When neurologist Irina Code immigrated to Canada from Ukraine 26 years ago, she went looking for a new beginning, a new career.
But it wasn’t in the medical sciences where she found her passion; it was in the arts, specifically, floral art.
Today, more than two decades later, Code is an award-winning floral designer and leading member of the Garden Club of London, whose members have been winning awards around the globe during the last two years despite a pandemic that’s kept them home.
During the last two years, members of the club have won 32 awards for their designs, led by Code who took a top award for her creation, Synaesthesia, at the South African Flower Union’s Floral Art Re-Imagined virtual flower show last summer where the theme was a blurring of floral art and music based on the song Sandstorm by Finnish DJ Darude.
This year, Code also was runner-up for best of show at