Beautiful bouquets to spread happiness

Central Southland Floral Art Club president Paula Wilson with one of the bunches of flowers that will be dotted around central Southland communities for the Lonely Bouquet Project.

Floral bouquets will be popping up around Central Southland as part of a floral art club project next week.

The Central Southland Floral Art Club's first event of the new year takes place on Tuesday, February 20, when members will place bunches of flowers at random locations for people to take home.

President Paula Wilson said the club decided to take part in the Lonely Bouquet Project to spread a bit of happiness and bring a smile to people's faces. The project originated in Belgium about four years ago where the likes of gardeners and floral designers prepare some flowers to share and abandon them in a place for a passerby to find and adopt. 

Mrs Wilson said in the northern hemisphere, the Lonely Bouquet Project usually took place in June, but the club decided to choose February as it more suited their supply of garden flowers.

"Our club nights over the past year have focused on craft techniques for making frames and armatures for contemporary floral design, so this is an excellent opportunity for our members to show these new trends and concepts to the public.

"We'd also like the community to see just what can be done with botanical materials from our local gardens and environment," she said.

Mrs Wilson said the club had around 32 members and they would prepare the bouquets the night before the project commenced (Monday 19).

"We're quite excited about it.

"And, of course, we're looking forward to spreading happiness and smiles through an unexpected gift of flowers."

The flowers will be placed in a variety of locations, but also at different times during the day.

"So if you are heading out and about in central Southland on Tuesday 20, look out for a Lonely Bouquet in need of a new home."

Mrs Wilson said people could follow the project's progress on the Central Southland Floral Art Club Facebook page. She encouraged those who found flowers to take photos and send to the page too.

The Lonely Bouquet Project aims to brighten people's day through the medium of flowers.


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