For those who read this column, please understand that sharing the results of the 2021 Crawford County Fair Flower Show may not seem as important as livestock rearing and sales. Yet consider the gardeners of the county who sow, grow, weed, feed and work with sunshine and downpours. We may not feed the world but we love what can happen when our labors blend with God’s blessing.
The Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. The logo has changed, a mission statement is in place, but we hold on to the motto “knowing, growing, showing and sharing.”
Growing flowers, herbs and vegetables does take year-round planning and work. When the county fair time rolls around, we believe that the growing should end with showing.
This year visitors to the flower show were asked to sign a guest book. We also shared information about our club. So it wasn’t just a show with bottles of cut flowers and artistic arrangements. There was an extensive educational exhibit about bees, “A Bee-Kind Garden.” which brought a great deal of material about pollinators from Cheryl Corney.
A strong theme, Art in Bloom, was staged over two shows — “A Night At the Museum” for the first show and “The Art Gallery” in the second show. The show team of Sarah Laipply, Judy Widman, Julie Rexroad and June Gebhardt had this all planned last year. Support comes from other members who enter exhibits, clean, decorate the building and hostess during open hours.
This year two boys won junior “best of show” awards for designing. Evan Bessinger and Kyle Smith. They were recognized with gifts from Mary Lee Minor and Scapes By Sarah.
The adult “best of show” awards in designing were Judy Widman and Mary Lee Minor; they were recognized by Norton’s Flowers and June Gebhardt.
The Designer Sweepstakes recognition in both shows — Mary Lee Minor — was recognized by Nortons’ Flowers and Pickwick.
And the winner are
In both shows the Judge’s Choice award went to a table picture designed by Judy Widman and Sarah Laipply. The Peoples’ Choice Award went to Judy Widman, first show and Sarah Laipply, second show. Their work was honored by Amish Vault, Crossroads Original Designs and Coopers Mill.
Amy Vaughn took home novice design honors in both shows with awards from Toni’s Flower Shop in Galion and her own posted reward. Several of our club members have been providing awards for the show categories.
In the horticulture division Judy Widman won the best annual entry with a gift from TSC. For her display of heuchera leaves, Cheryl Corney won the Garden Grower Award from Earth, Wind and Flowers.
Junior Green Thumb winners were Lucy Kocher and Abigail Chester.
Growing Skill award went to June Gebhardt for her potted plant, a gift from Family Farm and Home, while Sandra Long won the rose of royalty gift from Ohio Flower Girls at Pickwick.
In the second show Karen Scott displayed many daylilies winning the best of show award from Lilies of the Field in Galion.
Overall Judy Widman earned the most horticulture points in the first show bringing her a gift from Carmar Gardens. In the second show, I earned the most points for entries with recognition from Oberlander’s Tree and Landscape.
We were pleased with all the visitors and encourage anyone outside of garden club to grow and show the best of their results in 2022. Designers do not have to be in a garden club. And furthermore, we would welcome you into our membership.
Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, an accredited master gardener, a flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and a former sixth grade teacher.