On a warm Spring evening, I joined friends at a GCA (Garden Club of America) Flower Show, hosted by one of two garden clubs in my little town.
The enchanting event, Founders Keepers, took place at the historical Jay Heritage Center, originally owned by John Jay (1745-1829), one of our Founding Fathers and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Both novice and expert gardeners were represented. Here are a few that really caught my eye!
One of the categories was called “Gazing over the Ha Ha Wall”, which asked the entrants to create a Spring garden based upon the inspiration of the bucolic setting of the John Jay Homestead. My friend, Betsy and her team, Liz, Rita & Karen, created this blue ribbon one.
A closer look reveals an herb garden that one might find on the property of a colonial era estate, such as John Jay’s, though the plant choice and varieties are of a more modern interpretation. The shell design picks up on one of the themes of the show ~ the sailors valentine. The espalier is the symbol of Betsy’s garden club.
And though the flowers were the stars of the evening, the food catered by Watson’s was some of the best presentations I’ve seen.