Last updated: August 13. 2014 6:32PM - 98 Views

Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:



Area Garden Clubs, in conjunction with the Scioto County Fair Board, will present two separate, unique flower shows for the 2014 county fair. The first show will open on Monday afternoon, August 4. The second show will be presented on Thursday afternoon, August 7. Both shows will follow the current rules of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs for floral design. Since a floral design show is a competitive environment, it is important that everyone have the specific specifications for the two shows August 4th and 7th.

The theme for the 2014 Scioto County Fair Flower show will be “Gilligan’s Island”, the long-running television comedy. Entry to the shows is open to everyone and will be judged for awards by approved judges from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Each show will feature specific designs. Any designer wishing to participate in either show may contact Carolyn Wilcox a (740) 776-4453, to register.


REGISTRATION: Entries for all senior and junior artistic design classes must be mailed or phoned in or before July 25 to: Carolyn Wilcox, 514 Coriell Road, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Phone: 740 776-4453.


Artistic design classes for Monday, MUST BE STAGED BY 11:00 A.M. Monday. Artistic design classes for Thursday, MUST BE STAGED BY 11:00 A.M. Thursday. The exhibitor must be the creator of all artistic designs. An exhibitor may make only one entry per artistic design class, with a maximum of 6 per show. For Senior Artistic Design Classes 32 – 35 and 41 – 44, backgrounds (vertical placement) will be furnished by the committee as specified in the schedule. Exhibitors are permitted to use only these backgrounds furnished by the committee. EXCEPTIONS: Class 37, 46 do not have backgrounds. You must provide your own backgrounds. Exhibitors are urged to use adequate plant materials so that the artistic exhibit has good horticultural value. All plant material used in artistic design classes must be listed on a special card provided by the committee at the entry table and must accompany the design. Painted or artificially colored line material within artistic designs is permitted but used at exhibitor’s own discretion. Bases, mats, figurines and accessories may be used in all artistic design classes unless specified. Painted or artificially colored fresh plant material is never permitted. NO artificial foliage, flowers, fruits etc. may be used. The exhibitors’ hall will be cleared by 11:00 A.M. and all exhibitors who have not entered by that time will not be permitted to exhibit. Both the Monday show and the Thursday show will be judged by OAGC accredited judges. Judging will be by the standard system and oral judging begins at 12:30 p.m. Best of Show Awards 1, 2, and 3 will be given in the senior artistic design classes. Best of Show Awards 1,2,3,4 and 5 will be given in the senior horticulture classes. Best of Show awards will be given in the container-grown plant classes, junior horticulture classes, and junior artistic classes. The Award of Distinction for artistic design will be given in each show. An entry’s placement as Best of Show (1st, 2nd,3rd,4th,5th) will not preclude its selection for one or more of the special awards.


Monday’s horticulture cut specimens and artistic design classes cannot be removed until between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Class 6, all Thursday classes and container-grown plants can be removed between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

DESIGNS for Monday, August 4: “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND…..”

Section IV JUNIOR Artistic Design “Catch A Wave”. Designer’s Choice. Background: Lime Green – Prizes: 1st $5.00, 2nd $4.00, 3rd $3.00, 4th ribbon only.

Section V Senior Artistic:

“Mary Ann, Farm Girl”: A small traditional Design from 5” to 12” staged in a 12” white cubical. (Four of Eight will be classified, Novice. “Sand in Our Shoes”: A Miniature Design not to exceed 5” in any direction, staged on a wooden shelf. “Island Treasurers”: A Creative Mass Design. Background: Medium Blue, 32”x48”, “Life Without Luxuries”: Exhibition Table. Type II, Background: Chartreuse. 26” x 42”. “The Minnow, Tiny Ship”: A creative, underwater Design. Background: Lt. Blue. 26” x 42”, with blue plastic underlay. “The Great Storm”: Creative Design. Background: Iridescent White. 26” x 42”. “The Move Star-Ginger “: Free Standing Design. Must include red in the arrangement, staged on a 30” round x 29 ½ “ tall table. Designer provides the tablecloth.

“Shore Birds” Designer’s Choice. (Special Class) Designer provides own background. Design not to exceed a width of 36”.

DESIGNS for Thursday, August 8: Theme “Gilligan’s Island ”

Section VI JUNIOR Artistic Design “Windy Island”. Designer’s Choice. Background: Lime Green – Prizes: 1st $5.00, 2nd $4.00, 3rd $3.00, 4th ribbon only.

Section VII SENIOR Artistic: “The Professor and His Inventions”: A Small Choice Design from 5”-12” staged in a 12” white cubicle. “Little Buddy” A Miniature Design not to exceed 5” in any direction, staged on a wooden shelf. “Taste of Tropics”: A Creative Transparency Design. Background: Medium Blue 32” x 48”. “Seashore Collection”: A Still Life Design. Background: Chartreuse 26” x 42”. “After the Storm”: A Creative Design, background: Lt. Blue, 26”x42”. “Skipper & Gilligan”: Creative Stretch Design, Background: Iridescent White. 26” x 42”.. “Millionaire’s Wife” A Functional Table. Staged on a 30” round by 29 ½” tall table. 1 Place setting. Exhibitor must provide table

cover. “Sail for Home”: A Designer’s Choice (SPECIAL CLASS.) Designer provides own background. Design not to exceed 36” in width

Section VIII Educational Exhibit: “Flowers from the Islands” Bromeliads, - Willow Garden Club.

Section IX Invitational Exhibit:

“Island Garden” An exhibition Garden with contributions from members of all Garden Clubs under the guidance of Wooten Landscaping.

Slocum Garden Club

The splendor of two northwestern Scioto County backyards provided the backdrop for the Slocum Garden Club’s June meeting, in which members explored the topic of backyard conservation and water-wise gardening. Diane Reese and Beverly Norman welcomed members and guests to a day in the country; graveled lanes, a gentle creek, and lush woodlands with an abundance of wildflowers. The setting was conducive to memories of yesteryear.

The meeting topic was chosen in appreciation of the beauty of nature’s gifts as well as an urgent call to protect those resources that are waning in our backyards, ground zero in reflecting what is happening as our habitats are endangered. The Great Smokey Mountain’s greatest attraction these days is the draw of the deeply forested fireflies - drawing thousands to see a sight that was common in most every American backyard. Ambient lighting and the use of pesticides has led to the near disappearance of our fireflies. Ironically, medical science is finding healing qualities in the firefly’s luminescence, just as they are disappearing. The Karner blue and Monarch butterflies have also nearly disappeared from our modern landscapes. The honeybee has been reduced by 50%, although they pollinate 33% of American agriculture and yields 19 billion dollars annually to our economy. Conservation is providing some good news; that reversal trends can occur simply with actions taken in one’s own backyard. Using information gleaned from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Association of Conservation Districts, Wildlife Habitat Council, and National Audubon Society, Diane Reese spoke of the importance of using native plants as host and nutrient sources, attracting bees for pollination and bats for insect control. She stressed minimizing chemical use, providing water sources such as wetlands, ponds or simple bird baths, and animal habitats through brush piles and decaying wood. Our world is everyone’s responsibility.

After a delightful day in two country garden settings, members memorialized Colleen Lawhun, a 25 year member who died recently. A contribution to the OAGC’s Walkeena Children’s Transportation Fund will be made in her name, in memory of Lawhun’s dedication to the children she served in her years of employment in youth programs at Shawnee State Park. Members will be participating at the Scioto County Fair in August. The meeting on September18 will feature a trip to the Jackson Apple Festival where members will explore moths, moss and dragonflies. Anyone interested in joining our club or wishing to know more about garden club activities call 776-3267.

All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus

Featured Businesses


Info Minute

Gas Prices

Portsmouth Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com