Pat Wania, Carillon Garden Club flower show chairwoman, welcomes people to the recent program in Hague.
The Carillon Garden Club’s recent Standard Flower Show was “a delight for the eyes,” as stated more than once by attendees. The show, “Moments in Time,” was held at the Hague Community Center.
Pat Wania of Hague was the chairwoman, overseeing all aspects of the show that featured horticultural and floral design divisions. A special reception was held on Friday, Oct. 7, that featured many treats.
“All members of the club who participated are to be congratulated,” commented Wania. “The club has many talented and dedicated members.”
The show was the first one for the club in six years and the first one organized by Wania, who just recently received her National Garden Club’s Flower Show judge’s credentials. She has been attending National Garden Club approved classes to be able to instruct and critique all aspects of garden club flower shows.
“The club is very fortunate to have Pat Wania as a member of the Carillon Garden Club,” said Betty Rettig, club president.
Many arrangements were entered in the Design Division. Receiving blue/first place ribbons were Mickey Snye for her entries in “Childhood Memories,” an underwater arrangement and “Retirement Dreams,” an Exhibition Table arrangement. Vivian DenBleyker won a first for her “Granny’s Kitchen” arrangement on a pedestal and Susan Darrin won for her creative doorway valentine arrangement in the “Holiday Magic” class. Irene Ilaria won a blue ribbon for her “Garden Romance” design for a table set for two. Florence Kunnas captured a first prize for her interpretation of “A Family Grows,” a buffet table set-up for eight. All entries featured quality floral arrangements.
The public was encouraged to vote for their favorite arrangement for the “People’s Choice Award.” Vivian Den Bleyker won for her entry in “Granny’s Kitchen,” which featured an old fashioned sieve on legs with a “line/mass” design in bright fuchsia and yellow flowers.
Florence Kunnas won the Carillon Garden Club Member’s Sweepstakes Silver Bowl Award (given to Carillon Garden Club members) for gaining the most points in the Design Division. She won a blue ribbon in “A Family Grows” as well as a red/second place ribbon for her Adirondack style doorway entry in the “Holiday Magic” design class.
The Horticulture Division showed the expert gardening prowess of club members as well as residents of the community. Each entry was judged on its own merits with many entries receiving blue ribbons. The Club Member’s Sweepstakes Silver Bowl Award for horticulture was won by Susan Darrin for her unusual pitcher plant and other outstanding entries. Martha Soliday won the coveted Arboreal Award for her Chinese Umbrella tree branch.
Special Educational Exhibits were also on display. A “Preserving Our Environment” exhibit featured tips on designing a rain garden. A “Preserving our Past” exhibit featured the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga and the “Supporting Our Community” exhibit showed the recycling efforts of the Carillon Garden Club’s wreath recycling project.
“The Standard Flower Show has been a wonderful learning experience for everyone,” remarked Wania. “No decision has been made yet about another show next year but with so much talent in the club it will be hard not to showcase the member’s creative abilities again.”