Flower power: Show this week will educate public on growing, arranging
by Sally Litchfield
May 20, 2014 09:26 PM | 1534 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Edna McClellan, show chairwoman, and Karin Guzy, horticulture classification chairwoman, arrange flowers and other design work on a table at a recent meeting of the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs. The club will be hosting A  Petite Standard Flower Show will be at the Charles Switzer Library (Cobb Library Main Library on Roswell Road) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Edna McClellan, show chairwoman, and Karin Guzy, horticulture classification chairwoman, arrange flowers and other design work on a table at a recent meeting of the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs. The club will be hosting A Petite Standard Flower Show will be at the Charles Switzer Library (Cobb Library Main Library on Roswell Road) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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A miniature design by the  Marietta Council of Garden Clubs.
A miniature design by the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs.
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Flowers in miniature vases.
Flowers in miniature vases.
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04-22-14 - Miniture designs by the  Marietta Council of Garden Clubs will be featured at A  Petite Standard Flower Show at the Charles Switzer Library (Cobb Library Main Library on Roswell RD) on May 22, 23 and 24. Staff/Jeff Stanton
04-22-14 - Miniture designs by the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs will be featured at A Petite Standard Flower Show at the Charles Switzer Library (Cobb Library Main Library on Roswell RD) on May 22, 23 and 24. Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Creative Study, a flower show judges’ study group that is a member of the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs, will conduct a Petite Standard Flower Show over Memorial Day weekend. The patriotically themed show titled “Celebrating America with Flowers” is at the Charles D. Switzer Library (formerly the Central Library). The show will open to the public on Thursday at 3 p.m., after judging is completed and run through May 24.

Educational talks will also be offered on topics such as Ikebana techniques, growing African violets, the role of color in floral design, principles of design, and basic design. Talks will be scheduled on the hour on Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

“The purpose of show is to educate the public,” said Karin Guzy, an east Cobb resident and member of Creative Study.

She said flower shows also stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, provide an outlet for creative expression and convey to the community the objectives of the National Garden Clubs.

The show focuses on petite entries as well as horticultural entries. “A petite show features small floral designs, conforming to 5-inch or 8-inch square spaces,” Guzy said.

“It’s an unusual thing to do, have a petite show. We are going to focus on plant material that is either naturally small or something that nurseries or plant societies refer to as dwarf. We realized that not everyone will have a lot of material that fits that area so we are also having a standard size horticulture division,” Guzy said.

“The horticulture section will have cut specimens out of people’s gardens, things you’ve grown yourself that will be open to the public for entries,” she said.

The show also serves to hone the skills of the study club flower show judges. Show times are Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Charles D. Switzer Library is at 266 Roswell St., Marietta.

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