Garden Club showcases ‘Memories of Mama’

-Messenger photo by Olivia Hanson
Nancy Phillips, left, and Rita Milberger of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club pose with a display of what people will see at the garden club’s show.

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club will host its annual garden show at the Crossroads Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on June 10.

The members of the Garden Club that organized this event are Second Vice President Rita Milberger and Third Vice President Nancy Phillips.

“We’re a group that loves gardening and loves being outdoors,” Milberger said. “We like doing things in the community and educating the public about all types of gardening.”

This year, the theme of the garden show will be, “Memories of Mama.” This theme was chosen to inspire people to reminisce on past memories with their mothers or grandmothers in the home or in the garden.

“A lot of people are going back to nostalgia,” Phillips said. “Or they’re using old things and making them new again and it brings back memories for people. It’s not an everyday occurrence that we think about the past.”

Members of the Fort Dodge club are able to enter their horticulture or designs into the show for the public to see. Members of the public are also able to enter their horticulture or designs into the show if it fits into a division made by the Garden Club.

The designs are judged by a panel of judges from other garden clubs around Iowa. Entries into the show can win an overall division award, honorary mention or first, second or third place in each division.

The purpose of this event is to entertain and educate the public about horticulture or designs that they make. Club members will be there to answer any questions that the public may have.

“It’s fun; it’s really fun,” Phillips said. “The horticulture is beautiful. In fact, when I first joined, I went to the flower show and I went, ‘Oh my gosh. All of these people have all of this talent?’ I was just overwhelmed. And all of the flowers that they grow? Oh wow, it was just beautiful.”