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The annual flower show presented by the St. Mary’s County Garden Club is one of the staples of the annual St. Mary’s County Fair. This year’s show is special, as the club is marking its diamond jubilee, celebrating 75 years.
This year, the club is highlighting some of its favorite flower shows of the past by using the title of these shows as the title for each class. Previous presidents are helping as consultants and flower show chairmen, and some of their achievements will be featured throughout the show. Arrangements will reflect interpretation through design, color and form of the theme for each class such as “Sailing Away,” “Legends of St. Mary’s” or “Wizard of Oz.”
Workshops have been held by Ingrid Swann during the summer for garden club members and others that were interested to help them learn the basics of flower design and arrangement. They experimented with flowers that were in season in order to build confidence and a strong sense of what would and would not work, where to fill in holes, and how to balance the design. They experimented and tried different versions of the same design, until they found the one they liked best. The finished designs for the flower show might look entirely different from the first attempt, since different flowers may be in season for the fair, but some of the first attempts were impressive.
The club invites visitors to the fair to check out the final outcomes and winners in the show at the fair as well as the horticulture section, which will include samples from members’ and other exhibitors’ gardens of annuals, perennials, herbs and more.