Flower show draws a crowd

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

CH­ESTER — Flow­ers, retro cars, awards and vis­i­tors cel­e­brated the flower show spon­sored by the Kent Is­land Gar­den Club on Thurs­day, Sept. 21, at the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment. Guests were treated to 300+ spec­i­mens of hor­ti­cul­ture and 60 flo­ral de­signs cre­ated by mem­bers of the 11 clubs that are part of the Mary­land Fed­er­ated Gar­den Clubs.

Win­ners walked away with awards for over­all de­sign, use of color, petit de­signs, wit and whim­si­cal de­signs, and ta­ble artistry. In keep­ing with the theme, a “Blast From the Past” that fo­cused on the trends and mu­sic from the ‘50s and ‘60s, de­signs on dis­play in­ter­preted “A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Go­ing On,” “Cha Cha Cha”, the “Stroll”, the “Prom”, and “Splish Splash” among oth­ers.

“We were so ex­cited to see so many en­tries and so many vis­i­tors to the show,” said Linda Elias, pres­i­dent of the Kent Is­land Gar­den Club. “The mu­sic, the cars and es­pe­cially the flow­ers made the day so en­ter­tain­ing and fun for every­one.”

Judg­ing took place in the morn­ing and more than 200 guests viewed the show in the af­ter­noon. The Kent Is­land Cruis­ers dis­played two retro fit­ted carts at the en­trance of the fire hall, and the Mary­land His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety con­trib­uted a dis­play of the his­tory of Kent Is­land that fo­cused on Sen. James E. Kir­wan, an ear­lier ad­vo­cate and pro­tec­tor of Kent Is­land.

The Kent Is­land Gar­den Club is a mem­ber of District I of the Fed­er­ated Gar­den Clubs of Mary­land Inc. The main mis­sion of fed­er­ated gar­den clubs is to care for his­toric and pub­lic prop­er­ties in their lo­cales, pro­mote care of the en­vi­ron­ment, and to teach gar­den­ing and love of na­ture to chil­dren and oth­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to www.fgc­cofmd.org.

PHOTO BY RE­BECCA PLACEK

Artist Mar­cie Wachter stands by the win­ner of the Myr­tle Ash­burn Polk Per­pet­ual Award for the most dra­matic use of color.

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Diana Bon­ner, pres­i­dent of MD Fed­er­ated Gar­den Clubs, with her win­ning de­sign .

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Pres­i­dent of KI Gar­den Club and Chair­man of the flower show Linda Elias con­grat­u­lates Sally Bo­den on her win­ning hor­ti­cul­ture en­try

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Dawn Thomas, Diana Saque­lla and Ernes­tine Ke­p­ley with the retro car dis­played by the Kent Is­land Cruis­ers.

PHOTO BY RE­BECCA PLACEK

For­mer County Com­mis­sioner Carol For­don­ski vis­its with “Elvis” at the Kent Is­land Flower Show.

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