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Flower show takes on patriotic hues

August 18, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

In addition to the bright yellows and greens, this flower show had a lot of red, white and blue.

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club's annual flower show took on the theme "Vote for Flowers," to tie the show in with the election year. Arrangements in categories like "Oval Office," "Hail to the Chief" and "Fundraising Dinner" helped to tie into this theme. One creative entry included tiny donkeys and elephants.

The displays showed incredible variety.

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-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Hilda Sandven looks over the flowers and vegetables on display at the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club flower show on Saturday at the Crossroads Mall. These yellow flowers are third and second place winning gladiolas.

"We have the horticulture section, and the design section," said Judith Walrod, co-chair of the show. "Horticulture can be flowers. It's roses, it's annuals, it's perennials, it's herbs, and it's fruits and vegetables, all those things.

"Everything else when they make designs, and put something together with a theme, that's the design section."

Garden Club President Marilyn Peterson-Shipp explained some of the design classes.

"Tricolor is all fresh plant material. Distinction is all dry plant material. Designer's Choice can be fresh or dry," she said. "We have a novice class, for people who never won a blue ribbon before. Then this year, we have a companion class, which is an experienced designer with a new designer. ... Everyone is trying to fill up the classes, because our garden flowers are not cooperating this year with the hot dry weather."

Walrod said there were 399 entries in the show, down from last year because of the hot dry weather.

Peterson-Shipp said she is branching out into some sections she's never tried before, such as a card table arrangement in the "First Lady Luncheon" class and a dry arrangement themed "On the Road Again."

Some of the design classes had quite similar requirements, but differed in their theme. Card tables set for two, for example, could be entered in the "Garden Party" class or in "First Lady's Luncheon."

"They are judged on how the floral elements fit with the dishes, the overall balance, and whether the judge thinks this looks like a garden party, or a first lady's luncheon," Walrod said.

Jan Krass won first place with a tray set for one in the "Tea Time" class. She explained how to put together a winning design.

"You look for color harmony, and a sense of proportion," Krass said. "You want the same degree of formality - you wouldn't use that tin cup and lace together.

"You look for design in the flowers. When I first started, I basically made a blob. You don't want a blob." She showed how the pink flowers in the piece traced a line through the green.

Krass has been entering the show for about 10 or 12 years.

"Every time you make something, you learn something new," she said.

Rose Clark won several blue ribbons for fruits like apples, peaches, grapes and tomatoes. In the horticulture division, winning a ribbon is about caring for plants and weeding them, but also about picking the best examples of your produce.

For a winning entry, the stem has to be right, the size is uniform, they're all the same color, "she said.

The flower show continues today from noon to 4 p.m.

A list of show winners will be published in Monday's edition of The Messenger.



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