Flower show winners announced

Small Standard Flower Show blue ribbon Best of Show winners Becky Amorese, in the Horticulture division for her award-winning rhododendron, and Patricia Mayes for her arrangement judged on overall Design — Class 2, Sunny Delight, pose for a photograph following the Emma Scott Garden Club’s recent Floral, Food & Fun spring event.

ELKINS — A Small Standard Flower Show, part of the Emma Scott Garden Club Floral, Food & Fun 2017 spring event, was a huge success.

The show, entitled “Spring into Summer,” brought in nearly 100 entries from six neighboring clubs, including the Emma Scott Garden Club, and represented three divisions: Horticulture, Design and Special Exhibits. Special thanks to Becky Amorese, flower show coordinator, and Katie Kerns, who helped with the entry and clerking details.

Best In Show winners this year in the Small Standard Flower Show were Becky Amorese for Best in Show, Horticulture division, for her beautiful rhododendron, and Patricia Mayes for her arrangement judged on overall design, Class 2, Sunny Delight.

Flower Show judge Vivian Shomo said, “The club learned a lot from last year’s show, and you can tell. The specimens and presentations were of the finest quality!”

In Division 1 — Horticulture, the specimens were judged on cultural perfection for the particular plant cultivar such as form, substance, texture, size of flower and/or fruit and grooming and staging. There were 59 horticultural entries.

In Section A: Herbaceous Biennial and/or Perennial, the winners were:

First place, B.J. McKenzie for Columbine and Patricia Williams for Bleeding Heart.

In the peony category in multiple colors, first place was awarded to Patricia Williams and Katie Kerns, second place to Katie Kerns and Ann Carpenter, with third place and honorable mention going to Suellen Gross.

For the most beautiful poppy, Julia Cassells took first place and among the Other Cut Flowers category: Suellen Gross received first and second place for clematis, Christina Sanders took first place for lupine, Patricia Williams walked away with both first and second place in the rose category, with Suellen Gross receiving third place. In the bachelor button category, Gross received second place and Katy McClane received honorable mention for her amsonia.

In Section B: Bulbs & Rhizomes, winners were: For iris, in the bearded (two-toned) category, McKenzie received first and third place; Julia Cassells second place and Patricia Mayes honorable mention.

In the Bearded (one color) category, Vivian Shomo took first place, with Williams receiving second place. In the Beardless category, Shomo placed second, with Dianne Demotto placing third, and in Siberian category, Demotto placed first, with Gross receiving third place and Williams and Shomo receiving honorable mention.

In Other Cut Flowers from Bulbs/Rhizomes: Mayes received first place for allium, Judy Guye-Swanson placed second and Gross received honorable mention. For Fritillaria, Gross placed third. DeMotto received an honorable mention for chives.

In Section C: Arboreal Shrubs and Trees, Ann Carperter received first place for her contorted filbert in the Deciduous Foliage Branch category, Gwen Kohut took first place with her evergreen branch, and Gross took home a first place and McKenzie and second place for the Fruit/Coned/Berried Branch category.

In Section D: Arboreal Flowering Shrub, McKenzie received honorable mention for Japanese quince; Ann Carpenter took first place, Williams second and DeMotto third place for mock orange.

Becky Amorese received Best in Show and first place for rhododendron with Guye-Swanson taking second place and McKenzie coming in third.

For Azalea, Mayes received first place, with Gross taking second.

Helen Heater received first place for bridal wreath and Weigela Florida, and an honorable mention for lilac. Gwen Kohut received second place in Weigela Florida, and McKenzie placed third.

In Other Flowering Branch categories, Gross received first place for Dogwood Kousa, Williams placed second with Scottish Broom and Mayes an honorable mention for Ninebark.

In Section E: Flowering Container Grown Plants, Gross took first place for orchid and in Section F: Foliage Container Grown Plants, DeMotto received first place for succulent, and in Other Foliage, Gross placed first with DeMotto coming in second.

In Division 2 — Design: Arrangements are judged on overall design, fresh plant material selection, container selection and compliance with category rules.

Class 1: Little Gems (for small arrangements less than 5 inches) winners were McClane, first place, Williams, second place, Amorese, third place and Sue Pifer, honorable mention.

Class 2: Sunny Delight (arrangements no wider than 16 inches, unlimited height): Mayes received Best in Show Design and first place in Class 2, with McKenzie placing second, Pifer placing third and Williams with an honorable mention.

Class 3: Clouds and the Couch: In this table arrangement on TV tray with table setting, Christina Sanders placed first, with Carpenter placing second; Bonnie Branciaroli placed third with Monica Varchetto receiving an honorable mention.

Class 4: Cookout Time: Kohut placed first in this arrangement to suggest a picnic with table setting, with Cassells placing second, Amorese placing third and Mayes receiving an honorable mention.

In Division 3 — Special Exhibits: Amorese received an award ribbon of appreciation for her “Front Porch Accents.”

The Small Standard Flower Show meets the requirements of the National Garden Club Inc. and is judged by accredited judges adhering to NGC standards. Participating Garden Clubs included the Emma Scott Garden Club in Elkins, Fred Brooks Garden Club of Buckhannon, Mountaineer Flower Club in Parsons, Cowen Garden Club from Webster Springs, and Quiet Dell Garden Club from Quiet Dell. Judges were Helen Heater from the Fred Brooks Garden Club, Shomo of the Mountaineer Garden Club and Kohut from Quiet Dell.

The Flower Show was part of the fourth annual Floral, Food & Fun fundraiser presented annually by the Emma Scott Garden Club. Proceeds benefit environmental scholarships and projects for local youngsters and young adults throughout the 2017 year.

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