The October program was a surprise "three-fer" by Rachel Ricci, owner of Blue House Blooms in Lignum, Virginia. Ms Ricci talked about the challenges starting up her cut flower business in the middle of Covid, offering specific recommendations for acquiring unique seeds and plant plugs from growers unfamiliar to the club, and all of this while creating a stunning seasonal table arrangement. Rachel's sense of humor and her fearless can-do spirit as she talked of tackling her rocky, red clay soil, dealing with plant diseases and gnawing insects gained her respect from every gardener in the room.
Horticulture & Design Exhibits
DIVISION I - HORTICULTURE:
Section A. Perennials
Class 1. Chrysanthemum
Class 2. Aster
Class 3. Camellia
Class 4. Other
Section B: Fall Vegetables
Class 5. Cucurbita spp.(pumpkin and squash)
Class 6. Beta vulgaris (beet)
Class 7. Brassica rapa (turnip)
Class 8. Other
Section C. Container Grown Plants-Grower’s Choice
Class 9. Home Grown
Class 10. Greenhouse GrownJUDGES: Ann and Susan
DIVISION II – DESIGN:
“Oh Gourdy, Oh Gourdy” - Design using a pumpkin or gourd. Design type and plant material to be listed on a 3x5 card, backdrop encouraged. Remember Principles of Design. Use NGC 2017 Handbook for Flower Shows.
JUDGES: Ann and Susan
*Tip: Spray houseplants which have been outside for the summer with a horticultural oil to eliminate pests before bringing them back inside the house.
Soil test garden and lawn soil separately.
Amend as necessary.