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Browning group honors horticultural excellence

15 enter annual show

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 4:30 am

The Browning Community Garden Club honored members for their horticultural excellence at its annual show Saturday.

This year, 15 gardeners entered with 81 plants in 26 categories.

“When we’re looking at the flowers and plants, the unique really stand out,” said Doris Magnor, a judge at the show. “We start on a scale, with everyone having 100 points, and take off points from there.

“Lots of things matter for each plant: the spread of the stems, the quality of the blooms. Unfortunately, some things will die by the time judging begins, so timing really matters, too.”

Late freezes damaged many plants and caused many gardeners to lose their greenery, but the weather didn’t hinder participation.

“Normally, roses do great here, but the freeze really hurt this year,” said Margaret Hoke, a founding member of the club.

The overall winner was Mollie Birsch. She won two of the five awards of merit for her iris and Joseph’s coat rose.

Birsch’s clematis won the Horticulture Excellence Award, and her green thumb also earned her the Sweepstakes honor

“Last year, I didn’t win anything special,” she said. “I did learn a hard lesson about clematis though — winter comes, and the vines die off. I cut them down when that happens, and the flowers bloomed right where I cut, so I had all of these flowers on the ground.”

Magnor won two Awards of Merit for her larkspur and tri-color hoya.

Dennis Henry received an Award of Merit for his Eve’s needle, and Danny Fitch earned the Arboreal Award for his Osage orange.

Several members were ecstatic to win their categories.

“I’m so happy for my little plant,” said Cha Adams, a blue ribbon winner in the shrub category. “I really am excited; (the club) told me to enter when I wasn’t too sure. I’m so happy.”

The Browning Community Garden Club started in 1980 and was named after an early settler in the area.

“When we decided to name it, we thought, ‘Let’s give a little history.’ We wanted to keep up the heritage of the community,” said Margaret Hoke.

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