THE ASSOCIATION OF IRISH FLORAL ARTISTS
Friendship through Flowers
AOIFA is a national organisation encompassing over 80 clubs all over Ireland and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023.
The executive of the association moves around the country every two years and for the period 2021/2023 it is in the Third Area.
At club level, you get to experience a wide variety of demonstrators and learn from teachers with a vast amount of knowledge. Gardening also plays a big part in clubs’ activities.
A vast array of lessons, advanced courses, teaching and demonstrating courses as well as competitions and festivals are hosted by clubs annually.
We have had many representatives on the world stage and have been represented at Canada Blooms as well as at the Chelsea Flower Show.
In 20114, we had the honour of hosting the 11th World Show in the RDS, Dublin.
Every September, we host a ‘Friendly Bouquet’ day where clubs make bouquets and place them around towns and villages, hoping to bring some joy and friendship to the people that receive them.
A new charity is chosen every two years and all clubs fundraise for the charity.
Over the past six years, AOIFA has raised and donated €73,000 to MS Ireland, €54,000 to Irish Cancer Research and €48,300 to Pieta House; the current chosen charity is The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
We are delighted to be associated with Cork Summer Show 2023 and to have the opportunity to showcase the work we do all around the country.
If you are thinking of joining, check out your local club on www.aoifa.com or watch the gardening notes in the Irish Examiner (Saturdays) for events in your area.
If you are visiting the Show, please do not hesitate to ask questions of any of the stewards or find our contact details on the website.
We look forward to chatting with you at Cork Summer Show 2023!