The Port St. Joe Garden Club presented a National Garden Club Flower Show June 9 in honor of National Garden Week at its historical Garden Center located at 216 8th Street. This year the theme of the Show was "By the Sea...By the Sea.” The show included divisions for design, horticulture, youth and an educational exhibit. Fifteen designers, all garden club members, competed in four categories in the Design Division. Horticultural specimens were also submitted by many members and also judged. Three accredited flower show judges provided the judging for the event. The public was asked to participate in the judging by choosing their favorite design in each category and to choose the Best in Show design, to be known as the People's Choice Awards.

The first design category, "Teetering Sandpipers" required the design move in a dominant and distinct rhythm reminiscent of a sandpiper's jazzy and rhythmic movement. Susan Wozniak won first place in this category, as well as Best in Show, with her design. The design prominently featured a flowing octopus like senecio scaposis, which is a beautiful succulent, a yellow orchid, and pink cordyline fruticosa leaves. Susan's interpretation of her design was "emerald waves pounding, pounding, pounding...relentlessly shaping our beloved St. Joseph Bay". This design was also awarded the People's Choice Award for the "Teetering Sandpipers" category and the People's Choice Award for Best in Show in the design division. The design was truly stunning.

"Forgotten Coast De-Light", the second design category, required the use of lights for a special effect and as an integral part of the design. Sarah Darden created the winning design, a black iron candlestick base supporting a mass of asparagus fern, umbrella plants, and aspidistra highlighted by red carnations. The design entitled "Put On Your Pearls And PARTY!" had your heels tapping and dancing as you viewed the design. Carol Weber was awarded the People's Choice award for her light and airy design in this category.

Era Daniels, a long-time Garden Club member, won first place in the "Seaside Serenity" category. This category required that the design transmit a sense of peacefulness. Era's design, a large seashell placed on a beautiful wood slice, provided a bit of whimsy along with feelings of peace with the prominent placement of a long legged pink flamingo in the design. Era also won the People's Choice Award for this category.

The fourth category, Malacological Miniatures, a petite design required the incorporation of a seashell and was limited to a 10 inch disc for display. Caroline Masden won first place in this category with her design incorporating various succulents and an air plant. There was a tie in this category for the People's Choice Award between Carolyn Madsen's and Nancy Edward’s design.

Donna Smolko won the Horticultural Excellence, Merit, and the Barbara Wood Award for her prize winning Gerbera Daisy horticultural submission. The award of Horticultural Excellence is given to the most outstanding horticulture entry while the Barbara Wood Award, honoring the Port St. Joe Garden Club's first lifetime member, is given to the most outstanding entry, design or horticultural, in the show. Barbara Conway won the Sweepstakes Award for winning the most blue ribbons in the horticultural division.

The following members were awarded first awards for their horticultural submissions: Mary Amann, Jill Bebee, Deb Clancy, Barbara Conway, Sarah Darden, Patty Dunlap, Nancy Edwards, Linda Fitch, Jean Fortner, Saundra Grace, Mary Harrison, Elaine Jackson, Caroline Madsen, Sue Meyer, Donna Smolko, Carol Weber and Judith Williams.

Rounding out the show, Ainsley Grace received numerous ribbons for her submissions in the Youth Division and the Master Gardeners' Educational Exhibit presented by Gulf County's Maser Gardeners gave a wonderful demonstration on why walking on the dunes causes beach erosion. If you were unable to attend the Flower Show, or would just like to view the exhibits again, stop by the Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library to view some of the winning exhibits. The exhibits will be displayed beginning June 11.