Lily Fever

On Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday June 17, the historic Union Train Station, 103 River Street, Old Towne, Petersburg, Virginia will be transformed into a wonderland of color at the 68th Annual Garden Club of Virginia Lily Show. The Petersburg Garden Club with assistance from the North American Lily Society will present the show entitled “All Aboard,” featuring both horticultural specimens and intricate interpretative arrangements on the train theme.

This is the second year for the Lily Show at the Union Train Station site.  Last year, I made a pilgrimage to Petersburg to see for myself the diverse and colorful displays. I was unprepared for the enormous riot of color and the limitless variety of blooms that greeted me. During the last hundred years, a multitude of lily hybrids have been developed by hybridizers, especially by Dutch hybridizers, resulting in varieties with deeper colors and sturdier stems and bulbs that grow quite well in our local gardens.  The variety was impressive at last year’s show and it was fun to wander through the forest of blooms that filled the the old train station and choose a few that I’d like to have in my own garden.

But whether you garden or not, it is still enjoyable to visit to the Lily Show. It is an amazing display of horticulture and artistic floral arrangements. There is no charge for the event but a green offering will be accepted to offset costs.  The hours are: Wednesday, June 16, 2:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester

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