The annual flower show at the Wheeling Civic Garden Center in Oglebay Park proved to be another blooming success, with blue ribbons sprouting all over the display area.
The show, presented by the Civic Garden Center and the Wheeling Gardeners Society, was held Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11. With a theme of "Nature, Naturally," the event attracted about 100 visitors, said co-chairman Michelle Latos of Wheeling.
Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite entry in the show's two divisions. Winners of the people's choice awards were Valerie Pickett of Bethlehem, horticulture division, and Jean Martin of Bethlehem, design division.
Numerous blue ribbons were presented in the horticulture division, officials said. Five awards of merit were issued in this division. The winners were Pickett, for Veronicastrum virginicum (culvesas root); Steve Vasiliou of Wheeling, Gladiolus Inferno; Norma Baker of Bethlehem, Dill Herculuse; Irene Handzel of St. Clairsville, minature rose, Pink Magic Rose; and Mary Lou Ward of Wheeling, caladium.
Latos won an arboreal award fo a Magnolia grandiflora called Edith Bogue.
Vasiliou won a collector's showcase award and an award of horticultural excellence for succulents. He also received two grower's choice awards for Euphorbia melii and a combination planter.
In the design division, six blue ribbons were given. Winners of those prizes and the titles of their entries were as follows: Vasiliou, two ribbons, "Sahara: How Dry I Am!" and "Mount Everest: Climb Every Mountain"; Latos, "Great Barrier Reef: How Deep Is the Ocean?"; Baker, "Amazon Rain Forest: Singing in the Rain"; Martin, "Grand Canyon: Rock of Ages"; and Lynda Ward of Wheeling, "Antarctica: Baby It's Cold Outside."
Latos' entry also won a table artistry award. Vasiliou's "Mount Everest" also earned a designer's choice award and an award of design excellence.
Three educational exhibits accompanied the flower show. Presenting the exhibits were Baker, geology in West Virginia; Jeannie Dunlop, song birds of our area, and Latos, plants of our area.
The event was a standard flower show which met the requirements of National Garden Clubs Inc. The standard system of judging was used. Judges came from Beckley, Clarksburg and Williamson, Latos said. Co-chairmen of this year's show were Baker, Latos, Vasiliou and Larry Bole of Wheeling.