National award takes floral artist by surprise
A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet, but not look as beautiful as if it were arranged by Grafton floral artist Doreen Winkley.
Mrs Winkley was recently awarded the Garden Clubs of Australia Joan O'Brien Award for Excellence by an Individual in Floral Art.
"I felt very overwhelmed because I didn't know I was nominated," Mrs Winkley said.
"When I received the phone call from the NSW Floral Art Association, the lady asked if I was sitting down.
"I thought someone had passed away.
"But she said I was to be in Sydney too, receiving the award."
Mrs Winkley said she did not have a favourite flower, but saw the beauty in all types of plant material.
"Different flowers have different meanings and purpose," Mrs Winkley said.
"There are so many different ways to use flowers. I am a person that uses more foliage than usual."
Mrs Winkley said it was a prestigious award that she worked up to from humble beginnings.
"It all began in 1968. I was asked to arrange the flowers at St Matthew's at South Grafton for the third Sunday of the month
"And from that day until now I am still involved with arranging the flowers for any special occasions, like weddings and funerals.
"I've been at Christ Church Cathedral for Jacaranda for 30 years every year.
"This year will be the 31st in a row."
Mrs Winkley said floral art had taken her across NSW and Queensland.
She was also the judge's convener for the NSW Floral Art Association for seven years.