Between Hurricane Irene, follow up rains, and road closures, the Vermont State Fair in Rutland thrived nonetheless.
We had enthusiastic gardeners entering flowers, vegetables and tasty culinary treats.
Eleven-year-old Sophia Moore-Smith entered a beautiful Aloe vera plant which received a blue ribbon for Best of Show in the floralculture exhibit. Also, Brittany Malette of Bomoseen, won a blue ribbon for her huge cactus plant.
Weather this summer, made gardening more difficult, but there were lovely entries of sunflowers, hydrangea, roses, marigolds, zinnias and a wide variety of house plants. A group of Rutland County extension master gardeners were on hand to answer questions, share stories, and hand out
UVM gardening information. Next year the master gardeners will give brief informational talks in the afternoon.
Ron Hebert/aka "Dirtman", will answer your compost questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is always a popular stop for fair goers, who photograph the beautiful waterfall rock garden and the other display gardens planted and maintained by the dedicated group of master gardeners.
There was a dahlia garden planted in memory of long time dahlia grower and fair entree, George Squire.
Many people ask me how to enter flowers—
Categories are specific, so you need to get a fair book at the main fair office, or better yet, go on line for all current information.
Entries take place on the Friday when the fair begins, and there are daily floral entries in order to keep the displays looking fresh and to give people more of a chance to win.
See you next September.