Seminar -- Christmas, “Tis the Season”

Speaker: Elizabeth Matheson
Date: November 12, 2019
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON N2H 2H1
Room: D/E (Lower level)

Christmas, "Tis the Season - Lizzie Matheson, will demonstrate designing floral displays using the above theme, and hopefully give you ideas for floral decorating for the coming season.  She will discuss plant material longevity, design techniques and conditioning of flowers used within designs.   Duration of demonstration will be approximately 50 minutes.  Lizzie prefers to answer questions during designing, rather than at end of demonstration.  After completion of demonstration, all designs (not containers or accessories) that is plant materials and flowers will be used as draw prizes for the benefit of Kitchener Horticultural Society. 


On relocating to England from Scotland in 1984 Lizzie Matheson had the opportunity to pursue her passion for garden design and Floral and Art Design, enrolling at Swindon College Wiltshire.  The Course was examined under the City & Guilds Institute of London and was tutored by Mavis Brooker and Marianne Aaronson for Floral Design and Michael Burgess Lackham College for Garden Design.  Duration of course was 7 years, and included 14 period histories.  This course was to Degree level.

In addition to this Lizzie studied at Oxford Brookes College obtaining Tutor/Assessor Certification which enabled her to continue teaching and assessing the City & Guilds programme at Swindon College on retirement of her tutors.  

In order to gain accreditation to become a Demonstrator and Judge of Floral Design, further training of 4 years was undertaken through The National Association of Flower Arrangers (NAFAS) affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain - Badges which she still holds. 

Lizzie enjoys the challenge of Show Work and a few accolades to date from U.K. are:  2 Individual Gold Medals from Worshipful Company of Gardeners - Sept. l987 and Sept. l990, Silver Gilt Medal and individual Gold medal RHS May 2009 and May 2010. 

Most esteemed - Bronze Medal Winner at Royal Chelsea Flower Garden Show 2007.

Lizzie is keen to support Ontario Shows and has had several successes:  2012 Best in Show Design Division, Ontario Hort. Convention Niagara; Canada Blooms 2014 Special Individual Award in Open Floral Design Class;  2019 Best in Show Horticultural Division RBG Triennial Show.

Since coming to Ontario have enjoyed competing successfully at Canada Blooms and local Shows at Royal Botanical Gardens.

These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.

There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.