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Floral club brings women together to design arrangements

December 13, 2018 GMT

MOUNT VERNON — The scents of fresh flowers and pine boughs wafted through the air Tuesday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center — a sure sign the Designing Women Floral Club was hard at work.

“When you love flowers and doing things with them, you want to share them with people,” said Gerry Douglas, who founded the Mount Vernon club about eight years ago.

Once a month, the women in the club get together to create floral arrangements — some natural, others sparkling with glittery accents.

“Nothing’s right, nothing’s wrong,” club President Joyce Hollywood said. “It’s just whatever you want to do. It’s the pleasure of playing with flowers.”

Douglas, a former teacher in Snohomish County, founded the club after she retired from teaching a high school floral design class.

“This is something anyone can do their entire lives,” she said.

While the Mount Vernon club welcomes aspiring florists of all levels, it is also a place for competitors, Hollywood said.

For those wanting to participate in garden shows, she said the club has three state-certified judges who can critique design and give advice.

Those who don’t want to compete can take their arrangements home for personal use.

“It’s a challenge,” said Lynn Grobschmit, who has been attending the club since its start.

December’s theme, “The Colors of Christmas,” allowed the women to play with color, and use wooden and metal sleighs and Christmas lights to accent their creations.

With the exception of January and February, the club meets once a month.

“We meet during the summer so we can use our gardens,” Hollywood said.

Hollywood said the club has about eight members, but she is hoping to add more.

The only requirements, she said, are passion and an eye for beauty.

The club meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.