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This Land is Our Land: A Standard Flower Show, July 22-23, 2017
On July 22 and 23, 2017, Chippewa Garden Club presented a Standard Flower Show at the Brecksville Community Center. The title of the show was This Land is Our Land and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Metroparks. The show included 28 designs whose inspirations were one of the Metroparks reservations. Fifty-three classes of horticulture were included in the show. All the horticulture exhibits were fresh and grown by our club members. The show also included an Education Division and Botanical Arts Division (photography and artistic crafts).
The reasons we do biennial Flower Shows are to educate the public as well as our members in horticulture and flower design and to provide an outlet for creative expression. We certainly met those objectives. Check out our award winners below.
Award winners for the 2017 This Land is Our Land Flower Show:
Award of Design Excellence: Lenore Siegman
Designers Choice Award/Seibel Award: Lenore Siegman
Petite Award/Zuzan Silver Bowl: Jo Ann Bartsch
Award of Horticulture Excellence: JoAnn Sherman
Arboreal Award – Branches of Trees/Shrubs: Debbie Schuckert
Collections – Foliage: JoAnn Sherman
Foliage Container Grown Plants: Judy Guinn
Flowering Container Grown Plants: Judy Guinn
Container Grown Succulents: Charlene Schuh
Combination Containers: Margaret DeWolf
Awards of Merit:
Cut Specimen Flowering Perennial: Debbie Schuckert
Cut Specimen Foliage Perennial: Kathy Habib
Cut Specimen Flowering Annual: Debbie Schuckert
Cut Specimen Foliage Annual: Lynne Evans
Vegetables: Jo Ann Bartsch
The Educational Award: Kathy Ziemba
Photography: Jo Ann Bartsch
For Design: Lenore Siegman and Judy Guinn (tie!)
For Horticulture: Kathy Habib
AWARD UPDATES: NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC.
Chippewa Garden Club won two awards for its work in youth gardening. On June 7, we, along with the Emerald Necklace Garden Club, won an award for Youth Garden Club Beautification for the rain garden installed and planted at Central School. That project also won a First Place for Youth Environmental Education from the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
On May 6, 2016, National Garden Clubs, Inc. presented three awards to Chippewa Garden Club. They were:
- A certificate of commendation for Youth Horticulture Education (for the Recess Gardening Program at Central School);
- The Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit for our “Art in the Garden” Newsletter; and
- An Achievement Award (with Rosette) and certificate of commendation for a Club Standard Flower Show for our 2015 Flower Show “Artists in Our Garden”
Congratulations to all our members who worked on all these projects. A special round of applause to Pat G. who edits our award-winning newsletter.
CHIPPEWA GARDEN CLUB NAMED GARDEN CLUB OF THE YEAR!!
At its 88th Annual Convention April 5-7, 2016, the Garden Club of Ohio named Chippewa Garden Club the Garden Club of the Year for our work accomplished in 2015. The first time Chippewa won this award was in 1971, and we won another five times from 1999 to 2013. This most recent award is the seventh time our club has been honored among the approximately 150 garden clubs throughout Ohio.
The top award is based on a point system, scoring each project or award topic as judged by the Garden Club of Ohio. Chippewa scored the highest among the other medium-sized clubs and then won overall among all clubs of all sizes.
We won three awards for our 2015 Flower Show, Artists in our Garden, held last September. The show itself won a first place award, the schedule a second place, and the educational exhibit a third place. You can see what the Flower Show looked like in the photos to the right, and scroll down to see all the individual winners at the show.
A total of seven other first place awards were given to the Garden Club for our Arbor Day projects, youth projects, garden therapy, newsletter, yearbook, and membership brochure. Second place awards were given for the establishment of a Monarch WayStation at Central School and our website.
Co-Presidents Kathy Habib and Jo Ann Bartsch attended the awards ceremony in Dayton Ohio. Both were overwhelmed at our success, noting that this was only possible because we have such an active membership. Our members not only participate in our civic projects, especially the Flower Show, but are willing to document our activities in the required award briefs! We’re hoping that some of our projects go on to win regional or national awards later this year. Stay tuned.
A round of applause for all our members!!