Peek through the stacks of the South Country Library this Saturday, Oct. 1, and discover imaginative, startling, and beautiful floral creations, starting at 1 p.m. The array, presented by the …
Peek through the stacks of the South Country Library this Saturday, Oct. 1, and discover imaginative, startling, and beautiful floral creations, starting at 1 p.m. The array, presented by the Bellport Garden Club, “Flowers Speak Volumes: A Small Standard Flower Show,” promises to be a stunner.
Come after your jog! After your morning Main Street stroll! Just come! It’s free!
It’s the BGC’s 91st year, and their first garden show in five years.
“We chose botanical arts as our division for a theme,” said BGC Flower Show committee member Jean Coakely. “We went out on a limb for this one. Instead of just a regular vase with an arrangement, botanical arts challenges the way you use the plants. The Moriches Garden Club used photography and jewels in their show in the past. The Southampton Garden Club has utilized shoes.”
It’s a kind of craft class with man-made objects. And flowers.
Division 1 Design: botanical arts, Section A, is “The Language of Flowers.”
Class 1 features a “Patterns” theme; a plaque design on a square white canvas board including seeds, pods, and dried flowers among the materials. Four entries are in the center aisle.
Class 2 offers an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, a topiary design with a contrived tree form and a visible trunk with cut plant material. Four will be among the west end of the Reference Room.
Class 3 is “Roots,” a pot-et-fleur design with two or more flowering or foliage plants with roots in soil. Four will be in the Sanford Room.
Entries are eligible for Best in Show. The “classes”, if you haven’t guessed, are named for books.
Division II is horticulture, “The Secret Garden,” with Sections A, flowering shrubs and trees; B, perennials; C, bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizome; D, succulents; E, herbs. There are eight classes among them in the lower level.
Photography, the Special Exhibit, “Gone With the Wind,” will take place in the café. It’s eligible for a People’s Choice Award.
Serious rules for the show abound.
“The reason there are rules is that we belong to the National Garden Clubs Inc.,” Coakly said of the not-for-profit formed in 1929 that fosters the love of gardening and floral design, but also civic and environmental responsibility. Projects include community gardening, educational programs, college scholarships and grants for youth clubs, and planting pollinating gardens.
The Bellport Garden Club pitches in for a number of similar initiatives, including replacing diseased trees in cooperation with local civics and the village, planting store window boxes, their Garden Tour and Christmas House Tour, and scholarships. They meet at Post-Morrow’s annex and have 60 members.
“We have National Garden Club judges,” said South Country Library trustee and BGC Flower Show committee member Lorraine Kuhn. “They’ll be here, and we pay for their lunches.” Top winners get engraved silver and pewter trays.
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