The Guild of Florists
Guildmaster: Sir Nai Cantrell
A few years ago there was a Far Isles wedding for which one of the maids-of-honour did much work in creating posies & head-dresses, decorating the hall, an so forth. When it was pointed out that there was no Guild to recognise such work, Lady Jane did a quick poll of the guests, and quickly collected sufficient signatures to support a petition to form the Guild. Thus the Guild was born, and members of the Guild continue to decorate our feast-halls.
Rules Of Advancement
Any member of the Society who declares an interest in the meaning, and decorative use, of flowers is deemed a member of the Guild. To advance to higher ranks, the member must produce the following:
A member should present an arrangement of flowers, measuring at least 12” in diameter, to decorate a feast hall. The member should also compose an essay of at least 500 words, on some aspect of the historical use of flowers in decoration.
An apprentice should complete an arrangement of flowers measuring at least 18” in diameter. The apprentice must also compose an essay of at least 750 words.
A journeyman must complete an arrangement of flowers measuring at least 24” in diameter. The journeyman should also strew the tables of the hall herbs appropriate to the occasion, and should decorate the hall with flowers, so as to conceal any modern features and to achieve a decorative setting. The journeyman must also compose an essay of at least 1000 words. In all cases, members should strive to use flowers appropriate to the season, and that would have been known & available during the period. Flowers may be fresh, dried, or made from any substance that would have been known at the time.