Phyllis Goff, treasurer of the Port St. Joe Garden Club [ Amanda Fagan-Hansen | Contributed ]
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Gardeners unveil plans for June 8 flower show

The Port St. Joe Garden Club has unveiled the details for its small standard flower show slated for Saturday, June 8.

The event, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET, will be at the Garden Center at 216 Eighth Street and admission will be free. 

Past president Sarah Darden and treasurer Phyllis Goff have been planning this show for months and anticipate a wave of participation. They have arranged for flower show judges certified by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to evaluate each entry. 

Entitled “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” the show will feature both a floral design exhibit as well as a horticulture exposition. The public as well as garden club members are invited to enter specimens in the horticulture section on the previous Thursday, June 6, while the judging will take place on Friday, June 7.

Gulf County Master Gardeners will inspect all plant materials before entering the hall. Invasive, infested, or diseased plant materials cannot be accepted.

Categories for consideration include container grown plants, cut flowers, decorative foliage, and shrub/tree branches with attractive leaves, berries, flowers, or fruit. With the exception of container grown plants, submissions must be displayed in clear glass vases provided by the entrants. 

At the garden club meeting earlier in February, Goff offered tips for preening specimens to impress the judges. Measures such as removing imperfect leaves and conditioning foliage to maintain maximum freshness all contribute to an aesthetically pleasing blue ribbon winner.

The particulars regarding the floral design show will be released in the near future. The official flower show schedule will serve as a blueprint that defines the theme, rules, and registration protocol. The same judges who placed ribbons on prized horticultural entries will appraise the floral designs and award honors in this portion of the show as well.

The garden club meets the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 10 a.m. ET at the Garden Center. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to attend. On March 14, Clint Fussell, owner of Fussell’s Daylily Farm in Chipley, will impart advice about how to raise robust daylily varieties that flourish in Forgotten Coast climate and soils. 

The historic home of the garden club is a lovely venue for family reunions, wedding receptions, and showers. Contact rental coordinator Lanann Tuttle at 404-932-0646 for information on reserving a date.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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