The result of mixing creativity with fresh flowers and dried plant material has produced a colorful display filling the center court of Crossroads Mall.
The floral handiwork that went on display Saturday and will remain on view today represents the efforts of members of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club. The club is holding its annual garden show at the mall. The club has held such shows since 1929.
''Nursery Rhymes Once Upon a Time'' is the theme of the show, and the various displays were judged according to the National Garden Standard System of Awarding.
-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Florence Sandgren, of Fort Dodge, shows off her flower arrangement during the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club annual garden show Saturday at Crossroads Mall. The arrangement won a third place prize.
Florence Sandgren, of Fort Dodge, won third place for a container of multi-colored flowers she entered under the theme ''Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.''
''I just like a lot of colors,'' said Sandgren, who has been a club member since 1989.
''I just get carried way and keep putting some of this in and some of that in,'' she said, describing her flower-arranging technique.
Not all of the exhibits consisted of flowers in vases. The exhibition table category consisted of flowers, plates and centerpiece items that might be found on a dining room table. But no one would be able to eat at any of the tables because they were set up vertically.
Judith Walrod, of Somers, quickly assembled her first entry in the exhibition table category so that there would be enough entries for a proper judging. She ended up winning first place.
Her niece, Bailey Walrod, of Moorland, painted a plate and glass for her display to match the theme of ''Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.''
Marcia Anderson, of Harcourt, created a unique entry with an egg-shaped piece of wood and dried plant matter. She painted a baby robin on the egg and placed it in the middle of dried nesting moss to make a nest. She said the project took 10 hours over several days. Her work won a first place award.
The following awards were presented Saturday during the annual garden show of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club:
Awards of Merit, Roses - Marilyn Peterson-Shipp
Award of Merit, Perennials - Karen Johnson
Award of Merit, Bulbous Plants - Judith Walrod
Award of Merit, Herbs - Eleanor Den Hartog
Award of Merit, Container Grown Loretta Daisy
Growers Choice - Eleanor Den Hartog
Collector's Showcase, Collections - Bev Longnecker
Collector's Showcase, Displays - Loretta Daisy
The Arboreal Award - Bev Longnecker
Sweepstakes Award for most blue ribbons in horticulture division - Pam Gollob
Horticulture Excellence Award - Loretta Daisy
Tricolor Award - Loretta Daisy
Award of Distinction - Millie Nordeen
Award of Designer's Choice - Jeanette Lawrence
Petite Award - Jan Krass
Table Artistry Award Marilyn Peterson-Shipp
Sweepstakes for Design Award - Jeanette Lawrence
Design of Excellence Award - Millie Nordeen
Youth Top Exhibitor Award - Carson Walrod
Educational Award Bev Longnecker
Artistic Craft Award - Sela Bryhne
Darlene Krambeck Award - Sharon Perkins
Lucille Swanson Award - Bev Longnecker
Judge's Award - Barb Gollob
Past President's Award - Cathy Brandal