This month the Chapter held two activities. First, on 12th April, 20 members were given a guided tour of the Cloudhill Garden at Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges by the owner Jeremy Francis. We learnt that the garden which has evolved from an old nursery is designed in the 'Arts and Crafts' style, like Sissinghurst in Kent in the U.K. The tour was inspiring and participants felt enriched by Mr Francis wealth of botanical, historical and design knowledge that he generously shared.
The garden has several views along terraces that transverse the sloping site.
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Our second activity, a Saturday morning workshop was attended by 15 enthusiastic members. It was included in out program particularly to provide an activity for our members who work, or have other regular commitments on our usual meeting day, Mondays.
The theme was a playful, exploratory activity, in which members brought a vessel and plant materials that they then exchanged with each other. Members were asked to choose materials and vessels that were unfamiliar, therefore having to improvise their arrangement on the spot. Christopher James lead the workshop and admitted to being provocative when he created the 'abstract' ikebana below in a hand-made ceramic suiban, see below.
The next photos identify the arranger but not the person who provided the materials and vessel.