By Loretta Schimdt
For The Fayette Tribune
— “Tree of Life” was the theme for the 2013 Standard Flower Show sponsored by the Fayette County Garden Council (FCGC), according to Darlene Newell, show director. For the first time in six years, a flower show has been held in this district of West Virginia. All six federated garden clubs sponsored exhibits or entries for judging on Saturday, April 27.
Following the judging, the show was open to the public. More than 100 visitors enjoyed seeing the gardening expertise of their neighbors and friends from Ansted, High Country and Fayetteville to Oak Hill and Scarbro.
Show hostesses were members from the Woodland Oaks and Scarbro Garden Clubs. Other area club members coordinated arrangements for the flower show, including set-up, hospitality, registration and clean-up assignments for the one-day event.
The show, determined a rousing success by Newell, was held at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene activity building.
Two panels of judges with National Garden Club (NGC) credentials scrutinized over 150 exhibits under Horticulture and Design categories. Special youth exhibits featured club-associated Girl Scouts and “Smoky Bear” conservation program.
Best in Show winner was Sandy Lumsden’s cell phone miniature. Darlene Newell (Woodland Oaks) won with a succulent container for the top exhibit in the Horticulture division. The Tri-color Ribbon was awarded to Donna Legg-Hendrickson’s tubular design (maroon-colored tulips) appropriately labeled “Tiptoe through the Tulips.”
There were blue ribbon winners from each of the six local garden clubs.