Floral Fantasies



Victory Garden Floral Arrangement

Bob Capazzo

Memories of sweet nostalgia skittered through World War II–vintage victory gardens in the botanically transformed parish hall of Christ Church in early March. The four garden vignettes, so carefully crafted by dedicated horticulturists, were part of but one class of nine categories in the biannual flower show of the Green Fingers Garden Club. Titled “Preview of Spring,” the exhibition lures not only members of garden clubs from near and far but also anyone who loves horticulture, flower arranging, botanical photography and jewelry made from all-natural plant materials. Winter woes were forgotten as soon as you entered the hall with its heady dose of spring — flowers were everywhere, from ruby-red amaryllis nurtured to bloom exactly on time for the show and forced pink blossoms on enormous swooning sprays of branches to indoor plants in mint condition.

This year the club marked the fortieth anniversary of the show — the only exhibition of its kind in the Northeast by a single garden club — by celebrating past achievements and looking forward to projects not yet dreamed. So while victory gardens were juxtaposed with a store-window pedestal display of blossom-festooned ladies’ party hats, there were also dramatically futuristic architectures cloaked in bursts of brilliant scarlet on stage. Since this was a juried show, where the prestigious Fenwick Medal of the Garden Club of America was to be awarded among other honors, anxiety ran high the day before the show opened to the public. On preview night, the excitement to discover the winners was so palpable you could touch it. Admiration was the order of the day for everything Green Fingers members accomplished — whether for themselves or the community at large.

Memories of sweet nostalgia skittered through World War II–vintage victory gardens in the botanically transformed parish hall of Christ Church in early March. The four garden vignettes, so carefully crafted by dedicated horticulturists, were part of but one class of nine categories in the biannual flower show of the Green Fingers Garden Club. Titled “Preview of Spring,” the exhibition lures not only members of garden clubs from near and far but also anyone who loves horticulture, flower arranging, botanical photography and jewelry made from all-natural plant materials. Winter woes were forgotten as soon as you entered the hall with its heady dose of spring — flowers were everywhere, from ruby-red amaryllis nurtured to bloom exactly on time for the show and forced pink blossoms on enormous swooning sprays of branches to indoor plants in mint condition.

This year the club marked the fortieth anniversary of the show — the only exhibition of its kind in the Northeast by a single garden club — by celebrating past achievements and looking forward to projects not yet dreamed. So while victory gardens were juxtaposed with a store-window pedestal display of blossom-festooned ladies’ party hats, there were also dramatically futuristic architectures cloaked in bursts of brilliant scarlet on stage. Since this was a juried show, where the prestigious Fenwick Medal of the Garden Club of America was to be awarded among other honors, anxiety ran high the day before the show opened to the public. On preview night, the excitement to discover the winners was so palpable you could touch it. Admiration was the order of the day for everything Green Fingers members accomplished — whether for themselves or the community at large.

 

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