St Augustine’s Cathedral celebrates 150 years

2016-11-09 06:00
Gail Taverner.             Photo: SUPPLIED

Gail Taverner. Photo: SUPPLIED

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ST AUGUSTINE’S Cathedral is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and, as part of the celebrations, Gail Taverner will be presenting a Floral Art Display in the Cathedral on November 12.

Floral art is an art form based on the basic principles of design using flowers and plant material such as berries, branches, pods and many other gifts of creation.

Taverner has been involved in this art form for over 30 years.

“My inspiration comes from being out in nature, perhaps noticing a beautiful naked branch silhouetted against the bright blue skies of winter, the golden berries this time of the year or the palm spathe that has grown in the neighbour’s garden refuse,” said Taverner.

Taverner has been a Qualified South African Flora Union Judge since 1997. Since her first big break as a South African demonstrator at the International Floral Demonstration in 1999, she has travelled all over the world for World Flower Shows, including Japan, Scotland and Kenya.

“There is a World Association of Flower Arrangers and they all gather every three years for a World Competitive Show. It is almost like the Olympics of Floral Art.

South Africa, particularly the Eastern Cape, has always featured well in this gathering of floral enthusiasts from around the world,” Taverner said.

The next World Flower Show will take place in 2017 in Barbados and Jill Hoskin, a colleague and friend of Taverner, will represent South Africa as a judge for the show.

Taverner has been selected to create a design which will represent South Africa; thus the Eastern Cape will be represented as well.

The Floral Art Display that will take place at St Augustine’s Cathedral on November 12 at 2pm is to pay tribute to those who have served the parish over the past 150 years.

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