By Karen Brown
For the TODAY
Photos by Judi Barkley
The 35th annual Lincoln City Flower Show, “Gardens Around the World,” will fill the Lincoln City Community Center with beauty this weekend.
Everyone who enjoys gardening is invited to bring their best entries on Saturday, Aug. 12, between 7:30 and 9:45 am. The show is open to all competitors, including kids of all ages. Garden Club members will be on hand to help place entries in the correct categories for the judging.
Judges trained by National Garden Clubs from the Portland area will select ribbon winners in each group. Visitors can vote for their favorite exhibits to receive People’s Choice Awards in addition to the ribbons awarded by the judges.
The show will then be open to the public from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
The horticulture division is for plants grown by the exhibitor, which includes cut flowers, potted plants and vegetables. Class numbers and information on preparing entries are in the schedule brochure, which can be picked up at the swimming pool desk at the community center prior to the show. Rules and other information are also included.
The Design classes are for the artistic, using plant materials as the medium to create interesting flower arrangements. Materials can be obtained anywhere and need not be grown by the exhibitor. Designs are judged on their artistic merit, rather than on horticultural prowess. Entry classes are titled to fit the theme of “Gardens Around the World” and include not only arrangements to fit a two-foot table space, but also an opportunity for a three-foot space, or a design in a teacup or a teapot, or small design under eight inches overall. The list of design choices is in the schedule brochure.
Kids can enter cut flowers or container plants, provided they have contributed to the work of growing them, or floral designs for which materials can be obtained anywhere, purchased or cut from someone’s home garden.
Both youth and adult classes include artistic garden crafts, incorporating plant materials in any craft, including miniature gardens and fairy gardens. Or enter a hat, decorated with plant materials, or a “tussie mussie” for “Tea at Hampton Garden.”
The show is sponsored by Lincoln City Community Center and members of three local garden clubs, Depoe Bay, Ocean Spray and Salmon River.
For more information, call Karen at 541-994-2953.