By Portia Williams
LUCASVILLE — The Scioto County Fair is an opportunity for gardeners to share their passion, and showcase their talent of gardening at the annual flower design and show. The 2014 shows are featuring a host of flower and garden displays from participants area garden clubs.
Held in on the grounds of the Scioto County Fair, the area garden clubs are coming together to host two flower show events. The first show convened Aug. 4, the first day of the fair, and the second show will be held Thursday, Aug. 7.
Faye McGinnis of the Minford Garden Club said she is delighted to be among the winners for this year’s Garden Club Flower Show.
“I have several designs that got ribbons, but this was the Best of Show in the collection of Celosia. I am happy about winning this award, but there are a lot of good growers here, lots of great talent in this group, ” McGinnis said.
She said studying is the key to her success in gardening.
“Study, study, study. You study the catalogues. You study the handbooks on how to make a design. Each design has certain characteristics that you have to make sure that you include in your design,” she said.
Irma Lee Gamp, Region 10 Director of the Minford Garden Club, said the flower show this year has been a wonderful experience.
“I won Best of Show here today at the show. It has been a beautiful show. It is wonderful. It is all about work, and just keeping your eyes open and gathering different plant material. You should never throw anything away, because you never know when you’re going to need it again for one of your designs,” Gamp said.
She said she has a workshop in her barn in which she retains material that can be utilized for future displays.
Beverly Norman, of the Slocum Garden Club and State Flower Show Chairperson for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, said gardening is a major part of her life.
“I showed four designs today. I received three blue ribbons, and one third place, so it was a pretty good day for me. I also got some blue ribbons in the horticulture as well, said. “It seems that once you are in this for a while, everything you look at becomes a possibility, so it is all about keeping your eyes open. It just gets in your blood. Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I didn’t have Garden Club. I am retired, so this takes up my time, and keeps me busy. It is just so much fun, and you meet so many good people through this.”
The Garden Clubs will their annual convention Aug. 18-20, 2014, at Mohican State Park. The theme for the convention will be Native American Indians.
“We usually have between 200 to 300 people there. We will have a flower show, plus they will have all kinds of people teaching about Indians. Everything will be directed towards Native American Indians, and it should be really interesting,” she said.
Carolyn Wilcox of the Minford Garden Club, said practice is the key to success in gardening.
“The Award of Distinction is the most unique arrangement here. It just takes continual practice. You have to go to classes and just learn how to do the arrangements,” Wilcox said.
Caden Wilcox, 12, of Notre Dame Schools, received the Junior Best of Show award during the Garden Club Flower Show event. He was not present at the time of the interview with the Daily Times.
For more information regarding the Garden Clubs, contact Irma Lee Gamp at 740-820-3444, 740-935-5658.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.