British floral designer headlines garden club’s Meet the Masters event on April 7
By Jenna Jay
Floral arrangements will provide the centerpiece to an afternoon of botanic bustle when the Village Garden Club of La Jolla hosts its annual Meet the Masters lecture beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St.
Guests will find a forum for all things horticulture at the event, which will feature British floral designer Paula Pryke as the guest of honor. Pryke, an internationally recognized florist, author, and founder of the distinguished Flower School in London, will provide floral demonstrations and offer insights into her verdant interpretations.
“She’s going to walk us through floral arrangements that have been specifically inspired by something within nature,” explained Barbara Pieper, chairman of the event. “It could be the color, type of flower, vegetating matter. She’s going to compose arrangements that are vintage, some that are classic, and others modern — all taking the same theme.”
Pryke, a London-based floral designer who has consulted with corporations such as Samsung in Korea and Target in the U.S. as well as several leading UK supermarkets, will also be promoting her 14th book, “The Ultimate Floral Collection,” which was released in 2010.
Meet the Masters is the largest event of the year for the Village Garden Club of La Jolla that strives to bring together members of the community interested in landscape design, horticulture, conservation and floral design.
“Part of what the Village Garden Club does is to present high quality information to the community,” Pieper said. “We reach out to floral designers and garden clubs all over California.”
A tea reception will follow the “show” at St. James Hall. Event sponsorships and VIP packages are available and include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with Paula Pryke at a private residence in La Jolla on April 6.
The Village Garden Club of La Jolla will provide more floral excitement on Thursday, April 28 when it presents its annual “Expressions in Art and Flowers” exhibition at Torrey Pines Christian Church. The program boasts floral displays inspired by works of art from more than 35 of the club’s designers and is a feast for the eyes!
If you go:
What: Meet the Masters 2011
When: 1:30 p.m. April 7; doors open 12:30 p.m.
Where: Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla
Tickets: $55 VGCLJ members, $65 non-members
VIP package: $250; wine and hors d’oeuvres reception April 6 with Paula Pryke and VIP seating
Sponsorship: $1,000 includes 4 guests with VIP package, plus attribution in program
Contact: (858) 876-7141.
What: Expressions in Art and Flowers exhibition
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28
Where: Hashinger Hall, Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North
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