Ready, Set…. SHOW!

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Daffodils are the first flowers to bloom each spring, bringing us  a sea of yellow drifts throughout Gloucester County.  Whether they are planted in a flower garden or naturalized in a field, their presence brings joy to all.  It’s a flower we can simply plant and forget for it is one of the easiest to grow.  But there are some growers who are serious about the daffodil and devote much time to growing the perfect specimen and entering their blooms in competition at daffodil shows. Growers will get that chance this weekend. The Garden Club of Gloucester is primed and ready to present their 60th Annual Daffodil Show on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 at Page Middle School on Rt. 17 in Gloucester. The show is sanctioned by The American Daffodil Society and is open to the public.  Green Offerings are accepted.

Putting on a flower show takes Herculean effort but the Garden Club of Gloucester is a well-oiled machine with members following a trusted time line the day before the show.  Steady streams of husbands in trucks transport equipment from storage to the cavernous gymnasium of the school where members and husbands are ready for setup.  Every member is assigned a task and in no time, they have created the staging.  In less than 24 hours, the room will be transformed into a floral wonderland of horticulture and artistic arrangements.

The chairmen have selected ‘Birds In Flight’ as the artistic theme this year. Novice and experienced arrangers will enter flower arranging competitions in several classes depicting a variety of feathered friends. There is a class for children, one just for men and a timed challenge class for adventuresome arrangers. Each of our members performs several duties from food preparation, clerks and runners for the judges, setting up supplies for the exhibitors, registering exhibitors and arrangers, tabulation and recording the judges’ choices,  assisting novice exhibitors, working with the children and much more.

After experiencing daffodils on a personal level for two days, the show closes and tear-down by members and husbands begins efficiently and swiftly.  Risers, covers, test tubes, blocks and truckloads of equipment are packed and transported by trucks for storage to await the 61st Annual Daffodil Show in 2011. For more information on the show, visit the Parks and Recreation website.

Shortly after the Gloucester show, the Garden Club of Virginia’s 76th Annual Daffodil Show takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 & 8, at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar. The complex task of putting on a state show will be performed by the Hillside Garden Club with the theme for the 2010 ADS show, ‘The James Runs Through It,’ reflecting the significance of the James River to the history of Lynchburg and Amherst.  This club will mirror our set-up and take-down and numerous jobs on a larger and more complex scale. Their space will be transformed into a seemingly endless variety of colors, shapes, sizes and fragrances of daffodils and artistic arrangements.  This will be an experience not to miss. The show is open to all daffodil growers and exhibitors but there are sections that are open only to Garden Club of Virginia members in club competitions. For more information on the Garden Club of Virginia’s Daffodil Show, visit the GCV website. The show is open to the pubic. A Green Offering will be accepted.

We invite you to stop by and experience both daffodil shows and we encourage you to think about entering your daffodil(s) in a show.  It is fun, it is easy, and we guarantee it will be painless.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester

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