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By Charlene Thornhill



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The 2014 Darke County Association of Garden Clubs Fair Flower Shows will soon be here with shows on Aug. 16 and Aug. 20. The theme for this year is “Serendipity.” The shows will feature creative artistic designs in both adults and junior divisions and many horticulture entries from Darke County.


Invitational displays are presented by area florists: The Ivy League of Greenville, The Rose Post of Arcanum and Helen’s Flowers & Gifts of Greenville.


The adults artistic division will have “Corner Coffee shop” as a functional table, along with creative designs “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere,” “Infinity and Beyond,” “Branching Out,” “The Egg and I” a breakfast tray with a small design. We welcome four novice arrangers, (someone who hasn’t won a blue ribbon in the artistic flower show) to design to the class “In Napa Valley” incorporating fruit. Wednesday ‘s show will encourage “Game Day,” functional table settings, “Found at the Flea Market,” Now You Sedum, Now you Don’t,” fresh topiary incorporating sedum and succulents. Other classes will sure to delight the public and rounding out the artistic design on the last show day will be “When Pigs Fly,” open to the arranger’s imagination.


The weather has been good to us this summer so we’re looking for many entries in the horticulture division on both show days.


The Junior Division will stage “The Miracles of Christmas” which will remain all week. The juniors will have Exhibitional table settings to “Fall” and Hot, Hot, Hot!” Members will stage creative containers when they have the class, “American Pickers.”


The juniors have created decorated memo boards, note cards, decorated driftwood wreaths and Fascinators.


Amy Erisman, educational chairperson reports, the educational display, “Oh, Nuts!” will be focused on the little but mighty nut. Many fairgoers may be surprised that there is a big difference in edible seeds and fruits that we call nuts and the true botanical nut. Did you know a cashew is formed at the bottom of an unusual looking fruit primarily grown in India? Examples of many nuts will be on display. A highlight will be our Ohio Buckeye along with interesting nutty facts.


The shows would not be complete without our supporters. Greenville National Bank is a big supporter in the adult artistic division along with Jeannette Davis. The adult horticulture supporters are Spencer Landscaping, Fry & Co., Miller Flowers, and The Ivy League. Our junior artistic supporters are Todd and Lindsey Henry, Cindy McCallister, Darryl and MaryAnn Mehaffie, Erisman Aire Heating & Cooling, Edward Jones – David Connelly. Junior horticulture supporters are Kim Cromwell, Donn and Charlene Thornhill, Becky Collins, Glenn and Linda Rehmert, Butterflies Junior Garden Club, Tiffany Stebbins, Sue Bowman HER Realty, and Western Ohio OB/GYN.


The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs is comprised of the Ladybug Garden Club,


Wildflower Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Cub. Kim Cromwell serves as the flower show chairperson. Come to The Great Darke County Fair and check out the flower department.


Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at chardonn@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.


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