Reading Boulevard was filled with a charming aroma last week, as attractive flowers adorned the heart of the Wyomissing Public Library-and anyone with a green thumb was there.
On June 15-16, the 10th Annual Community Flower Show was presented by the library, with assistance from members of the Garden Club of Reading.
This year's show celebrated three significant birthdays: the borough's centennial year, the library's 95th anniversary, and the 10th year of the Flower Show.
The celebratory theme was "Putting on the Ritz" and the turnout was remarkable.
"Every year it gets more successful," exclaimed Jacqueline Roddy, a library board member who also serves on the Garden Club of Reading committee. "This is the first time that the three anniversaries have coincided."
The event had two divisions - Horticulture and Design - and approximately 43 categories. Most of the flowers in the Horticulture section can be found in gardens throughout the community.
"With the good weather we had in June, we got a lot of roses," Roddy mentioned, adding that, all participants are amateur gardeners. "It's an opportunity for everyone to enjoy what they are doing and to showcase what's in their backyards."
In addition to the Flower Show, the library contributed a handout that listed the more than 200 gardening books that can be found inside. Arranged by library director Chris Ritter, the listings are currently on display and provide readers with additional library resources.
The 1st Place Winners:
Steve Witman: Rose-Floribunda
Bev Munsing: Old Garden Rose
Heidi Stobbart: Ground Covers - Lamium
Diane Yoh: Herbs - Dill
Sharon Scullin: Herbs - Clary Sage
Betsy Hassler: Herbs - Lavander
Heidi Stobbart: Herbs - Feverfew
Diane Yoh: Herbs - French Tarragon
Betsy Hassler: Evergreens - Broadleaf Evergreen
Steve Witman: Rose - French Perfume
Alana Badinger: Annuals - Larkspur
Betsy Hassler: Perennials - Gallardia-Fanfare
Julia Devos: Perennials - Delphinium
Betsy Hassler: Perennials - Yarrow
Heidi Stobbart: Perennials - Hosta Flower
Alana Badinger: Perennials - Circle Flower
Jen Kimball: Annuals - Impatiens
Bev Munsing: Annuals - Snapdragon
Betsy Hassler: Evergreens - Needled - Skiadopodis
Betsy Hassler: Bulbs - Iris Kaempferi
Bev Munsing: Bulbs - Cale Lily
Wyomissing Public Library Garden: Bulbs - Day Lily
Bev Munsing: Bulbs - Japanese Painted Fern
Jeri Kozloff: Perennials - Hosta (Small, Medium, & Giant)
Bev Munsing: Perennials - Astilbe
Betsy Hassler: Perennials - Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Judy Vehse: Perennials - Paeonia "Pink Parfait"
Jeri Kozloff: Design Division - Class I, "Birthday Blast"