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Wed, May 30, 2018


Competitors in the Botanical Arts category at the Garden Club of Virginia’s 2018 Daffodil Show on March 28 faced a challenging task indeed: design a necklace for the Garden Club of Virginia’s president to wear. The visible parts of the necklace had to be made with real dried flowers and/or leaves and/or vines – anything as long as it was botanical.

Shar Peitz, of the Martinsville Garden Club, rose to the occasion and won a ribbon, yellow for third-place. Her necklace featured delicate dried flowers in colors across the spectrum, from blue to red to white, underpinned by green leaves. The necklace had yellow, of course, from miniature daffodils.

The flowers covered a half-moon shaped base made from bamboo. The tip at either end of the half-moon was connected to a “chain” to support the necklace.

To create the “chain,” Peitz braided strips of raffia palm. The two halves of a nutshell, a hickory nut from Peitz’s own yard, housed – and, thus, concealed -- the magnets used as the necklace’s clasp to join the two ends of the “chain” at the back of the neck.

“The project was both an engineering and artistic endeavor,” Peitz said. “It was definitely a challenge, but one that I enjoyed and learned from.”

Peitz was just one of the local club’s members who competed in the show, also known as Daffodil Day. It took place in Richmond on March 28. The American Daffodil Society sanctions the Garden Club of Virginia’s show, so it draws entrants from GCV-affiliated garden clubs across the state and from ADS members from any state.

Lucy Wilson, the Martinsville club’s Flower Shows Chairman, worked her daffodil magic, winning the Bill Pannill trophy – again. It honors her late uncle, William G. Pannill. “Daffy Bill,” as he was known, was a world-renowned expert on daffodils as well as a prolific hybridizer himself.

His niece also won more than 25 ribbons. Although the show took place at the end of March, this year’s weather seemed to bring unusually cold spells. Wilson said many competitors simply had fewer daffodils to enter, as compared with the number she had.

“There’s a lot of competition statewide in horticulture, so I’m just glad to have won any silver,” Wilson said.

Frankie Smith, a veteran arranger, entered a Phoenix arrangement, which Wilson said won compliments from other arrangers, who found the arrangement “striking.”

Peggy Rogers, the Martinsville Garden Club’s Daffodil Chairman, helped the club’s arrangers put it all together, with support from club President Helen Carter.

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