Gardeners ready for fair shows


By Charlene Thornhill

For The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs is looking forward to the 2015 Flower Show entitled “Garden Heaven “with show dates of Aug. 22 and 26.

The adult artistic area is sure to have an excellent show with classes of floor designs, creative and traditional design as well as a new change to the entrance of the flower show.

The association is hoping for a nice amount of horticulture but is at the mercy of Mother Nature. With the recent storms and lots of rain, some specimens are ahead of schedule.

Flower show exhibitors have reported rust and powdery mildew from the rain. Past shows have always had a large amount of entries for zinnias and powdery mildew is one of the most common diseases to afflict those. The marigolds seem to be a little ahead of schedule. The roses have loved the large amount of rain in our area. Sometimes rain can trigger black spot but with a weekly spray you can keep that under control.

The junior department will offer table settings, special classes, fairy gardens, and the popular edible creations (people and/or animals crafted from vegetables and/or fruit.)

“The educational will be “The Buzz of Bees!” – you will want to check that out,” said a spokesperson.

The association is grateful to the sponsors for their support in the shows. Greenville National Bank, Jeannette Davis, Ed Erisman, Fry & Co., Spencer Landscaping, Miller Flowers, and The Ivy League are sponsors in the adult area.

Junior sponsors are Todd and Lindsey Henry, Cindy McCallister, Darryl and Mary Ann Mehaffie, Erisman Aire Heating and Cooling, Darke Meadows Flower Farm, Kim Cromwell, Donn and Charlene Thornhill, Becky Collins, Glenn and Linda Rehmert, Tiffany Stebbins, Sue Bowman and The Butterflies Junior Garden Club.

Flower show Chairperson Kim Cromwell stated, “We are anxious to see how everyone’s specimens look after all of the rain we have had so far this year. Parts of the county have experienced hail and flooding but hopefully not enough to hurt their entries. The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs would like to encourage everyone to come and visit the flower department.”

Just as a reminder to the public, the flower department exhibits will remain in the basement of the coliseum through the entire fair with the exception of Tuesday afternoon when garden club members tear down and prepare for a new show to come in Wednesday. The complete dismantling will take place on Aug. 30, starting at 1 p.m. For any questions, contact Kim Cromwell at 937-547-0899.

The shows and displays are located in the basement of the coliseum so check out the flower department.

By Charlene Thornhill

For The Daily Advocate

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