Saturday, 2 May 2009

Western Southland Floral Art Show

The Western Floral Art Club has created a beautiful harvest display in the Otautau Union Church.
Of course, harvest festivals have a long history in rural churches. Eighty to a hundred years ago, people had much bigger gardens and sharing the abundance through a Thanksgiving service was a natural end to the growing season.

The Western Floral Art Club has members from all around including Fairfax, Tuatapere, Riverton and Scotts Gap. Though their membership is dwindling, they still manage to put together some wonderful arrangements.

Among the cast of players are: harakeke (leaves and korari), chrysanthemums, roses, wheat, carrots, onions, apples, rhubarb, Japanese maple, Queen Anne's lace, juniper, and many, many others.

The Church's Thanksgiving service starts at 11am, Sunday 3 May, and will remain open until 4pm for those wishing to see it. There is a gold coin donation.

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