Calvert Garden Club Celebrates 70th Birthday with Free Flower Show

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD, September 6, 2006—The Calvert Garden Club is celebrating its 70th year with A Small Standard Flower Show, “Motion Pictures: Lights, Camera, Action,” to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006, from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Linden, the home of the Calvert County Historical Society, 70 Church Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland, 20678. The flower show is free and open to the public.

“Motion Pictures: Lights, Camera, Action," will evoke the 1920s-1940s at historic Linden, including an Educational Display on the award-winning 1920s Kitchen Garden at Linden.

As described in The Handbook for Flower Shows, published by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., “The flower show is the garden club tournament….The flower show is a stage production featuring fresh plant materials as the stars of the cast!”

Planning for the Small Standard Flower Show has been underway for more than a year. Co-Chairmen Dotty Dorsey and Mary Smolinksi and at least a dozen members of the Calvert Garden Club first created the Small Standard Flower Show Schedule, a document written especially for the flower show that outlines the competitive classes and general rules for Horticulture and Design. For example, the Horticulture Rules state that “entries must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least 90 days,” and the Design Rules prohibit the use of endangered or invasive species.

“We decided on the names for the Divisions in keeping with the movie theme,” said Dorsey. In the Division I – Horticulture “Stars” category, five classes are available for anyone to enter, including the general public: Cacti and Succulents, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Herbs, and Houseplants. Division II – Design includes “Reel to Reel,” with three classes: Dinner After the Premier, In Black and White, and Short Features. Division III – Youth Classes, “Children’s Hour” features unlimited entries by fourth graders from The Calverton School, who will be designing “imaginative critters” depicting Bugs Bunny and Monster Movies using fresh fruit and/or vegetables.

Best of Show and First, Second, Third, and Fourth place will be awarded in each Horticulture and Design class; in the Youth Exhibits, a Youth Award will be presented in addition to First through Fourth places.

Honorary Chairmen of the Small Standard Flower Show are Kitty Larkin, President, National Garden Clubs, Inc.; Judy Clemson, Director, Central Atlantic Region; Lissa Williamson, President, Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.; and Nickola Schwab, Director, District II.

The Calvert Garden Club, founded in May 1936, is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., District II. The Calvert Garden Club is a non-profit charitable organization that sponsors activities designed to preserve and improve the natural beauty of our community. We do this through landscaping of public places, conserving historic sites, and sponsoring artistic opportunities for the community’s youth, senior citizens, and our members.

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