Although autumn has begun, there were flowers galore as the Conestoga and Twin Valleys Garden Clubs presented a Garden Scenes Flower Show at Woodbridge Assisted Living Residence, in Kimberton, from Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27.
According to Cindy Maguire, Conestoga Garden Club, the show has been popular with both residents and visitors.
"Over 40 people have come by to take in all of the displays," she said. "A lot of the residents have commented how they've enjoyed seeing all of the pretty flowers and exhibits."
The show drew an estimated 100 entries. While competing in 16 categories, each garden club took home a Best In Show prize.
Winning in Best In Show - Artistic was Suzanne Schrogie of the Conestoga Garden Club. Schrogie, of Chester Springs, won with a dramatic table setting of African design, highlighted with an orangy gerbera daisy.
Winning in Best In Show - Horticulture was Nancy Holman of the Twin Valley Garden Club. Holman, also of Chester Springs, received top honors with her collection of annuals and herbs, accented by a protruding salvia.
Maguire wasn't a stranger to winning, as she won second place in the miniature niche category. Her entry, Tiny Gems, was a pot consisting of small leaf shrubs and annual flowers. "The judges said the arrangement was pleasant," she said.
She also won third place in the coleus category, which is a foliage plant primarily used in shaded pots.
"I'm very pleased with winning several ribbons," she said. "With all of the entries, I wasn't sure how I'd place amongst the competitors."
Presenting three different rose displays was Ann Marie Drummond of Phoenixville, who divulged the secret to maintaining bountiful roses.
"To keep my roses looking spectacular, I rely on constant spraying," she said. "I've taken to picking off the bugs that appear from time to time. I take a lot of pride in how my roses look."
Admiring some of the exhibits was Nicole Cianci Taylor, marketing director, Woodbridge Assisted Living Residence.
"Everything in this room is so beautiful," she said. "We were glad to donate the room for this show. The residents have been taking time from their activities to come down and look at everything. I wish my plants at home looked this well."
Maguire said the room was a perfect setting to have the show this year. "We had the show here so the residents could enjoy the displays," she said. "It gives them an opportunity to see some colorful foliage. The folks here have been really great to work with."
While visiting a friend at the residence, Lita Mueller of Schuykill Township decided to take in the spring-like sights.
"The flowers look absolutely magnificant," she said. "I really like flowers, so this was a real treat. The display were really well put together."