The Scituate Garden Show has been five years in the making, but for Garden Club member Faith Bowker-Maloney, it has been well worth the wait.
“Everyone is starting to think spring, new beginnings, and getting ideas for their garden and what they might want to plant,” Bowker-Maloney said of the event. “It’s educational, fun to do, and Scituate harbor is a great place to do a exhibit like this.”
Excitement is high as Club members host the two-day event on the evening of April 26 and morning of April 27, with dozens of entries from the small and large on display.
Though the show typically occurs every three or four years, and has been ongoing since 1927, but the past few years have been difficult to try to pull everything together.
“It’s a lot of work involved in it, setting the classes and staging and all,” Bowker-Maloney said. “There are other things the club have been tending to, a wildflower garden…it just took a little while to get this all organized, get a theme and getting the whole presentation of it.”
Yet after months of planning and over 60 volunteers, the stage is set to bring in locals to view the designs, which are organized by group and given titles that cleverly hint to the design.
Per the “Fragrance of Flowers” theme of the show, the divisions have been given perfume titles. White Shoulders will feature traditional designs with fresh plant materials, presented on a green pedastle, while Shalimar will have an Asian influence.
Other themes include Evening in Paris, Miss Dior for smaller designs, and Chanel #5 to be displayed on vanity tables. Each category comes complete with dimension requirements and planting specifications.
The event will also feature dozens of horticultural entries, from tulips and houseplants to branches and bulbs.
“I think people enjoy seeing things presented by the Garden Club. The Fragrance of Flowers will be the place to be this weekend,” Bowker-Maloney said.
Fourth and fifth graders also participate, with a Junior Gardeners category as well.
Judges had already gone through the entries by Friday morning, and the doors were open to the public in the afternoon for a first look of the event.
Club members will gather at 7 p.m. to highlight the achievements.
The public will be invited back into the venue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This weekend, we have Scituate Ship Shape ship Day so there will be a lot of people out and about and maybe dropping in,” Bowker-Maloney said.
Especially after a trying winter and a tragic beginning to spring, Bowker-Maloney hoped that people may be able to come by, if only for a few minutes, and stop and smell the roses.
The event will take place at the St. Mary of the Nativity Parish Center on 2 Edward Foster Road. The event is free of charge.
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