May 16, 2024

Program: "Rain Gardens: How, What & Where?"

Richard Jacobs, P.E., Virginia Soil and Water Conservation, shared practical information and cost effective ways club members could reduce runoff and erosion on their property by installing rain gardens. Not only can rain gardens be an attractive addition to the landscape but they help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.

Horticulture & Design Exhibits

Division I - Horticulture

Section A.  Shrubs & Trees

Class 1.  Euonymus

Class 2.  Hibiscus

Class 3.  Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle)

Class 4.  Other

Section B.  Bulbs, Corms, Tubers, Rhizomes

Class 5.  Dahlia

Class 6.  Gladiolus

Class 7.  Zantodenchia (Calla Lily)

Class 8.  Other

Section C.  Perennials

Class 9.  Echinacea (Coneflower) *

Class 10.  Rudbeckia (Coneflower) *

Class 11.  Hosta

Class 12.  Other

*  Echinacea is typically pink or purple and black in color.  Rudbeckia is vibrant yellow or orange with yellow or black center.

Section D.  Herbs

Class 13.  Lavendula (Lavender)

Class 14.  Salvia rosmarinus (Rosemary)

Class 15.  Petroselinum crispum (Parsley)

Class 16.  Other

Section E.  Container Grown Plants - Grower's Choice

Class 17.  Home Grown

Class 18.  Greenhouse Grown

Section F.  Annuals

Class 19.  Geraniums

Class 20.  Marigolds

Class 21.  Sunflower

Class 22.  Other

* Tip:  Keep on deadheading.  The more you deadhead, the more your flowers will rebloom.  However, letting the last flowers of the season go to seed can be kind to birds in Fall and Winter.  Watch lawn for brown spots caused by insect activity or fungus.

Division II - Design

Designer's Choice - Design type and plant material to be listed on a 3x5 card. Backdrop encouraged. Remember Principles of Design.  Use NGC Handbook for Flower Shows.