AVON LAKE, Ohio – The Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club presented a flower show of miniature floral arrangements. Club President Elaine George welcomed visitors back after the COVID delay. The show was free and open to the public.
“Our theme, ‘A Magical Miniature Tour’ featured petite floral designs,” noted George, “as well as lovely petite varieties of horticulture and botanical arts.” The designs were exhibited at the Folger Home and the Lake House in Avon Lake on June 8 and 9.
An historical note: The garden club was founded in 1930 and is now celebrating 92 years.
A first look at the miniatures in the Folger Home was almost disconcerting. Each and every one was exquisitely designed and fashioned with what can only be called the “professional” touch.
The names of each grouping reflected the miniature theme and featured a great deal of the grower’s creative expression. To name just a few of the more than 30 groupings being judged there was:
· Itty Bitty Boulevard featured bulbs, rhizomes (stems that grow underground and have nodes), corms (a bulb-like stem that also grows underground) and tubers
· Lilliputian Lane had flowering perennials
· Pintsized Patch displayed flowering containers that were grown
· Pee Wee Park displayed foliage containers that were grown
· Too Too Tiny in the category of “Mini Marvels” were staged designs in a small, 3-inch x 3-inch space
· Diminutive Dining showed an informal table set for two in and 8-inch x 8-inch space
· Thumbelina was a container-grown miniature garden in a teacup
Each reflected precise execution along with required parameters by the garden club. Each category, using the “Standard System” according to George, was used for all judging and entrants were awarded blue, red or yellow ribbons for first, second and third place for their creations as well as white ribbons for honorable mentions.
The show was promoted as a “one-of-a-kind unique experience.” For sure, it was all of that and more.