Garden Club bringing designer to speak

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Just in case you have not heard, Tracy Proctor, AIFD, from Designs by Tracy Proctor, of Tupelo, will grace our city to present a design workshop seminar on Friday.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. in Ellicott Hall, access to the building is from Jefferson Street at Wall Street, and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch.

The Natchez Garden Club has hosted a garden seminar with different guest lecturers and designers for the past four years. This is the fifth year to host this event and it will be a one-day lecture and demonstration.

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Tracy Proctor has achieved professional status as one of the most sought after floral artists in the United States. He has created beautiful weddings on the west coast and throughout the United States.

His gift of design and clever plant material selections will amaze even the novice. His professional travels have taken him to participate in floral events and present lectures throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Europe, Australia and South America. Whether or not you are “into” floral design or an admirer of lovely flowers you will enjoy this event.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Proctor has been a major force in the floral design industry for the past 15 years. While attending Mississippi State, he won numerous collegiate and AIFD competitions. He was designer for the Team One Hundred Ball at the 1989 Bush Inauguration and has been a designer for National periodicals related to the floral industry since 1992. As a designer in the 1996,2000, and 2002 Philadelphia Flower Shows, he won “Best in Show” for himself and AIFD.

Proctor has created 300 floral and art illustrations for AIFD’s Book of Floral Terminology, published in 2000; and he was the floral designer for several high profile weddings in Aspen, Colorado, and for “Stars Over Mississippi” fundraisers in 2002 and 2004 that featured many world television and film stars. He also served as a designer for the “Hurricane Katrina” relief fundraiser in late 2005.

This event will also count for the design workshops for our spring flower show to be on April 19. The cost of the lecture/demo including lunch is $65 per person. We have some seats available so please call our office 601-443-9065 to reserve your space for this Friday, in Ellicott Hall. There will be door prizes and live auctions of the arrangements. Remember that the presence of flowers in one’s life promises pleasures for the senses, and this brings hope for the brighter moments that grace our lives.

Please come and enjoy this gift.

Kitty Bray is a member of The Natchez Garden Club and is the Mid-Winter Garden Seminar Chairman.