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April 22, 2013

62nd annual flower show highlights work of more than 200 gardeners

GARDENDALE — One of Gardendale’s longest-running events is still as strong as ever.

The 62nd annual North End Council of Garden Clubs flower show was last week, and organizers say it was another great success.

The Gardendale Civic Center Exhibition Hall was filled Thursday and Friday with blooms, plants, floral designs, miniatures and children’s exhibits.

Judges placed ribbons on Thursday before the show opened to the public, with many entries earning awards. Some categories of the show were open to garden club members as well as the general public.

Show Chairman Judy Burton said there were 268 horticulture entries in addition to the other submissions.

“It was a lot of hard but rewarding work by all the members who participated,” Burton said. “It was just a great success.”

Burton said she was particularly pleased with the youth division entries, which included several submissions from Snow Rogers Elementary School Junior Garden Club members as well as non-members, including home-school students.

This year’s show was called “America, America,” and was a tribute to military veterans.

The event opened with a memorial to veterans, headed up by David Wright. His daughter Christy Write sang “Taps.”

Crane Works provided a huge American flag as a backdrop to the stage, and there was an exhibit including photos of veterans at the show’s entrance.

The co-chairmen of the show were Patricia  Tate and Margie Thomas. Thomas was also president of the North End Council of Garden Clubs until recently, when Gwen Kelly became the new president.

The Gardendale event won the state and national flower shows in 2010 and 2011, and won the state show in 2012.

Keep an eye at for a list of winners from the flower show.

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