Flower show draws a crowd
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.
Artist Marcie Wachter stands by the winner of the Myrtle Ashburn Polk Perpetual Award for the most dramatic use of color.
Diana Bonner, president of MD Federated Garden Clubs, with her winning design .
President of KI Garden Club and Chairman of the flower show Linda Elias congratulates Sally Boden on her winning horticulture entry
Dawn Thomas, Diana Saquella and Ernestine Kepley with the retro car displayed by the Kent Island Cruisers.
Former County Commissioner Carol Fordonski visits with “Elvis” at the Kent Island Flower Show.