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Grandmothers' Garden presents Flowers Forever

By Erin O'Connor

Staff Writer

WESTFIELD On August 16 at the Grandmothers' Garden a workshop was presented to the public under the direction of Marie Flahive and hosted by the members of Grandmothers' Garden.

"This is the third year for the Flowers Forever Workshop," said Carolyn Lawry the head of the Garden education department, "Different artists are willing to give their time and talent to Grandmothers' Garden. Much of the organization was headed by Hilda Surprenant."

Flahive a Westfield artist asked the audience, "Find out what attracts you today."

The audience sat in lawn chairs as Flahive flipped through pages explaining ways of drawing flowers and the importance of deciding how you would like to record your garden.

"Perhaps as a botanical garden?" she asked. Whatever way you choose, she said, try and find a balance between detail and free area.

Flahive a former art teacher at St. Mary's in Westfield currently owns her own studio on Cherry Street. It features a variety of different types of classes that she does.

"Flahive is a lover of gardens and mother of four wonderful children," Lawry said.

The Flowers Workshop concluded the schedule of workshops for the year, Lawry said.

"We will have an evaluation committee in September to organize a schedule that will be available for print in January about activities that will run in the Garden," Lawry said.

The Garden will have a tour led by trained docents on Sept. 26 at 12 p.m.

Individuals who are interested are asked to meet in the summer house in the Garden and can find more information by calling Lawry at 562-3015.

The Garden members will also be visiting local senior centers during the winter time and showing slide shows of the garden.