Garden clubs to present Halloween flower show

Fall arrangements will be featured at the National Garden Club Holiday Flower Show on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Oxford Community Center. This fall vignette was created by Oxford Garden Club member Ingrid Blanton.

OXFORD — The 11 Eastern Shore District I Garden Clubs of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland Inc. will present a National Garden Club Holiday Flower Show on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road.

The flower show designs and displays will reflect the creative and delightful childhood joy at Halloween. The public is invited to attend free of charge from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Members from all 11 District I garden clubs, including Kent Island Garden Club and Queen Anne’s County Garden Club, will enter floral designs, horticultural specimens, educational displays, photography exhibits and buffet table set ups, which will interpret the spookiness of the Halloween theme. The four entries in each class will be judged by National Garden Club Accredited Flower Show judges following the NGC Standard

Each entry’s design will be centered around the Halloween theme. For instance, the education presentation “Hermione’s Spellbook” will feature “Welcome to My Web” about spiders and their benefits in the garden. Exhibit 2 is called “Bats in the Belfrey,” describing the value of bats in the landscape and the danger of White Nose Syndrome, which is killing bats all across North America. Exhibit 3, “Broomsticks,” is an exhibit of the art of broom making.

Other divisions include “Ghost Plants,” a display of broadleaf and needled evergreen specimens. Flowering perennials will be featured in a class called “In Disguise.” The floral design class is “Hocus Pocus,” and the individual groups are called “Ghostly,” “Black Magic” and “Moonlit.” The petite floral design class is called “Goblins,” and the subtitles are “Creaky Gates,” “Howling” and “Eerie.” The large floral design group is named “Trick or Treat,” with its entries labeled “Chocolate Hisses,” “Candy Corn” and “Bones.”

Other competitive classes are named “Spooktacular Fun,” “Bubble, Bubble and Toil and Trouble” and “Dressing Up.”

The photography competition is titled “Say Eek.”

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