Second flower show winners

The 2012 Montgomery County Fair Flower Show wrapped up its second and final flower show held during the run of fair in Dayton, Ohio. The Garden Club Federation of Dayton and Vicinity would like to thank all those who helped make it a success – especially considering the difficult drought this summer.

BEST OF SHOW AWARDS

Best of Show – Section 1 (Roses): John Adams

Best of Show – Section 2-6 (All Other Cut Specimens): John Adams

Best of Show – Section 7 (Container-Grown Plants): Dale Rodgers

Best of Show – Section 8 Cacti/Succulents: John Adams

Best of Show – Section 9 (Junior Horticulture): Michelle Keck

Best of Show – Section 12 (Adult Artistic): Joni Duncan

Best of Show – Section 14 (Junior Artistic): Lilly Svisco

OTHER AWARDS

Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Horticulture: Jan Vomacka

Green Thumb Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection from Sections 1-6): Jan Vomacka

Container Growers Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection From Sections 7-8): Barbara Warner

Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Artistic: Babs Sabick

Green Thumb Award – Junior Horticulture (Horticultural Excellence of a Junior Exhibit): Ben Zink

And the winners are……

The 160th Montgomery County Fair (Dayton, OH) is now underway running August 29-September 3, 2012. The Garden Club Federation of Dayton and Vicinity (‘like’ us on Facebook) produces two flower shows during the run of the fair. The first flower show was held Wednesday, August 29 and the winners are noted below. Reminder to exhibitors: the first show entries will be released at 5 pm, Friday, August 31.

Anyone who is a Federation member or is a resident of Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble or Warren Counties is eligible to enter these flower shows. Entries for the second show on Saturday, September 1, will be accepted from 6-9 pm, August 31 and 7-9 am, September 1. There are no entry fees and no premiums will be given. You’ll just win beautiful ribbons, maybe some big rosettes and be the envy of your green (and brown) thumbed friends. Check out the complete flower show schedule and exhibitor rules HEREThe second show entries will be released at 5 pm, Monday, September 3. We hope to see you there!

BEST OF SHOW AWARDS

Best of Show – Section 1 (Roses): Ed Marrinan

Best of Show – Sections 2-6 (All Other Cut Specimens): Jean Beecher

Best of Show – Section 7 (Container Grown Plants): Caralynn Appenzeller

Best of Show – Section 8 (cacti/succulents): Nancy Denlinger

Best of Show – Section 9 (Junior Horticulture): Grace Hansford, age 6

Best of Show – Section 10 (Artistic Special Class): Joni Duncan

Best of Show – Section 11 (Adult Artistic): Louise Bennett

Best of Show – Section 13 (Junior Artistic): Rachel Dalyrmple

OTHER AWARDS

Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Horticulture: Marcia Heil

Green Thumb Award – Adult Horticulture (for Horticultural Excellence in Sections 1-6): Caralynn Appenzeller

Container Grower Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection in Sections 7-8): John Adams

Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Artistic: Babs Sabick

Green Thumb Award – Junior Horticulture (for horticultural excellence from Section 9): Rebekah Hansford, age 13

It’s almost fair time!

The bounty to be had!

As a kid, the final ‘hurrah’ of summer was looking forward to attending the Montgomery County Fair which is held annually over Labor Day weekend. I was a member of the Lads & Lassies 4-H club in Centerville which was led by the Mr. & Mrs. Seth Furnace who farmed on Social Row Road. Yes, Virginia, Centerville/Washington Township had 4-H clubs! Reflecting back, none of the ‘hip’ people at Centerville were in the club…… apparently, raising and showing (and eating) meat rabbits and showing flower/vegetable garden entries further cemented my ‘square peg’ high school persona……. Oh, well.

A 2010 fair Best of Show winner by Joni Duncan.

Well, 40-ahem or so years have passed and this year I am the chair for the 2011 Montgomery County Fair Flower Shows (Wednesday, August 31 and Saturday, September 3). Anyone in Montgomery County and any adjoining county may exhibit. Check out the complete flower show schedule HERE.

An informational meeting on entering the fair will be held 10 am, Monday, August 15 at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark .

Reservations are only required for the artistic arranging classes. Call Barbara Warner to enter those classes at 937-890-3313. Contact Susan Keck at 937-278-3154 to secure an exhibitors number and to schedule a volunteer stint as a flower show hostess.

The Montgomery County Fair Flower Show, sponsored by the Montgomery County Agricultural Society and produced by the Garden Club Federation of Dayton and Vicinity, is looking for some knowledgeable volunteers. Specifically, the Federation is looking for a few volunteers for Classification/Placement duties.

Classification personnel are one of the tools a flower show needs for quality control and plant identification. Armed with handbooks and catalogs it is their assignment to verify that the horticulture specimens entered for competition are properly identified and entered in the correct class.

Continuing with the Classification’s goals, Placement personnel further enforce the quality control and identification of the specimens being entered as they make their way to being judged by an accredited Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. flower show judge.

Classification personnel are needed for 6-9 pm Tuesday, August 30; 7-9 am Wednesday, August 31; 6-9 pm Friday, September 2 and 7-9 am Saturday, September 3.  Placement personnel are needed for the same times as above with the exception that they are needed a bit longer: 7-11 am on Wednesday and Saturday.

Those interested in volunteering to help are asked to contact the show’s Classification/Placement Chair , Jan Vomacka at 937-885-0636, for more information and shift availabilities.

Scrambled eggs anyone?

At first glance it looked like someone had spilled scrambled eggs under my neighbor’s tree. It was brilliant yellow in color and upon closer inspection had a furry look about it. Dusk was nearly upon me and because I’m not a big fan of taking pictures with flash, I waited until morning to get these photos. By that time the beautiful yellow color had already dulled to a pale beige. And it had grown. Exponentially!

It turns out to be one of the prettier varieties of slime mold, something akin to fungus. That is, if you can call slime mold pretty. Fuligo septica is also commonly called scrambled egg slim and also dog vomit. Eeeeewwwwweeeee. I like calling it scrambled egg slime better.

If you are one of the millions upon millions of home gardeners who spread bark mulch in your beds, you’ve probably run into this common fungus-like sight. Without getting too scientific, a bunch of spores grow and form a fast-growing amoeba-like spongy mass while in search of non-living organic nutrients found in mulch.

It doesn’t take long, even a day or so, before it turns brown and crusty. If you don’t like what you see, turn it over and cover with fresh mulch. It turns out that the presence of slime mold is actually a good thing; showing that organic matter is doing what it should be doing.

Calling all ladies

Siebenthaler’s Nursery’s annual Ladies’ Night will be held Thursday, August 4 from 6-8 pm. This event will be held at their Beavercreek location (2074 Beaver Valley Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45434). Join The Cake Chronicles author Jayne B. Robinson as she finds sweet hope in this crazy world. Cake and sparkling wine will be served. Call 937-434-3126,  937-426-4110 or stop in either location to reserve your spot.

Get ready for the county fair flower show

Mark your calendars now for the Montgomery County Fair’s Flower Show! The flower show is sponsored by the Montgomery County Agricultural Society and produced by the Federation of Garden Clubs of Dayton and Vicinity. There are two days of floral-friendly competition: Wednesday, August 31 and Saturday, September 3. Volunteers are needed in many capacities: helping to process entries, getting entries sorted and placed in preparation for judging, hostessing during the hours the fair is open, set-up and more. Don’t forget to enter your own specimens! There is no fee to exhibit. Download the flower show schedule HERE to learn more about entering and contact details. An informational briefing will be held on Monday, August 15 at 10am at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.

Sales alerts

If you are still in the market for slipping in a few more plants, be sure to visit your local garden center or nursery for some great deals. Examples: Knollwood Garden Center’s trees and shrubs are 20% off, birdbaths are 25% off, quart-sized perennials are 50% off and 10″ plastic hanging baskets are $10 off. Grandma’s Garden Center has 4″ annuals buy-one-get-one-free and wooden raised garden bed kits are 40% off . You’ll find similar savings all over the area this month.