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From books to blooms

Krystle Wagner • Jul 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The Tri-Cities Garden Club’s annual Flower Show returns next week.

The 61st annual show, themed “Vintage Treasures,” will take place 3-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 13; and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. Admission is free.

A panel of judges will award entries with ribbons on July 12 before the show opens to the public.

Entries will be featured in the horticulture division in categories such as flowering annuals/perennials, flowering woody shrubs, non-flowering cut specimens, flowering bulbs, container-grown flowering/non-flowering planters, rhizomes, tubers and corms.

The design division will include sections such “classic tunes,” “dusty old books” and “tiny treasures,” said Janet Joiner, the show’s publicity co-chairperson.

Botanical arts and photography will also be components of the show.

The educational exhibit “Wabi Sabi” will feature “nature’s wonders in the garden,” and “Victory Gardens” will feature “historical and current gardens.”

“The Black Swallowtail” will also be part of an educational exhibit. Joiner said Michigan is one of three states that doesn’t have a state butterfly, so there has been an effort to have the black swallowtail recognized as it.

Members of the garden club will also work with children to create fresh floral arrangements in containers for the youth division. Ages 3-6 will be in the “Jack-in-the-Box” section, and ages 7-12 will be in the “Tinker Toys” section.

“This is going to be such a great kids project,” Joiner said.

The Tri-Cities Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs, Central Region Garden Clubs and Michigan Garden Clubs District IV.

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