What is the connection between Stratton and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies?

Well, in 1948 Mary Pope (wife of Alfred Cecil Rolph Pope) of Wrackleford House set up a panel to fill the necessity for more knowledgeable judges of flower arranging for the increasing number of floral classes in horticultural shows.

A year later she formed a club in Dorchester to encourage entries in the flower arranging sections of local horticultural societies.

Clubs in other parts of the country followed as flower arranging grew in popularity, resulting in the formation of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) in 1959.

Mary Pope was the founder and first President of NAFAS.

Further details of the formation of NAFAS can be found · HERE · and information about the present day NAFAS can be found · HERE ·

  Mary Pope  
  Mary Pope and Margaret Hewitt admire an arrangement of the Liverpool Flower Arrangement Society  
  Mrs Russell Ritchie Innis presents the Paul Revere silver bowl to Mary Pope at the
  Buxton Festival in 1964, as a gift from the National Association of Garden Clubs of USA