NH Club Notes: NH garden club members compete at Boston show

April 19. 2017 8:47PM
Blanche Garone of the Derry Garden Club received first place for her Creative Transparency Design in the “X-Ray Vision” design class at the Boston Flower & Garden Show last month. The show's theme was “Superheroes of the Gardens.” (COURTESY)

The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs was well-represented at the Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston last month, with 13 members entered in the creative floral design competition this year.

The theme of the flower show was “Superheroes of the Gardens,” and the design competition divisions and their classes followed the theme.

Tracey Burhoe of the Ashland Garden Club received an honorable mention for her creative design, “Invisibility.” (COURTESY)

Ashland Garden Club

• Tracey Burhoe, honorable mention for her Freedom of Style Design in the “Invisibility” class.

• Fern Doucette, second place (90-plus points), Creative Stretch Design, Transformation” class; and third place, Transparency Design, “X-Ray Vision” class.

Linda Paré of the Ashland Garden Club received a first and a Designer’s Choice Award for her creative design, “Invisibility.”

• Judy Gray, a former member now living in Rhode Island, first place and a Designer’s Choice Award, Freedom of Style Design, “Wall Crawling” class; the Garden Club of America Certificate of Excellence in Flower Arranging, given once during the show for an exhibit of distinction; and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts’ Clare Richards Award, a plaque for her floral design that “best exemplifies the sense of color,” also given once, if merited. 
Linda Pare also entered a design class specifying the use of thorns and roses and received a high second place with a score of 90-plus. (COURTESY)

• Linda Paré, first place and a special Designer’s Choice Award, Freedom of Style Design, “Invisibility” class; second place (90-plus points), rose and thorn entry, “Games of Thorns” class; honorable mention, Creative Stretch Design, “Transformation” class; the Garden Club of Massachusetts’ Barbara D. May Award of Design Excellence, given once during the show, for having received the highest number of points in a Designer’s Choice.

Joanne Krause of the Atkinson Garden Club received an Honorable Mention for the creative design she entered, “Wall Crawling.” (COURTESY)

Atkinson Garden Club

• Pat Bennett, third place, Freedom of Style Design, “Invisibility” class.

• Joanne Krause, honorable mention, Freedom of Style Design, “Wall Crawling” class.

Bow Garden Club

• Susan Johnson, second place, Freedom of Style Design, “Invisibility” class. 

Claremont Garden Club

• Carol Weiss, second place, a bracelet of dried plant materials, “Brace Yourself” class.

Michelle Mesinger of the Derry Garden Club received multiple honors for her traditional design “in the early 20th century American manner.” (COURTESY)

Derry Garden Club


• Blanche Garone, first-place blue ribbon, Creative Transparency Design, “X-Ray Vision” class. 

• Michelle Mensinger, first place and a tri-color ribbon of distinction, Traditional Mass or Mass Line Design in the Early 20th Century American Manner, “Strength” class; the Marie Hancock Award for achievement in traditional design, awarded once during the show.

Mary Ellen Sienkiwiecz of the Old Homestead Garden Club received a high second place with 90-plus points for her creative design “Wall Crawling.” (COURTESY)

New Hampton Garden Club

• Sue Cram, first place, an Artisan Award and a special National Garden Club award, a medal given once during the show for one entry that scored 95-plus points, for her cuff bracelet for Wonder Woman made of all dried plant material, “Brace Yourself” class; first place, Traditional Line Mass Design, “Legends in Their Own Time” class; second place (90-plus points), Steampunk Design, “Super Pollinators” class. 

Old Homestead Garden Club

• Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz, second place (90-plus points), Freedom of Style Design, “Wall Crawling Class.”

Gail Bartlett’s Creative Stretch Design “Transformation” received third place. She is a member of the Peterborough Garden Club. (COURTESY)

Peterborough Garden Club

• Gail Bartlett, third place, Creative Stretch Design, “Transformation” class. 

The NHFGC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of local garden clubs whose mission is “to provide education, resources and statewide networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.” For more about joining or starting a garden club, visit www.nhfgc.org or email membership@nhfgc.org.


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