Gardeners by the Sea holds first flower show at church

Date Published: 
June 17, 2011

On Friday, June 10, Gardeners by the Sea held their first flower show at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church.

Coastal Point •  R. Chris Clark: Displays like this one filled Ocean View Presbyterian Church during a flower show held by the Gardeners by the Sea club on Friday, June 10Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Displays like this one filled Ocean View Presbyterian Church during a flower show held by the Gardeners by the Sea club on Friday, June 10

“Our former president, Bob Bacon – it was one of his goals to have the flower show,” explained Pat Fulton, Gardeners by the Sea member and chairman of the show.

Gardeners by the Sea is a 47-member club that is a part of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs (DFGC).

“It’s something that’s not required, but it’s something they like the clubs to each do every couple of years,” she explained of the flower show.

Fulton said it took about a year and a half to plan the show, after organizers met with Dottie Howatt of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs, and she was amazed by the turnout.

“We had 140 horticulture exhibits, and I’m just amazed by the quality.”

The show was classified as a “small standard flower show,” having a minimum of three classes listed in the schedule.

“It’s a beginner’s-type show, although 140 pieces of horticulture is far beyond beginner,” said Howatt with pride. “This is an excellent production. The quality and the quantity were of the highest quality. We’re very pleased. Especially for this weather, considering the heat, the quality of the horticulture was outstanding.”

The show had two divisions, Design and Horticulture. Lisa Arni, Judith Cianci, Cherie Dorfman, Linda Eaton, Maureen Eisenhart, Pat Fulton, Mary Legatski, Sandra Lopez, Carole Mankus, Susie Miller, Sue Proska, Peggie Ravida, Laurel Rupprecht, Joan Sandone, Jean Sewald, Pat Sharpe, Bev Shubert and Pat Wood all took home first place ribbons in Horticulture, with Arni also receiving Best in Show.

In the Design Division, Pat Drizd, Sandra Lopez and Carole Mankus were awarded first place, with Lopez’s presentation receiving Best in Show. Second- and third-place and honorable-mention ribbons were also awarded.

The free-admission show had six judges from the Delaware Federation, and they all have a list on how they assign the points.

“They have a specific scale of points that they are trained to use. The judges go to school for four years to learn how to judge,” explained Howatt, who served as one of the judges.

Fulton said that, with the success of their first show, the club hopes to put on a flower show every two years.

“We’re just very excited about having the show and I had some wonderful committee chairpersons who helped me. It was a lot of fun,” she said. “We’re looking forward to doing it again.”