Floral design celebrity shares her secrets at La Jolla Garden Club meeting

La Jolla Garden Club members welcomed designer Carvill Veech of Coronado as the guest speaker at their fall meeting and tea, Nov. 16 at La Jolla Lutheran Church. Veech is an award-winning floral designer, instructor, and a National Garden Club accredited flower show judge. Her trademarks include originality, creative floral design style, and use of innovative floral containers, which to pass her test, must have the “remarkable” factor, she said.

Veech is also an avid home gardener and a UC Master Gardener. She took top spots at San Diego Museum of Art’s Battle of the Blooms, and the 2010 San Diego County Fair.

During her presentation, she welcomed questions from the crowd and urged garden club members to think outside the norm when choosing arrangement colors and containers, and to never underestimate the impact of an elevated stand.

Member Nancy Koch, who coordinates placement of the floral arrangement at the Riford Library, was on hand to sign up design volunteers. (Ever notice the botanical works by club members on the right wall as you enter the library that change each Tuesday?)

President Anne Capriglio hosted the meeting that is always open to guests.

The La Jolla Garden Club, founded in 1968, meets the third Tuesday of the month. Annual dues are $35. The next meeting is Jan. 18 with Patty Sallume of Andersen Nursery. For more information, call (858) 454-6227.