The Power of Flowers – The Point Pleasant Register
POMEROY, Ohio – For anyone who enjoys gardening, there’s an opportunity ahead to learn more about showcasing these green thumbs at the 2021 Meigs County Flower Show.
Flower Show Chairs Peggy Crane and Shelia Curtis will bring their many years of flower show and design experience to the Meigs County Farmers Market on July 10. Both will showcase floral designs and present information on how to become an exhibitor. There will also be a tutorial on how to “clean” individual specimens to judge them.
Both are members of the Meigs County, Shade Valley and Winding Trails Garden Clubs, and encourage participation in garden clubs to share a common interest in flowers and plants.
There are two flower shows at the fair each year, the first on Monday and the second on Thursday. This year’s show theme for both days is “Summer Activities”. Participants will be asked to design arrangements that represent, for example, “Summer vacation, gardening, preserving and canning, and a boat trip on the Greater Ohio.”
Much of the exhibit features entries of individual horticultural specimens such as roses, sunflowers, hostas, and herbs picked directly from the gardens of Southeast Ohio. Crane said that many people have excellent plants growing in their own gardens, and she encourages them to participate in the horticultural part of the show.
“It’s exciting to see your gardening efforts on display,” Crane said. “And who knows, yours might be the prize winner.”
Curtis agrees and said the Fair Flower Show aims to showcase talented gardeners and flower designers and provide a forum for them to exhibit their creations.
Young gardeners also have the opportunity to learn and participate, individually or as members of the Sprouts Junior Garden Club, in the junior show that runs alongside the adults.
The scheduled dates for the next shows are Monday August 16 and Thursday August 19 and are open to all residents of Meigs County and to all members of a Meigs County Garden Club. The required entrance fee is the purchase of a season ticket or subscription from the Meigs County Fair Board. Junior courses are open to anyone under the age of 19 and also require a season pass to participate.
Crane and Curtis realize the importance of bringing garden clubs to the public and found the Meigs Farms Market to be a perfect opportunity. Here they present programs on the second weekend of each month. Previously, the group had sponsored a flower exchange and shown how to create a fairy garden.
For their June program, visitors to the market were invited to create their own fairy garden, and more than 50 people accepted the offer. Vanessa Folmer of the Shade Valley Garden Club organized the event with help from Melanie Stethem of the Shade Valley Council of Floral Arts and Crane.
“There is so much to learn and we are here to encourage anyone of any age who is interested to join us in the market and see who we are,” said Crane. We all want to grow, educate and have fun.
You can get more information by contacting Peggy Crane at 740-992-2533, visiting the Meigs County Fair website, or stopping by the Meigs County Farmers Market on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. .
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Horticulture: Award-winning, groomed horticultural specimens for display at a previous Meigs County Fair include Hydrangeas, Lilies, Black Eyed Susans.
Karen Hart, a Meigs County Farmer’s Market vendor, has moved away from her stall, Hart’s Desire, to create her own fairy garden.
Vanessa Folmer educated Olivia and Phoebe Rife on the correct way to prepare the fairy garden for planting.
A view of an assembled “fairy garden”.
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.