International floral artist holds workshops in Strand

Neels Scot, an international floral artist with the Helderberg Flower Club, will be at the NG Kerk Strand Noord in Brand Street, Strand, on Wednesday July 27 with a workshop on weaving plant material and techniques, on Friday July 29 showing the mechanics and making structures in floral art, and on Saturday July 30 with a floral art demonstration.

The workshops cost R80 each, and the demonstration costs R120, including refreshments at all three events.

Book with Jannie du Toit at 072 473 2420.

* Neels’ interest in gardening and flowers started at a young age and he has always had an interest in flowers and gardening. After moving into Harare from a farming background Neels subsequently discovered the wonderful world of floral art. This started off as a hobby and soon became a passion.

He has entered various floral art competitions locally, regionally and internationally, where he re-ceived various awards.

Neels represented Zimbabwe at the World Association of Flower Arrangers World Show in June 2011 in Boston in the United States of America and was awarded a bronze. This prestigious event is hosted every third year and hosted in a different country each time.

One of Neels’ show highlights came in May 2013 when he entered to the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show celebrating their centenary year. Neels won a Gold medal at Chelsea for his design titled “Diversity”.

Neels is the current president of the governing body National Association of Garden Clubs of Zimbabwe (NAGC) as well as the WAFA representative for Zimbabwe.

Neels has also just passed his final exams as a horticultural judge and despite wearing all these hats Neels has also managed to pass his final exams of becoming a floral art judge, floral art demonstrator and floral art teacher.

Neels has a full-time job in the transport and logistics industry involving the transportation of vehicles throughout the SADC region.

He is heading to Kenya to demonstrate in Nairobi in October, after spending time in the Western Cape doing several demonstrations.