Carroll Garden Club members reap honors in State Flower Show


MEMBERS OF THE Carroll Garden Club recently brought home honors from the State Flower Show at Anne Arundel Community College.

The show is held every five years at locations throughout Maryland, and this one proved to be unique, thanks to El Nino.

The show featured more roses than any other flower, no tulips and "one woman managed to have two daffodils," said Mary Ellen Bay, garden club member and winner of a blue and a yellow ribbon in this year's competition.

The Carroll Garden Club was honored for having the highest percentage of club members participating, an award few members anticipated.

"We thought there would be more people from the Severna Park area. Having the most people is unheard of," Bay said.

Participants competed in two areas, horticulture and design, sometimes in several classes for each.

Lu Dawson -- a Finksburg resident who is affectionately called "our rose lady with 170 rose bushes" by club members -- won a blue ribbon in the botanical class. Every flower in her arrangement -- including snap dragons, roses, gas plant and variegated foliage -- was grown in a greenhouse or garden.

Dawson also won the Ann Gorman Stewart Award, an award for the highest-scoring blue ribbon in its class.

In addition to winning a yellow ribbon for her campanula, Bay won a blue ribbon and a tri-color ribbon for her early 19th-century French design. Home-grown flowers included larkspur, honeysuckle, carnations, dames rocket, moss roses, sweet williams and clippings from a summer snowball bush.

Other victories included:

Horticulture: Julia Landrum, two blues, one red and one yellow; Lois Sebastian, one blue, one yellow, one white and a reference book for her prize peony; Beth Sparks, one red and two yellows; Connie Hoge, one blue, one red and one yellow; Juanita Adams, two yellows; Joan Mann, two blues, one red and a yellow; Marjorie Schiebel, one blue for five euonymus, one blue for her allium, one yellow for five roses, one red for five coleus, one red for five pelargoniums, one yellow for five begonias and one yellow for her Hanukkah table in the artistry class.

Design awards: one red to Connie Hoge for her Hanukkah table and two blues for Beth Sparks for her floral design that had distinct looks on its opposite sides.

"We would love for more people to come to things like this to see what you can grow in this area," Bay said.

The Carroll Garden Club welcomes new members once a year and welcomes people to its meetings all year long.

Several workshops have been scheduled for the summer, including two on floral arrangements. The first workshop is at 6: 30 p.m. July 8 and the second at 6: 30 p.m. Aug. 5, both at Union Bridge Community Center.

For more information about the club and additional workshops, call Fran Liggon, president, 410-876-1312.

Scout silver award

Kristine Woolford, daughter of Dot and Art Woolford of Westminster, recently received the Silver Award, the second-highest honor in Scouting, for her work with children in Baltimore.

A freshman at Westminster High School, Kristine has been in Scouting since she was a Daisy in kindergarten. She completed her community service hours by the time she was in eighth grade and

continues to volunteer for Scouting projects, including the weeklong summer camp.

To earn the Silver Award, Kristine traveled to Baltimore to help youngsters read. She and another troop member read to the children, played games with them and "essentially helped build their self-esteem," Kristine said.

"It feels good to have this award, because I know I have done something to help others," she added. "I get along with children, and it is fun to be around them."

Kristine's next goal is to earn the Gold Award by organizing a community blood drive. She is a member of Troop 112, which is led by Diane Arbutis and assistant leader Amy Henry.

Benefit concert

Brya Deanne Myers, daughter of Barbara J. Myers of Westminster and Bryan D. Myers of Virginia Beach, Va., has been accepted into the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.

Through the program, Brya will have the opportunity to take Italian language classes and classes with Italian singers. She will perform in Italian opera houses and study with voice teachers from around the world.

To cover the $3,000 estimated cost of her trip, Brya is presenting a benefit recital at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster.

"I'm so completely excited. I have never been out of the country," said Brya. "The concert lets me share my talent and show why I am going."

Brya started singing with the Carroll County Children's Choir when she was 6. She has performed with Theatre on the Hill and September Song Productions.

She is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and is a junior at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Information: 410-876-6993.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/08/98

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