The Tri-Cities Garden Club’s annual show is open today, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. The “Lakeshore Beauty”-themed show features 286 horticulture entries, 36 designs, 12 container entries, 30 children’s entries, six collections and three educational exhibits.
Admission to the show is free.
Lynn Smith and Sandy Minuth, co-chairpersons for the 2019 show, noted that given Michigan’s weather, the annuals and bulbs are about 2-3 weeks behind normal. However, overall, Smith said the show is “great.”
The weather also caused some categories, such as annuals, to have a decreased number of entries; while categories such as hostas, and flowering and non-flowering perennials have an increased number of entries.
Prior to opening to the public, 18 judges and three student judges from across the state awarded entries ribbons for first, second, third and honorable mention, and top awards for their categories.
Here are the winners of the 2019 flower show:
Award of Merit for flowering annuals: Barb Lobdell
Award of Merit for non-flowering perennials: Katie Schumacher
Award of Merit for non-flowering annuals: Ginny Ryan
Award of Merit for flowering perennials: Gayle Ruiter
Award of Merit for bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, corms: Dr. Richard Peters
Collectors Showcase Award: Shirley Batchelder
Dolores Michele Award: Shirley Batchelder
Arboreal Award of Merit for Flowering Woody Shrubs: Kathy Parmer
Grower’s Choice Award: Ginny Ryan
Award of Horticulture Excellence: Barb Lobdell
Horticulture Sweepstakes Award: Kathleen Schumacher
Mildred & Robert Marsh Bowl for Horticulture Sweepstakes: Kathleen Schumacher
Tri-Color Award: Carol Jean Locke
Novice Blue Ribbon: June Cook
Ethel Larsen Memorial Bowl: June Cook
Designer’s Choice Award: Mary Bugeia
Table Artistry Award: Sandy Minuth
Table Artistry Tray: Sandy Minuth
Award of Design Excellence: Bob Friese
Design Sweepstakes Award: June Cook and Carol Jean Locke
Tri-Cities Garden Club Anniversary Tray for Design Sweepstakes: June Cook and Carol Jean Locke
Jane Denning Award for Creativity: Mary Bugeia
Education, Youth & Botanical Arts
Youth Top Exhibitor Award, ages 3-6: Eleanor Guernsey
Youth Top Exhibitor Award, ages 7-12: Ian Clapp
Educational Top Exhibitor Award: Pat Bazany
Botanical Arts Photography Award: Pat Bazany