Over 350 volunteers working countless hours helped make the National Garden Clubs Standard Flower Show “Breath of Spring” sponsored by The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. a great success. From the moment guests walked into the Show, they understood the “Beauty Anticipated” in the work of 57 designers representing 31 member Clubs and were awed by our members’ creativity. Once they saw how “Full of Promise” our members are, and saw the growing and showing talent of the 276 horticultural exhibits entered by 64 individuals representing 30 member Clubs and Affiliates they began to understand what Garden Clubs are about. And when they expanded their knowledge of how to become a Conservation Champion through viewing the Education Division they realized the promise of “Gardening Wealth”. Next they enjoyed imagining how they would wear the artistically crafted “Bling” created by 11 designers from 8 of our member clubs and then saw the “Spring Explosions” of works by 20 photographers representing 15 member Clubs. Guests were truly seeing the promise of The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. members.
To view photos of all designs and winners in every division, click here.
Each and every member who worked so hard to make the Show possible deserves a Blue Ribbon! However, since we follow National Garden Club (NGC) rules we can only award a limited number—and of those Blue Ribbons, only five NGC Division awards were offered. The winners of these prestigious awards are Christopher Allen, of the CT Cactus & Succulent Society – The Award of Horticultural Excellence; Mary Ellen Unger, of the Garden Club of Bethany – The Award of Design Excellence; Tony Poitras, of the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire – Botanical Arts Photography Award; Carol Pisani, of the Long Hill Garden Club – Botantical Arts Artistic Crafts Award; and Deb Osborne, of The Garden Club of Newtown – Educational Top Exhibitor Award. Congratulations to you all.
If you volunteered this year, you know what a fun and educational experience it is to help with the show. If you’ve never volunteered, there are so many different things you can do—from helping to stage the show, being a consultant or an exhibitor (or both), or staffing the hospitality suite. Everyone’s talents are needed.
To see publicity and some YouTube videos of the show, click here.
Garden clubs, societies, vendors, exhibitors and most important – JUDGES! They were all hard at work before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Here’s a look…
The Annual CT Flower and Garden Show, held at the CT Convention Center in February is one of the most visible ways for the Federated Garden Clubs of CT., Inc (FGCCT) to show off the talents of our garden club members. The Show Chair, working closely with a committee of more than 30 spends countless hours, over the course of a year, to plan all details of the show from the Theme, Schedule, and Creative Staging down to the floor plan and even how many gallons of paint are needed for the staging pedestals. Working with North East Expos since 1982, our involvement has continually grown. Not only do we judge the landscape displays and present an Excellence in Design Award, we also present seminars on floral design and involve the public by voting for the People’s Choice Design Award in Honor of Barbara Bruce.