Underwater Floral Design Workshop

Photos by Theresa Petersen

Submitted by Gillian Rozicer, Publicity Chair

On Wednesday, October 4, Garden Club members learned the basics of underwater flower arranging.   Chairs Julie Eller and CindyMcGrath brought in a wide assortment of flowers and members brought in their own clear glass containers for the project.   Debbie Ayers and Bette Della Torre gave a how-to demonstration to start the class, emphasizing how to place a metal frog, wash rocks and choose the right flowers. Finally, water was not to be “splashed in” but poured gently.

Flowers included pink, yellow, red and white roses, baby’s breath, and pink and orange carnations and eucalyptus.

One purpose of the class was to let club members practice flower arranging  and learn from the experts before the more formal events throughout the year.

Floral Design Workshop April 2022

On April 1, 2022 Cathy Sutton and JoAnne McKee led a floral design workshop for 35 Garden Club of Long Beach Island members at the Bay Avenue Community Center in Manahawkin. The workshop was designed to encourage members to flex their creative floral design talents for the club’s upcoming May 5th Standard Flower Show. Flowers used in the arrangements included carnations, mums, alstroemeria, solidago and eponymous. Pussy willows added a wonderful springtime touch. Members created lovely arrangements that they then took home . Remember, click on a photo to enlarge.

Photos: Jeannette Michelson

Virtual Floral Design Workshop Video

This video demonstrates a classic vase arrangement in less then 6 minutes! Use flowers and greens from your garden or pick up a bunch from your local market (or a combination of both).  We hope this will inspire our Garden Club members to create a fun arrangement at home during these socially-distant times.  Please send a picture of your creation via email to and your arrangement may be highlighted in an upcoming newsletter or on the website.