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A REALLY BIG DAFFODIL SHOW

Mon, April 22, 2019

 

Everything was coming up daffodils for the Martinsville Garden Club on March 26 when the Garden Club of Virginia’s 85th annual daffodil show took place in Richmond.
One club member brought home a silver trophy bowl and 28 ribbons for daffodils she had grown from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where the GCV’s 2019 Daffodil Show took place. Another club member, who entered her category as an individual, won the prize for an arrangement she made that had to follow specific guidelines.
Lucy Wilson, the Martinsville Garden Club flower shows chairman, entered flowers she had grown in the show’s horticulture division. One of those competitions, for the Mary McDermott Beirne Challenge Bowl, required entering three stems each from four varieties of all-white daffodils.
Wilson entered daffodils she had grown that are called “Hot Gossip.” The daffodils have nearly neon-orange trumpets, the cups in the center of daffodils. Wilson won the silver punch bowl, plus 28 ribbons for other daffodils she had grown.
The show also has competitive classes for arrangements, many of which must be done following specific guidelines. The arrangement Frankie Smith, another Martinsville Garden Club member, entered was for a traditional line mass. (She entered as an individual because spaces for entries as clubs had already filled up.)
Smith chose to make her mass of daffodils follow a S-like curve. It’s called the Hogarth curve, a shape which Wilson said has been described in fine arts classes as “the most pleasing in all nature.”
The show followed a winter that brought lots of rain. Wilson described seeing the daffodils coming up this year by quoting from A.A. Milne:
“She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head and whispered to her neighbor, ‘Winter is dead.’”


 
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