Tri-Cities Garden Club’s “Lakeshore Beauty”-themed show runs 3-8 p.m. July 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13 at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. Admission is free.
Prior to the show opening on July 11, a panel of judges will award ribbons to entries.
The show features three educational exhibits titled "Lake Michigan’s Beautiful Dunes," "Fighting Invasives," and "Gems Along and Near the Lakeshore" — which speak to the show’s theme, said Lynn Smith, co-chairperson for the event.
Children will also have entries in the show, which are judged the same as adult entries, said event co-chairperson Sandy Minuth. Members of the Tri-Cities Garden Club will work with ages 3-6 and 7-12 for entries in the “At the Beach” and “Catch of the Day” categories.
Horticulture will be featured in categories such as flowering and non-flowering annuals; container-grown planters; flowering woody shrubs; flowering perennials; and flowering bulbs rhizomes, corms and tubers.
While the show’s design and photography categories are full, anyone can still participate in the horticulture portion, Smith said. Entries need to be dropped off and forms completed on Wednesday, July 10.
Last year, 350 horticulture specimens were entered into the show. Given the spring and early summer weather, Minuth said they aren’t sure what to expect.
The show will also feature design entries pertaining to the different seasons. Minuth said it’s amazing what people create based on the little bit of information they receive.
Between 400 and 500 people usually visit the annual show, which the National Garden Clubs standards. The show is a way for people to get ideas of what plants people might like for their own gardens, Smith said.
Seeing the creativity and talent put into the design entries is one of the aspects Minuth said she most enjoys about the show.
In addition to being a co-chairperson for the event, Smith also stages the entries.
“I really enjoy seeing the creativity people express in their designs,” she said.