Kaleidoscope…the horticulture

FLY  with the snow manRemember our friend from last Winter? The winter that wouldn’t leave?   The snow still arriving in May? You can imagine the committee’s dismay and worry that the horticulture classes of Kaleidosocope might be less than robust.

AM View from the topTo our immense delight and pride, the (mostly but not all) Zone III exhibitors turned lemons into lemonade with a whopping 426 entries in the horticulture division!! Twenty-two of those entries were in Spectrum, a rainbow-hued container class, shown above arrayed in the glass atrium of the RRCC.

 Rosie Jones Award WinnerThis entry in the Blue & Purple division of Spectrum won the Rosie Jones Horticulture Award. The citation read: “Joyous!”. The Rosie Jones is awarded to a plant or collection of plants that celebrates the joy of growing.

Cut stems Allium & RhododendronExtra tables were brought in to hold the magnificent array of cut stems that poured forth on the tables. The lush blooms of striking Rhododrendrons and Alliums light up the room.

AM FS Horticulture Cuts AzaleasTheir kissing cousins, Azaleas, were right around the corner

AM FS Horticulture Cuts Flowering branchesFlowering branches brought a wealth of color to the tables.

AM FS Hort Cuts ConifersStately conifers lend their elegant tone and textures to the mix.

AM FS Hort Cuts Iris Bleeding HeartsIris and bleeding hearts lightly perfume the air.

AM FS HORT Best In Show  BegoniaHigh Definition was the Par Class. As often happens, it brought forth many prize-winning exhibits. Horticulture Best in Show was awarded to this wonderful Begonia rex ‘Escargot’.

AM FS Clarissa Willemsen Award - coleusThe coveted Clarissa Willemsen Propagation Award went to this luscious Coleus.  The Judges noted:Skillful pinching creates exuberant exhibit”.

AM FS Hort GCA Novice AwardAsplenium nidus (Bird’s nest fern) was a big winner for a novice exhibitor, winning her the GCA Novice Award: “ Congratulations on your first big win”, said the judges.

AM FS Hort Par Class second 'Hoya Hindu Rope'Too bad there isn’t an award for Transportation of Horticulture, the challenge of safely transporting and entering this magnificent (21 year old) Disambiguation cv H. carnosa would have won a 10+ for travel difficulty! This fascinating plant is known more informally as “Hoya’ or Wax Plant or Hindu Rope, the latter being my favorite name.

AM FS Hort Cuts tulips Solomon's sealA last look at the gorgeous wealth of plants….congratulations to our hard-working horticulture co-chairmen, our ZIII Hort Rep, and many, many others who contributed to this great success!!! Thank you!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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4 Responses to Kaleidoscope…the horticulture

  1. Annie Bigliani says:

    I had the great privilege of judging hort at the Kaleidoscope and the horticulture entries blew our socks off! Thank you for posting these photographs. Congrats to
    you and all those who produced this fabulous show.

    • Susan says:

      Thanks Annie. We were overwhelmed and delighted by the response. Thanks for coming to judge! Cheers Susan

  2. M.E. says:

    You did a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of the horticulture display. BRAVA to all who exhibited.

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