ATOMIZER OR FLOWER SPRAY
This is used to spray water onto plant material.
The most useful buckets are green plastic florists’ buckets, which are light and which stack easily inside one another. They come in two sizes.
This is a gadget used to strip off thorns and surplus. It looks rather like a pair of sugar tongs. If placed just above the area which you want to strip, and pulled downwards, it will in a flash remove whatever one wants removed.
Some heavy stones can be very helpful and it is as well to have a collection of them. Plastic containers are splendid but have the disadvantage that, being light, they are not very stable. Accordingly, before I arrangein one I first — before putting in the chicken wire — place one or two heavy stones at the bottom of the , which will prevent it from overturning.
WATERING CAN WITH LONG SPOUT
Acan with a specially long spout is essential for topping up vases and in particular for reaching through flower material in order to fill up cones.
The arrangers’ work will be more efficient if an area can be set aside in the church where all their equipment can be stored in safety. Most churches have a corner where a large cupboard or shelves can be made available for the arrangers’ sole use. In some large churches it may be convenient to have a cupboard in one place and to keep the pedestals and large containers in another area. In such a case it is helpful to identify as, for example, ‘Vestry cupboard’ or ‘bell tower’ each place where equipment is kept, and for items always to be returned to the right place. Otherwise time is wasted while church members trip to and fro to various corners of the building in fruitless searches. I have
It is helpful for a flower guild to build up a basic arrangers’ cupboard and I believe that the following list will provide a useful guide.
Contents of cupboard:
A variety of containers suited to the building’s needs A pair of pedestals
At least two old dust sheets
A large sheet of polythene
Roll of 2-inch-mesh chicken wire
Secateurs (wire cutters)
Dust pan and brush
Small watering can with long spout to top up cones, etc Six cones
Several blocks of Oasis. (If space is available, it is more economical to buy it by the box. Sometimes a local florist will sell it to you, but you may have to buy it from New Covent Garden Market.)
Several buckets (preferably the plastic ones referred to above) A kettle for use in conditioning flowers (and also for restoring arrangers with ‘cuppas’!) A hammer (for use in conditioning)
A knife forOasis
Two large heavy pin-holders
Atomizer (flower spray)
The items listed above should meet the needs of most churches, except on the occasion of flower festivals, in which case it may be necessary to borrow from neighbouring churches. There is usually a very happy spirit when churches help each other out at various times.