a competition that’s held once every three years in different parts of the world,” noted Harper.
She said Saturday’s exhibit at Darts Hill will not be as large as a land art exhibit the society held seven years ago, when a couple dozen installations created from items found in the natural environment were showcased at Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club.
Darts Hill Garden Park is located at 1633 170 St.