Melanie Caldwell received the Award of Design Excellence for the highest scoring exhibit in the entire Design Division. Sally Kiefer was awarded the Designer’s Choice Award and Mary Kate Minge received the Table Artistry Award.
Other awards in the Design Division, listed by design class, are the following: Class 1, Underwater Designs: 1st place – Sally Kiefer, 2nd – Bettye Ellington, 3rd – Billie Watson, Honorable Mention – Elizabeth Wooten.
Class 2, Stretch Designs: 1st place – Vivian Toles, 2nd – Jayne Payne, 3rd – Ann Harris, Honorable Mention – Janet Nutt.
Class 3, Creative Designs: 1st place – Melanie Caldwell, 2nd – Glenda Puckett, 3rd – Sue Craft, Honorable Mention – Janet Nutt.
Class 4, Capsule Functional Tables: 1st place – Mary Kate Minge, 2nd – Norma Braden, 3rd – Angie Corpening, Honorable Mention – Pat Kelley.
Class 5, Exhibition Tables, Type I: 1st place – Irene Harper, 2nd – Jane Davis, 3rd – Beth Farquhar, Honorable Mention – Diann Kothe.
Class 6, Functional Trays: 1st place – Helen Lane, 2nd – Reba Sartin, 3rd – Cathy Marrs, Honorable Mention – Barbara Monday.
In the Horticulture Division, Janet Nutt received the Award of Horticultural Excellence for the highest scoring exhibit of fresh plant material in the entire division for a viburnum. The following received Awards of Merit: Bulbs – Janet Nutt (amaryllis), Vines – Mary McKenzie (clematis), Herbs – Janet Nutt (borage).
The Grower’s Choice Award for foliage container grown plants was awarded to Angie Corpening for a Ming Aralia, and the Grower’s Choice Award for flowering container grown plants went to Norma Braden for a Phalaenopsis orchid.
Two Arboreal Awards were presented: for shrubbery, Janet Nutt’s viburnum was the winner, and for trees, Cathy Marrs’ Japanese maple won. Janet Nutt received the Sweepstakes Award for the most blue ribbons in horticulture.
The following members were awarded ribbons for horticulture: Norma Braden (6 blues, 3 reds, 1 yellow), Melanie Caldwell (15 blues, 5 reds, 3 yellows), Angie Corpening (9 blues, 1 red), Jane Davis (7 blues, 4 reds, 1 yellow), Bettye Ellington (6 blues, 1 red, 1 yellow, 5 whites), Beth Farquhar (4 blues), Irene Harper (5 blues, 1 red, 1 yellow), Ann Harris (5 blues, 1 red), Pat Kelley (2 blues, 1 white), Sally Kiefer (9 blues, 2 reds, 1 yellow), Diann Kothe (3 blues), Helen Lane (1 blue), Cathy Marrs (6 blues, 8 reds, 2 yellows, 2 whites), Mary McKenzie(9 blues, 3 reds, 1 yellow), Mary Kate Minge (4 blues, 3 reds), Barbara Monday (5 blues, 1 reds), Janet Nutt (20 blues, 3 reds, 1 yellow), Jayne Payne (7 blues, 4 reds, 1 yellow), Glenda Puckett (2 blues, 5 reds, 1 yellow), Reba Sartin (1 blue, 1 red, 1 yellow), Vivian Strain (3 reds), Vivian Toles (7 blues, 2 reds, 1 yellow), Billie Watson (1 blue, 4 reds, 1 yellow), Sondra Wilkins (5 blues, 1 red), Elizabeth Wooten (2 blues, 3 reds), and Pearl Wright (2 blues, 2 reds),
In the Special Exhibits Division, there were two Educational Exhibits. Donna Bentley received the blue ribbon and Educational Award for her exhibit entitled “Beautify Blight in the Schoolyard.” Melanie Caldwell received a red ribbon for an exhibit on water conservation entitled “Catch that Water before It Runs Away.”
As a garden club that has not held a flower show within the past five years, Spade and Trowel qualified to apply for a grant of $200 from the Garden Club of Georgia and was the first club in the state to receive the grant.
Flower Show Chairman Irene Harper praised Spade and Trowel members for their hard work on the show, their creativity, and their good gardening skills, resulting in 323 horticulture entries. “We even surprised ourselves with the scope and quality of the show,” said Harper.