The Franklin Garden Club, in cooperation with the Macon County Fair Board, is holding its annual flower show at the 58th Annual Macon County Fair. The flower show opened to the public starting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 19. The show is located in Building D of the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, formerly known as the Macon County Fairgrounds, on South Georgia Road (Hwy. 441.)
Both full-time and seasonal residents of Macon County are exhibiting flowers and plants at the show.
“We encourage multiple entries, but exhibitors could enter only one item in each of the over 70 subdivisions of 12 classes” said Jeanne Vaughters, president of the Franklin Garden Club.
Various types of cut flowers make up half of the classes: “Annuals,” “Perennials,” “Roses,” “Bulbs, Corms & Tubers,” “Flowering Vines” and “Shrubs or Trees in Flower or Fruit.” A variety of different classes of plants make up five other classes: “Blooming Plants,” “Bonsai,” “Cacti & Succulents,” “Foliage Plants” and “Orchids.” The highlight of the show is the final class – “Artistic Arrangements.”
Eligible entries must have been grown by the exhibitor or owned by them for at least three months. For details on the flower show and a list of specific subdivision categories, see “Department XXII – Flowers” in the Macon County Fair Catalogue. This paperback book is available for free at the Macon County Cooperative Extension office at the Agricultural Services Center in Franklin just off Highlands Road at 193 Thomas Heights Road. Exhibitors were asked to pay particular attention to the size of blooms or number of stems required in some subdivisions.
For the protection of everyone’s entries, each entry was required to be healthy and free of insects and dead leaves. Vases for annual flowers were available for loan at the show. Clean pots and well groomed, trimmed plants were encouraged since appearance is an important factor in judging.
In addition to a Best of Show award, judges provided by the Cooperative Extension office will award first, second and third place ribbons in each subdivision.
Members of the Franklin Garden Club water plants but exhibitors are encouraged to keep an eye on their plants throughout the five days of the show and to remove or replace dead or wilted flowers as needed. Exhibitors must reclaim their entries between 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.18.
For more information, call Nancy Taro at (828)524-8673 or Jeanne Vaughters at (828)369-2590.