Floristry students doing the Certificate II in Floristry at Taree TAFE made a special contribution to Anzac Day ceremonies yesterday.
The eight students, working with their floristry teacher Delwyn Thomas, constructed floral wreaths for ceremonies at Nabiac and Forster, which were presented and laid by TAFE staff.
Delwyn explained that the students learnt both traditional and modern wreath design, reflecting on the traditional blooms used on Anzac Day and the significance of these flowers and leaves.
“Many traditional Anzac Day flowers, like the Flanders Poppy which grew profusely in the battlefields of Turkey, are generally only available in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year. Others, like Rosemary, are available year round in the Manning,” Delwyn said.
The students were also encouraged to experiment with an abundance of interesting native flowers and berries found around the Taree Campus, to supplement bought flowers and mosses. One of the most stunning was the bloom of the Queensland Fire Tree which worked well in the class’s modern wreath.
Next Wednesday, the Taree TAFE floristry students will be involved in creating floral arrangements for a major TAFE nursing and aged care conference being held at Club Taree.
“This type of practical floral experience at community functions is essential learning for the students,” said Delwyn who has an extensive background as a professional florist with more than 40 years experience in all facets of the nursery, horticulture and floriculture industry.