POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – It only happens every two years, so you don’t want to miss one of Pound Ridge’s most popular events when it kicks off Friday afternoon
The Pound Ridge Garden Club’s biennial Flower Show will be held Friday and Saturday at Conant Hall, and club members promise it will be something special.
“It’s an enormous undertaking,” said Barbara Mayer, a member of the Garden Club’s publicity committee. “There are a tremendous number of hours that go into it. It’s such a demanding activity; that’s why we hold it every other year. We are literally filling the building with horticultural specimens including flowers, herbs and vegetables.”
The theme for this year’s show is “If Only Every Day Were a Holiday”; the show will feature artistically arranged flowers celebrating holidays throughout the year. Designs themed for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, Halloween and even the Chinese Lunar New Year will be featured.
“Those entries will be for the design class, which has eight different categories,” Mayer said. “We also have horticulture classes that will have the herbs, annuals, vegetables, flowering plants and other categories of greenery. That part is kind of the like the 4-H Club.”
The show will provide educational opportunities for attendees, including an exhibit on the use of roses for the holidays, as well as an exhibit by youngsters just beginning to learn the elements of floral design.
“The club has been working with children to introduce them to the garden,” Mayer said. “And we will have members on hand to answer questions people might have.”
The children’s exhibit will feature an underwater design evoking the Mardi Gras holiday.
The event will be judged by three national judges from outside the Pound Ridge Garden Club before the doors open, so that attendees will know who the ribbon winners are when they tour the exhibits.
“Pound Ridge Garden Club members are renowned for the artistry of their designs,” Mayer said. “Past shows have garnered awards at both the regional and national levels.”
Conant Hall is located at 257 Westchester Ave. (Route 137) in Pound Ridge. The show runs from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
The Pound Ridge Garden Club is a community service and educational organization, founded in 1941 and affiliated with National Garden Clubs Inc., Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc., 9th District. Membership is open to anyone interested in horticulture, floral design, environmental planting and resource conservation. For more information, contact Mary Miranda, membership committee chairperson, at 914-764-0914.