Rockford Garden Club hosts ‘Destinations’—A floral design program by National Flower Show judges May 2

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From press release

“Destinations” is the theme of a creative floral design program to be presented by Avant Garde Wednesday, May 2, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd., in Rockford. The fund-raising luncheon and program is sponsored by the Rockford Garden Club. Registration and viewing of more than a dozen floral designs begins at 11 a.m. with the luncheon and program scheduled for noon.

Avant Garde, an advanced floral design group, is made up of National Flower Show judges. The group will share the latest trends, ideas, and tips in a program of traditional and modern floral designs using exciting and original combinations of plant material and objects. There are 15 active members, including Stephanie Bradley of Rockford, at least 12 of whom will be presenting floral designs at the May 2 fund-raising luncheon program.

Each floral design will depict a particular destination, such as the USA’s Southwest or Paris. Program attendees will enjoy matching designs to a list of Destinations they will receive when they arrive. To best enjoy the program, attendees are encouraged to allow enough time to view the completed floral designs before lunch. Members of Avant Garde also will produce a couple of floral designs during the program. In addition, two arrangements will be presented to raffle winners.

Avant Garde was founded more than 30 years ago by 13 National Council judges who wanted to become better and more creative judges and flower arrangers. Today, the group, whose members come from the greater Chicago and northern Illinois area, continues to meet monthly to stimulate and encourage each other. The members try to view plant materials in new and creative ways of self-expression.

The cost of the event is $35 per person and the deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 25. For more information, call 815-885-3207. Proceeds from the event will benefit Rockford Garden Club, which celebrated its 90th year in 2006, community gardening projects.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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