By HANS MADSEN
Messenger staff writer
What better to set off a display of yellow flowers than something, well, yellow.
Dennis Wolf, of LeMars, uses his hands to frame one of the mini designs entered in the annual Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club show at the Crossroads Mall Saturday. The small arrangements can measure no more than 5 inches in any direction.
How about a pair of lemons resting on an old-fashioned balance scale?
This was just one of the pairings entrants in the annual Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club flower show came up with to show off the products of their gardens, greenhouses and window sills Saturday at the Crossroads Mall.
Loretta Daisy, who along with Wendy Lensing, served as superintendents of the show, explained that the entries are divided into three main categories: horticulture, design and special exhibit. There are classes within each category.
Daisy encourages anyone growing flowers to go ahead and enter them.
"Your flowers are as nice as anyone else's," she said.
Lensing feels the same way.
"Try it, you'll like it," she said.
Besides a chance to have their flowers looked over with careful scrutiny by Nationally Federated Judges, the show offers an opportunity to socialize and share information with other flower growers.
"You learn new tricks about growing flowers," Daisy said.
Since the growing cycle of many flowers is controlled by the weather, the timing of the show allowed the club to have entries from early-blooming plants that might not normally get a chance. A number of entrants brought flowers from their lilac bushes.
Sela Bryhne, the president of the club, said she was happy about the early show date. She particularly enjoyed the lilacs.
While this might be a boon for some, the early show and the cool weather keep some things out of the show since they just aren't in bloom yet.
"I'll have peonies next week," Lensing said. "I don't have any this week."
The club also encourages youths and children to participate. There is a special category for those under 18 to show what their green thumbs can do. This year there were three youth participants along with 27 adults. There were more than 300 entries in all categories.
For anyone interested in future shows or joining the club, members meet the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Izaac Walton League shelter in Armstrong Park. New members are welcome.
Contact Hans Madsen at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club Flower Show results
Award of Merit, Roses Marilyn Peterson Pink Shrub Rose
Award of Merit, Perennial Peggy Moody Peony
Award of Merit, Bulbs Marilyn Peterson Tulip
Award of Merit, Fruits/Vegetables Judy Touney Asparagus
Arboreal Award Marlene Langerstrom Fernleaf Buckthorn
Collectors Showcase Award Loretta Daisy Heucheras
Horticultural Sweepstakes Award Marilyn Peterson Shipp
Tricolor Award Pam Gollob
Designer's Choice Award Millie Nordeen
Table Artistry Award Loretta Daisy
Design Excellence Award Loretta Daisy
Design Sweepstakes Award Jan Krass
Youth Top Exhibitor
Horticulture Kaela Gollob
Design Tabitha Chitwood
Darlene Krambeck Award Cathy Brandal Educational Display
Lucille Swanson Award Millie Nordeen
Judge's Award Jan Krass
Past President's Award Jan Krass