Suffield Garden Club hosts flower show at Phelps Hatheway House
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
The Suffield Garden Club sponsored a flower show called “Bring Out the Bling” at the Phelps Hatheway House on Oct. 25 and 26. The exhibit included horticulture, design, photography and special exhibits. All exhibits were created by Suffield Garden Club members, Garden Therapy, Suffield Vo-Ag students, Suffield Land Conservancy, junior gardeners and the Garden Club Conservation Committee.
The show was held in the house as well as the barn. The contestants were encouraged to make their entries as special as they could. The judges were so impressed with the winners, they nominated them for a National Federal Garden Club Award. “We will be making a book to display and describe our plants,” said site administrator Michele Holcombe. “When we are done, we will submit our work for a chance at the national award.”
Fran Adamczyk and Rita Chmura were proudly displaying their labors of love in the barn. “I grew these mini gourds from seeds which Bielonko Farms had donated for this challenge,” said Chmura. “My jade plant won first prize and the Grower’s Choice Award. My rosemary plant also received first place and Award of Merit.”
“My plants received first place and Grower’s Choice Award for Horticultural Excellence,” said Adamczyk. “I made a trough of different sedums and succulents. There are several versions of my plants. I chose a few and combined them in one trough. This is a great time.”
Marnie Cooper and Raulph Stocker of Windsor were taking in the sights. “We come to the Hatheway House whenever they have events,” said Cooper. “We are looking for floral inspiration. I knew this would be a great place to start.”
Kathy Remington made a design piece from items on hand. “I found a wooden box with a handle on it,” said Remington. “It was designed to carry things like garden tools. I framed it with barn boards and attached old hand tools. I earned an honorable mention in the Flower Show Award.”
The Suffield Garden Club has approximately 100 members. “We are proud to be a part of the Hatheway House,” said Holcombe. “The club members run the gift shop, take care of the garden and show the barn as well as the house. From May to October, we have an open house on the weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.”
The historic homestead is owned by the non-profit Antiquarian and Landmarks Society. The Suffield Garden Club maintains the garden.
The Phelps Hatheway House will be open to the public for holiday tours on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 8. The house will be professionally decorated by Pentimento Florists and the Suffield Garden Club.