Barbara Myers, regional accredited flower show judge within the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC), judged Division 1 of the 2016 Clinton County Flower Show early Saturday at the Clinton County Fair.
The Flower Show is sponsored by the Wilmington Garden Club, but any gardener can enter items for display or competition within the Clinton County Fair Book guidelines. Division 1 of the Flower Show included sections 1-5, which are roses, bulbs/tubers/corms, annuals, perennials, and everlastings classes – and is considered the Horticultural portion of the Flower Show. Division 1 also included section 6 which is Container Grown Plants, judged apart from the Horticultural portion.
There were 57 entries registered through the Fair Board for the Flower Show, Division 1. After Ms. Myers pronounced first, second and third places for the entrants in both portions, she chose one specimen from the Horticultural and one specimen from the Container Grown Plants as “Best of Show.”
Surprisingly, first-time fair participant Donna Tronerud won the purple Best of Show rosette for a large hosta leaf specimen in the Horticultural portion. Flower show veteran gardener Annette Redfern won the green Best of Show rosette for her multi-blossomed rich purple orchid, as well as both Horticultural and Container Sweepstakes red/white/blue rosettes. Sweepstakes winners are determined by the total number of points accumulated for show places within the division being judged.
Division 2 of the Flower Show centers on artistic design. Thirteen entries will be displayed and judged by Ms. Myers on Tuesday, July 12th. This year’s theme revolves around movie themes; examples are “Twins”, “Star Wars”, and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” Entries for Division 2 were required to be registered with the Fair Board no later than July 1.
Daylily entries for Divisions 3 and 4 need no pre-registration through the Fair Board, for Friday, July 15th’s Daylily Show. Division 3 is comprised of numerous classes of daylilies, depending on color and size of daylily blooms or scapes. Division 4 is “Design Classes” for daylilies, and this year’s theme is “Three Little Pigs”. Entries could be designed with straw, sticks, stone/brick, or in an unjudged display-only class. Expert judging by Ms. Myers will determine first and second prizes to be awarded for each class within each division.
Your visit to the Clinton County Fair should definitely include a stop at the Flower Show. You won’t be disappointed.